I was inspired by my mom recently to set some clearer goals in my writing than I have for a while and to create a challenge for myself, specifically connected to my blog. For a long time writing has been a very personal way for me of expressing and understanding, and something I do for myself. It’s not something I pressure myself about, or set deadlines for…it just pours out when it’s ready.
But I’ve decided that I want to challenge myself and try new things to grow as a writer. I write poetry a lot, but have not stretched myself in that area very much, so what I decided to do is to try a new form of poetry every week for the next 30 weeks. Sunday afternoons are my writing afternoons, and those are the days I’ll write my poem for the week. Any other time I find to write during the week will be spent researching the form and analyzing examples. Then on Sundays I’ll have a whack at it! I don’t have a particular order, and so far my list of forms is at 26, leaving me a couple of spare weeks for the tougher forms I might need some more time to work with. I’ve also got a couple of my own ideas/forms I’ve experimented with and would like to continue developing.
I expect to be challenged by the deadlines and short timeframes and that I’ll feel that I’m moving on before finishing or perfecting my pieces. I not only want to broaden my horizons in the poetry I write and to experience different forms of this art, but also to accept and embrace the imperfection that often holds me back from trying new things and taking risks. I’ll probably be putting out a lot of poems I’m not completely proud of or pleased with, and feeling self conscious about sharing that – and I think that will be good for me!
My goal is to post something every single week, even if I didn’t get the time I wanted to really work with the form, or really don’t have anything finished, or hate what I do have, to make sure that I keep going. Each week I’ll share the poem I wrote, a bit about the form I used, and some reflections on the challenges and epiphanies I experienced while exploring each form. I’m excited to start this journey!