Blog: 272 days and counting!
Published: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 1:43pm
October is just around the corner, which means that I only have 3 more months of poetry left to write. I calculated the number of days left, and I just have to come up with 93 more poems and then my year long project will be complete.
For those of you who have no clue as to what I'm referring to, last year I made a New Year's resolution that I was going to write 365 poems, one for each day of the year. Thus far, I'm happy to say that I have been successful in my personal challenge. I haven't missed a day yet, and I don't plan to miss one of the next 93 days either.
I have run into trouble along the way, especially when it comes to coming up with something to write about each day. About mid-July, I was sitting around for longer than I ever had trying to write a poem - about 30 minutes. I couldn't think of something to write about, and it frustrated me.
I came up with a poem, eventually, but I also developed a new system. At the beginning of each month, I said I would sit down and write up a list of poem topics for the month. Each day I would pick a topic and cross it off the list once I was done with the poem. That way, I was sure to not repeat a topic within a month, as I said I wouldn't when I created this challenge for myself, and I would have something to write about as soon as I chose a topic off the page.
This system worked brilliantly during August, and made the process much easier this past month. I'm right on track to be finish up all 365 poems by the end of the first semester.
I do have a issue that I'm currently facing, though. I have had several people ask me what I'm going to do with my poems once I'm done writing them, and frankly, I have no clue what I want to do with them.
One thing that I've already started doing is marking which poems I like the best from each month. I'll take those poems, the Best of 365 Poems, and put them in a journal. Other than that, I have no idea what I should do with them.
I suppose this blog has took a turn. No longer am I telling you about my success and the number of poems I left to write. Instead, I'm asking for advice as to what I should do with all 365 poems.
It would be a waste, as someone pointed out to me the other day, to have written all this poetry and not do something with it.
Have any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate comments!