Jump start your writing starting April 1st with Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD – the poem a day challenge. I like to take part for several reasons.
- Something New. I don’t know about you but I like to try new things. Poetry is something I don’t write often which makes poetry writing in-and-of itself fairly unfamiliar for me. But Brewer always pulls in types of poems that I have never heard of before.
- Not for Publication. I’m fairly certain that the vast majority of people who take part are poets so they may try to sell their work at a later date. Me? As far as I’m concerned these are writing exercises and not for publication so they are a no stress way to get the words flowing.
- Play Time. Because of this, I can just play around. I can write something serious, something satirical, or something highly irreverant. For me it is just a chance to have fun with my writing.
- Flexible. The point of the challenge is to get you to write but if you want you can post your attempts each day on the Writer’s Digest Blog. Post every once in a while or not at all. It doesn’t really matter. The only thing is that if you do post you have to be supportive and not hateful. Unlike some places on the web, Brewer makes it clear that this will not be tolerated.
If you’ve got your kids home with your right now, this would be a fun thing for you to do together. If you just need a way to get writing each morning, give this a try. Brewer has a passion for poetry and it is contagious even if, like me, you are not a serious poet. Let him inspired you!
Here is a link to the challenge guidelines.