I’m just over half-way through this year’s poem-a-day challenge for National Poetry Writing Month. Have so far produced sixteen very scrappy, unsatisfactory first drafts – but better that than writing nothing at all!
I’ve approached the challenge differently from last year when I wrote at the same time every day, between 6 and 7.30 each morning. This year I’m varying the times at which I’m writing (squeezing a poem in as and when I can, basically!) and varying my writing locations too (study, garden, café, train, park, kitchen, bus, bed…) Am finding that my early morning slots are still the most productive – being close to the subconscious/dream state and with a head as yet uncluttered by the demands of the day definitely works best for me.
At the end of the month, I plan to sit back and assess which poems are worth working on. About half of last year’s proved to be, and eight or so have subsequently been published, so hopefully there’ll be something to salvage from this year’s scrappy first drafts too!