I come to you today with purpose. As some of you may already know, my favorite months of the year as a poet are April and November — the “challenge” months. Every year, I cling to the dizzying schedule of creating a poem-a-day for sixty days (April is NaPoWriMo – National Poetry Writing Month and November features NovPAD – November Poem-a-Day Chapbook Challenge).
This is when I am most creative
This is when I am most productive.
This is when I draft most of my poetry.
Here, on Maximum Exposure, I expose my writing-self a little more through sharing these experiences with you and relying on your support. This year, I am expanding the calendar!
Starting today, I will be joining two challenges for the month of February: Not Bob’s Writer Platform Challenge and Our Lost Jungle’s Chapbook Challenge
Writer Platform Challenge
The debut of the challenge was hosted by Robert Lee Brewer in April 2012, the same time as NaPoWriMo, so I opted for a different month to participate. There will be no prize or community doing it along with me (unless some of you chose to join in!), but the reward is guaranteed. The exercise encourages an active and deliberate attempt at building your writer’s platform in 30 days. Why are you doing it in February?
you may ask. I have already completed some of the tasks, and others can be combined. Take a look at the list
and see for yourself. If you are a writer new or unfamiliar with the ins-and-outs of creating an online presence, this will be great for you too. I’m sure the challenge will resume in April at My Name is Not Bob.
Over at Khara House’s blog, Our Lost Jungle
, the goal is organization. Composing a chapbook is challenging, and I’ve spoken a bit about that in previous posts after November for the last two years. This challenge will allow me to organize and edit the poetry I’ve written (or will write) into cohesive collections. I have two general projects I have in mind to tackle, but never had the time to put it together. Today begins a “kick in the butt,” as one challenger shared on Facebook
. If you’d like to get your writing organized as well, click here for more details: Chapbook Challenge
More to come on how both challenges are intertwined. For a sneak peek, check out the fabulous writing community Wordsmith Studio
Feel like you missed a day already? No worries! It’s not too late to jump in and get involved. Let me know if you have any questions.