Actually, it probably should be a project a week, since this week ended up being a poem. I used to write poetry when I was kid, and it was kind of fun. But somewhere along the way, I stopped because I wasn’t very good with rhyme or rhythm, and I never returned to it.
Then I wrote one last week while I was on the train, and it was kind of fun. This week, I was planning to write flash fiction, also literary, but I ran across an anthology call for non-fiction and poetry on Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers mailing list. It pays pretty well and would be a professional publication.
But the subject was so specific that if I wrote a non-fiction piece for it, I might not be able to find another home for it if it gets rejected. Whenever I do something for an anthology call theme, I always add a secondary theme to help it be more marketable.
A second issue that cropped up though was that while I would probably be the only person writing from this particular perspective, I wasn’t quite feeling like I could tell a story about the topic. It was more about the emotions.
So enter a poem.
- Try writing poetry.
- Don’t use any standard colors associated with the topic.
I also got a book from the library called Writing Poetry From the Inside Out, which turned out to be an interesting resource. It has word groupings in the back for poetry inspiration, and I may steal them for stories.