Side Projects: Poetry and Photography Challenges
I have been working on writing a novel, and, as is usually the case with large projects, I am finding my confidence and motivation flagging. (That happens to other people, too, right, not just me? Right?) So I sat down to brainstorm some side projects that I could do to help me continue feeling inspired and creative, which will hopefully give me the energy to push through this tough spot with my novel. I had many ideas that I really liked, including trying to write a song and doing some drawing projects, but the two that really struck me were the ideas for poetry and photography challenges.
Now I realize that these are not ground-breaking ideas. But I am really excited for them, and thought I would share them with you. I am not setting a time limit at all, I am simply going to work through them at my own pace, and I invite you to do the same.
I have a lot of fun experimenting with photography and learning tricks of the trade from Bryan, and one of my other side projects is to learn how to use Lightroom. I am thinking that I will post photos here as I take and edit them.
natural light– taken with my Samsung Galaxy – unedited
- Take a short poem and rewrite it to mean the opposite.
- Write a poem with at least 5 words in other languages.
Pick a color and use it as an inspiration guide.– Mistress Plum
- Use a proverb, axiom, etc, as a jumping off point.
- Perform an erasure
- Write a ballad
- Write a self-portrait piece
- Write a triolet
- Use Earth Day as inspiration
- Re-write Frank O’Hara’s Lines for the Fortune Cookies
- Use these 5 words: owl, abscond, willowy, mercurial, elusive
- Poem in the form of a personal ad
- Begins and ends with the same word
- Poem of greeting
- “Translation” of a poem in a language you don’t know
- Write a pantun
- From the perspective of a superhero/villain
- Take a walk for inspiration
- Write what you’d like to say but never would
- Un-love poem
- Ottava rima
- Each line is a single declarative sentence except the last which is a question
- Valediction (poem of farewell)
- Inspired by an Iain M Banks spaceship name
- Sea chanty
- Poem that tells a lie
- Same first line as another poem
Feel free to join in and post your work in the comments! I’d love to see it.
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