So! This calendar year, following jjhunter
's example, I have been working on writing at least 50 poems
, albeit with less strict criteria (e.g. I am happy to count anything I consider a poem; it doesn't have to be over 12 lines and it doesn't have to be "finished"). At current count we are Somewhere Over 40 (depending on how you count prompt responses I might in point of fact be over the 50 already) and given the number I have percolating and how many of my responses to the world at this point are framed as poetry, I don't think I am going to have difficulty reaching that goal wot I set for myself. Well done, you, you made a things!
I also Did A Reading and submitted bits of creative writing to 2 or 3 places. I have not thus far got my act together to either be submitting regularly or to be going to regular open mic nights; I am however unsure that open mic nights are a thing I want
to do, in part because energy; in part because dudebros; and in part because I take comfort in the fact that Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, is terrible reading her stuff out (I saw her perform before she was PL). However, More Submissions is probably a thing I wanna aim for.
For next year - I keep wanting to Have Written more sonnets and to have learned to villanelle; and both of these are things I am scared of, and suspect I will improve at by Writing Some Number Of Them and expecting that they will start off graceless and get better. Sonnets I am more comfortable with in concept and suspect will take me less long to write, though getting the grace in remains interesting; villanelles I have never even got past the beginnings of an attempt at and I know
they will be harder work, so I am kind of tempted to do this the way round where I go "20 sonnets, 10 villanelles" while simultaneously being aware that to some extent that's intellectual cowardice and the villanelles will get easier the more of them I write... nonetheless, something I am going to be Contemplating over the next few months.
(I am interested in structure in general! It's just that even if I tried to make a list of e.g. 50 structures to write in, (1) I'd somehow have to choose which
50 and (2) I'd not get enough practice in any of them to be comfortable
. So playing with a range of rhyming schemes/structures in sonnets it is, and ditto villanelles, along with giving myself some
space to count The Poems I'd Write Anyway as toward a less-daunting-this-time-round 50-poems-in-a-year goal ;) )