Over the winter, I took a fairly big hiatus from doing any writing. At the end of February, I got myself back into writing by getting back into the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. This is a fantastic community of writers who are truly supportive, and who read each other’s work in addition to writing their own. Each week we are given a new prompt to react to, and we have to write a response that is exactly 99 words. Our stories are collected and posted as a weekly anthology. I’ve been really enjoying writing these short stories, and learning to really prioritize what words I use to tell my story, since I have so few to use. I have been posting these stories on my short story and poetry blog.
I have also recently discovered the MindLoveMisery Menagerie, another writing community with daily prompts. I haven’t written too many stories based on the prompts from there yet.
This month I created my own poetry challenge for National Poetry Month. I am publishing a poem on my blog every single day in April, based on a series of prompts that I previously made, based on the theme “A Fairy Forest In Spring”. I have also invited others to join in the challenge on my Facebook page. My friends who have joined have been coming up with some pretty fun and interesting poems.
I am also planning to participate in the Haldimand Public Library Poetry Contest, which has the theme “Community” this year. I have a couple rough drafts for poems, which I need to edit before I submit them.
Once April is done, and I’m done writing poetry at such a high rate, I hope to finally return to working on my novel.