I'm participating in the Poem-a-Day Challenge this month, the first time in four years. The rules of the challenge are different for me: I allow myself mulligan days, partial pieces, and other things I normally don't. At first, I rallied against my self-accommodations but, as time went on, I realized I couldn't participate without them. Do I want to produce three poems following every stipulation, or thirty with tweaks to the process?
2019 is one of the hardest years of my life so far. There is always an illness or emergency sucking away my sleep, time, and health. Writing isn't a priority when the world is on fire, and all you wish for is that no one dies.
Nineteen full and partial poems—by day's end, that number should be a nice, round twenty. I don't even know if I wrote nineteen poems this entire year prior to November.
The part I don't like about this challenge is how few poems are actually good. Out of every piece I wrote so far, I might currently like two. I keep mixing metaphors, covering the same ground, letting the middles sag, and producing endings that aren't endings at all. But, that's what editing is for... I guess. I just wish there was more wheat within the mountain of chaff.
Are you doing a writing challenge this month?