What’s Next for Writer’s March? You Tell Me!

IMG_1481Hello fellow writers,

It has been a long time since I’ve posted here.  As you probably noticed, 2018’s March snuck up on me and I wasn’t able to get this year’s Writer’s March off the ground.  As most of you know, I began this project in 2011 when I was a graduate student trying to finish my MFA.  At the time, I wanted to keep myself accountable and, most importantly, build a writing habit that was sustainable not just while working on my dissertation manuscript but beyond.  Writing posts for this blog taught me a TON about how to build good habits, how to think about writing, and most importantly, how to stay connected with a community of writers that has become increasingly dispersed across the country.

For the last 8 years, the March has gone through active and dormant phases.  As I moved into the working realm and had less time, it sometimes became a savior and sometimes a burden and sometimes (like this year), more than I could handle (and thus a source of guilt).   At this point in time, I’ve been trying to decide on the future of this project.  Do I keep the website going, rejuvenating it in 2019?  Do I pass the project on to someone else to moderate?  Or does this project shift and adapt as I have shifted and adapted?  I guess what I am asking for is your feedback.  I have two thoughts on where this project might go:

Idea #1:  The March Goes On

Who says change is good?  In idea #1, we would keep this site exactly as it is.  You would hear from this blog around the month of march.  We’d work like NanoWriMo, only better because you set your own goals.  The posts during the month would become more daily prompt driven, though we’d still invite guest bloggers to share insights on how and why we do this thing we are doing, and life goes on.  (And, on year’s like this year, it would be more than okay for me to skip the task, guilt free)

Idea #2:  The March Amps Up

At this year’s AWP Conference in Tampa, I started thinking a LOT of literary citizenship.  For me, the curating of this blog is just that – a desire to engage with people as they work through their writing process to both encourage them to keep writing and encourage them to set reasonable, achievable goals (while encouraging myself at the same time).  If the March were to adapt, I’d like to push this beyond simply the act of writing in order to highlight and engage with people whose works have made it through to the final stages, including publication.  This means that the March is not longer relegated to a single month, but  would post semi-regularly to promote publications and engage with writers who are finishing up projects that began during Writer’s March.  In other words, this means:

  • Writers March would post book reviews, interviews, announcements for writers who have completed a writing project or some other writing related venture.  The only requirement would be that the writer would need to have participated in writers march in the past.
  • Writers March would post throughout the year (though probably 1-2x a month maximum)
  • Writers March would still do its month of March writing endeavor
  • Writers March would need a team of volunteers to help, a low-commitment editorial board of sorts for people interested in writing book reviews, conducting interviews, or engaging with the project in some other way (all ideas would be welcome)

In other words, this is sort of a “go big or go home” option.  Rather than keeping things as they are, we amp Writer’s March up and push it to do more.

If you could take a moment to share your thoughts, I would be very grateful!

Day 22: Action Poetry a la Billy Collins

If you’ve followed the blog long enough, you’ve probably noticed my love for TED Talks.  Since I haven’t given you a TED in awhile, I searched for another inspirational talk on the creative process only to find that I’ve already shared my three favorites (Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, and Young-ha Kim).  A more broadened search lead me to a lecture given by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.

I really like Billy Collins.  I feel like I’m always running into people who don’t care for his work, and I can’t really understand why.  I find his poems funny, profound, accessible (maybe its the accessibility that people dislike?).  His TED Talk only confirmed this for me.  I guess you could describe it as a poetry reading with a twist: rather than simply reading the work off the page, Collins presents five animated versions of his poems.  If you’d like to view the talk, it’s quite fun.  For this post, however, I thought I’d go straight to the work.

And so, here are four animated Billy Collins poems for your fourth Writer’s March Friday (in no particular order).  I always find that poetry inspires my own work.  I hope it does the same for you.



Some Days

The Best Cigarette

Retired smokers beware…  It might have you aching for another cigarette..

To see more animated poetry, visit the Billy Collin’s Action Poetry Website.