All this time spent on the what’s
How’s about I deposit a why?
Hello World and Happy Sunday!
45% in to my #100repchallenge, I’ve realised I’ve never actually sat down to write a post about why I’m doing this. This challenge is about posting a creation (usually a poem) every day for 100 days. The number of course is arbitary but it’s never usually about the numbers is it? It’s about sitting down at my desk with some hot lemon and ginger tea, or apple juice or a raspberry smoothie and marking out space in my day dedicated to writing and play.
As well as building an active practice, a goal of mine since last year has been to learn more about poetry technique. Thanks to the internet, I’ve found so many helpful and mostly free digital resources for developing craft. I thought it’d be a great idea to track this progress and share my findings and insights on Sundays about the things that inspire me, the techniques I’m learning and the plethora of resources that are out there. Not only to serve as a record for myself, but to also give access to anyone who stumbles across this corner of the web.
Until Next Sunday,
–Sunday Round Up–
A few things I’ve found useful in the first 45 days of the #100repchallenge:
- National Centre for Writing offers free courses. I tried the First Steps in Short Form Poetry Course. The poems from 027–034 are my experimentations from this course.
- An amazing list of incredible resources for writers looking to do some self-education, graciously curated by April Penn.
- Article on the Landay form
- Poetry Unbound- A wonderfully soothing podcast hosted by poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama.
- Dream Up Podcast, Series 1 Episode 11 Ocean Vuong (28m)
- Books Unbound- A fun book podcast, perfect for Sunday walks with interesting recommendations.
Books and Collections
- The Actual by Inua Ellams
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
“I love you with all the moods and tenses of the verb”
Mina Harker writes to Lucy Westenra in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)