Dusting Off the Cobwebs with the 30 Day Poetry Challenge


At the beginning of this year, I was on a roll with my writing. I was working on e-books, I was blogging a lot, and I was really writing a lot in general. And then all of that came to a screeching halt in February with a stressful work situation. As I wrote about in my last post, I decided to quit that job to be a freelance writer. Just before I was about to complete my last two weeks working there, I got really sick with an awful cold/flu/plague that lasted a little over a week. (I’m still dealing with the remaining crud that follows being sick.)

But now I’m working as a full-time freelancer, and I’m pretty much over being sick so it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and get to writing again. Luckily, tomorrow the 30 Day Poetry Challenge begins. This is one of my favorite times of year. A few poets I met in grad school at the University of New Orleans created this challenge a few years ago. Every day in April, they post a new poetry prompt on their Facebook page. In 2011 and in 2012, I participated for the first week or so. Last year, I actually managed to do all 30 days.

This is the perfect opportunity for me to get back to my daily routine of writing, and I’m excited to start. I will be posting my poems every day here. Some of them are likely to be crap, but when you write every day, you will most likely write crap at some point. It’s a necessary part of the writing process, though, and I am grateful for all of the bad things I have written. Without them, I don’t think I ever would have written anything good. (Some people may think I still haven’t written anything good. Who cares? It’s all subjective!)

Anyway. So I’m participating in the 30 Day Poetry Challenge this year, and I’m inviting those of you who are interested in writing poems to participate with me.

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