How’s the first official work week of 2016 treating you, my fellow practicing writers?
So far, so good for me.
Yes, I know we’re only five days in, but so far, I’ve stuck to my new year’s intention (a word I prefer to “resolution”) to draft one new poem every day. (Haiku counts.) I’m getting up a tad earlier to try to get these poems done before I dig into the rest of the day.
I admit that last year commenced with a similar intention—which petered out around April/May. But while it lasted, it was great—I wrote A LOT of poems, a few of which, after revision, have been published or accepted for publication in 2016. (Example: “Beautiful Enough.”)
Any success here I credit to prompts. Seriously: I could not even contemplate writing a poem a day if I didn’t have all kinds of prompts bookmarked or otherwise filed away. This week, I’ve also been consulting The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano. I bought a copy for my Kindle some weeks (months?) ago, when there was a Kindle special. But I saved the book for use in 2016.
Speaking of Poetry (and Kelli Russell Agodon)
Thanks to Ellen Wade Beals, I caught a tweet advising of the January 3 #poetparty on Twitter. And Sunday at 9pm (Eastern), while much of the rest of the country was watching the beginning of the end of Downton Abbey, I was online, partying away (poetically, that is)!
You can read through the tweets to get a sense of what happens in the #poetparty. (Among other things, I re-connected with Kelli Russell Agodon there!) I’m hoping to log on next month, on February 7, when the #poetparty re-convenes.
The Accountability Project
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me whining there about the writing project that I’ve recently dubbed “The Albatross” (yes, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” made a lasting impression on me). My whining isn’t limited to Twitter; I’ve shared it sufficiently elsewhere such that one of my writing friends (who isn’t on Twitter) and I are now “accountability partners.”
And it’s working: I’ve already met the word count that I’m supposed to be able to report as accomplished by Friday. Long may this continue!
So that’s what’s new with me and my writing. What about you?