As many of us poetry people know, April is National Poetry Month
(though in today’s globally connected world, it should be international since it unofficially kind of is). So I want to set a goal: I want to write a minimum of…um…two poems every week in April.
I know this might not sound like much of a goal, but I haven’t written many poems in way too long of a time. I need to ease into it, and I need some help getting back into the writing mood in general. This is where you all come in.
I know many people who follow the site are poets in one way or another, whether published or more closeted poets. So I want to ask a few things of you:
- What helps inspire you out of a writing slump? I’m sure there’s no definite “cure” for a writing slump, but maybe some ideas could help push me to write something good.
- Do you know of any good writing prompts? Please share them 🙂
- I’ve tried finding good prompts in the past, but when I find some lists, I feel they’re uninspiring and they never actually prompt me to write. I feel like I’m forcing a poem out to try to fulfill what it wants.
- Maybe there are some poets or poems that help you get back into a good inspired mood. I’d love to check those out as well.
No for part two of this post. Goals for the blog itself and my reading habits.
- I won’t be reading novels this month (for the most part). I’ll finish a small list I have for some reviews, but I’m almost done anyway.
- Instead, I’ll try to focus on my poetry (or stories if an idea comes to me) and also, I’ll try to focus on reading poetry and poetry collections all month.
- This means: A Storied Week will change slightly. I’ll either “review” about 5 poems I read during the week or stick to a “review” of a poet)(s) I read that week. I think that’sa good trade off.
Thirdly, and lastly…
If anyone would like to have a poem, a promotion for a poetry book, guest post about poetry, or some other idea, please contact me. I’d be happy to set a day aside on the blog to help you out. Just head on over to the contact page and ask away! (If you have already contacted me before and I like ya, just send me an email since you probably already have it 😉 )