Early last month I made a commitment to writing a blog post every day for “the rest of the year” – 23 days/23 blog posts. Although I fell short (I produced 16 posts in 23 days), the end result was exactly what I was looking for. I have formed a writing habit.
Not as interesting as, say, forming a coke habit or as healthy and inspiring as running 5 miles a day…but to a writer, it’s the difference between life and death (or, at the very least, it’s the difference between being a writer and being someone who just calls themselves a writer).
Since that little project worked out so well, I’ve decided to add another to the list courtesy of Poets & Writers Magazine. Throughout 2011, P&W is going to offer both a fiction and a poetry prompt – weekly. I’ll not promise to try to tackle them both – but I will promise to attempt one of them every week and to share those attempts with you. If you’re looking for a kick-start in 2011, why not do this challenge with me? You can have the prompts sent to your email inbox by simply registering with P&W (it’s free) and then signing up for their email newsletter, The Time Is Now (where you’ll find the prompts).
Every week, I’ll post the original prompt and the result of attempting it. If I can illustrate the process, I’ll do that too. To get us all started, here is this week’s (the first of 2011) poetry prompt from Poets & Writers Magazine:
“Choose a favorite poem written by somebody else, type a copy of it, delete every other line from the poem, and write your own lines to replace those you’ve deleted. Next, delete the remaining lines from the old poem so that only your lines remain. Read what you have, and revise it, adding new lines to fill in the gaps.”