365 Days of Poetry

On the heels of my first successful NaNoWriMo, I’m taking on a creative 365 challenge for 2012. One poem each day. The blog is here. May as well use it to house the words.

At the same time, my-husband-the-talented-photographer is shooting a photo a day and posting his art on his blog. He dug up a list of prompts and scrambled them into random order, providing an automatic starting point for each day’s creative exercise.

At first I thought this approach was too restrictive. I don’t need a prescribed theme; I will just trust the muse and write what comes.

Baloney. The 365 challenge is structured by nature. Adding another dimension to the “rules” won’t restrict me. In fact, it will liberate me from having to think of a new idea every day. Prompt in head, I will be free to write.

I could drum up my own prompts, but Jim already did the work. So i’m stealing his list. Some of the topics are photo-specific and will be a challenge (day 22 = “natural framing”). But I’m up for it. Plus, we’ll get to share and compare our creative experience at the end of each day. Wow, I never thought of that angle. Or Holy smokes, we match!

So, off we go. Day one …

5 responses to “365 Days of Poetry

  1. Great idea! I did the NaNoWriMo once. I had bought his “kit” so I did it in May. Boy it was a whirlwind, but such an awesome experience. I wish you luck in your challenge this year :).

    • I’ve never heard of the NaNoWriMo kit; that’s an interesting idea. Now that I’ve taken the November challenge once, I can easily envision doing it again and again. Certainly, making that daily commitment for a short time gave me the confidence to take on a daily challenge for a year. By now (March 20) I can honestly say my daily writing session is a habit I enjoy and would not want to miss. Like breakfast!

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