Ready to Get Inspired?

Many of us find our creativity continually waylaid. Often the desire to write simply isn’t strong enough to defy a world of distractions, especially if we’re not sure how to begin. It’s easier to focus on the million things we have to do and put our creativity aside yet again. The truth is, we need reasons to write. The 84 exercises in The Whimsical Muse give creativity a chance. They require no planning or preparation. Just open the book and go.

“If writer’s block is real, then finally here’s a cure. The Whimsical Muse is a playful little book packed with quirky and thought-provoking poetry prompts…I will use this witty and wise collection of prompts as a text for my students, and I hereby commit myself to employing these prompts in pursuit of my own new poems.”

Lowell Jaeger

Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019

“Spend more time chatting with the sun,” Danell Jones tells us. “Reel out the invented life as far as you desire.” Every page of this book is a potential poem, and each quotation, each suggestion for either a brief exercise or a more extended exploration is designed to get us past whatever stands in the way.  What playful brilliance she offers in this light-hearted and vital book. 

Tami Haaland

Montana Poet Laureate 2013-2015