Next week is the beginning of November. During that month, Robert Lee Brewer of Poetic Asides offers a PAD challenge: a poem a day throughout the month. Robert offers daily prompts for the challenge and when the month is over, he also challenges participants to put their material into a chapbook and submit it to him. The best one is then published in chapbook form. The rules for the challenge can be found here:
If any of you are thinking of participating in the November PAD challenge, please let the rest of us know. We can support one another through that endeavor. I do plan on taking a stab at doing the PAD, though I don’t know if I will use the daily prompts as an incentive. I might use some, but will remain open to other avenues as well.
Mike Patrick brought up a really good topic last week. He is struggling with the conflict of writing poetry or prose. When I was in college, we were told quite often, that if you wanted to write poetry, you shouldn’t write prose, and vice-versa. It has long been believed that one must stick to ones “calling”, or do harm to ones abilities in one or the other of those two formats.
Personally, I don’t believe that. I write both. And there are times when a poem becomes a personal essay, and other times when a piece of prose becomes a poem. I think that writing both, enhances and informs both. But, I struggled long before giving myself permission to do both. I have published both, and at one point had my own prose column in a local magazine for several years. I was also teaching and writing poetry at the same time.
The reason I brought this up for discussion is that there are always myths that surround any particular occupation or focus of activity. There are myths about writers, artists, musicians, doctors, lawyers, policemen, and firefighters. Those myths develop through generations of tradition and stereotypical generalities. We have been mentioning one here in these discussions: Writer’s Block.
I hope you try the prose Mike, but I’d also like to hear what myths the rest of you might have heard, or come in contact with, since starting to write. And do you recognize them as myths?
The mic is open: