Well, it’s over! I’m amazed at how quickly writing a poem a day flew by, and I’m also relieved not to write a poem today! The challenge accomplished what I wanted it to, which was to maintain a daily writing habit and cultivate creativity. It also taught me about my best writing atmosphere.
I found that sitting down with tea and paper and pen yielded the best results. When I was in a rush or typing on a blank screen, the words flowed slower and stiffer. If I was stuck, looking out the window and observing nature helped encourage me and refreshed my sense of wonder.
During the challenge I wrote a lot of nonsense poems simply to accomplish the daily goal. That was useful because even nonsense writing forced my brain and muse to show up on a regular basis. I wrote some poems that I really enjoyed, and that made me truly reflect on life and my priorities.
My three favorite poems from the month were:
1. Puddle Hunting
2. At Home in This World
3. I Don’t Have Time to Read
Did you partake in the challenge? Even if just for one day? If so, did you enjoy it? Learn something new about your writing?
Writing a poem a day was a wonderful challenge to keep me in a creative flow. As I go into NaNoREVISEMo with a goal of revising one chapter per day during the month of November, I’ll need fresh creativity, unique problem-solving, and mental toughness to persevere. I’ll also need a way to stretch my computer-sore muscles!
Enter the November Yoga Practice! I’ll be focusing on gratitude and health as I take care of my body and mind during a tough season of revision.