Another poem-a-day challenge in November! Are you PAD-ing this month?

Every April for National Poetry Month, Writer’s Digest blogger Robert Lee Brewer posts a daily prompt for poets to encourage them to compose a poem a day.

Last April, I made it to the 21st or so before my creative energies maxed out.

Still, 21 poems in as many days is more than I’d have written if I hadn’t undertaken the challenge. While I’m not participating in the November round of poem-a-daying, I know plenty of poets who are.

If you’re interested in playing catch-up, check out the day 7 prompt here.

Also, if fiction is more your style, and you think you can produce 50,000 words in a month, consider jumping into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Fellow YDR journos Bethany Fehlinger and Caryn Rupert are taking on the challenge, so check out their progress here.

Don’t be daunted by the tall order of these guidelines. The point of such projects is to help writers establish daily writing routines, to light a fire under us so we don’t become complacent and fall back on the myth of writer’s block (Writer’s block IS a myth. Just write! About anything! The chair you’re sitting on! The poem you wish you could write! A letter to yourself, in which you scold yourself for using the phrase “writer’s block”!).

Are you participating in either the November PAD challenge or NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear from you about your progress.

About Stacia M. Fleegal

York Daily Record multiplatform journalist. Degrees in creative writing from Lycoming College and Spalding University, and a coupla books with my name on them. Central PA native who came home after floating around for a while, but always grounded by words and the places and people I remember.
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