Monday, April 8, 2013

Branching Out

Post by Jenny

April is a busy month. Yard work suddenly needs doing (why are the weeds the first things to sprout?); school projects, sports, and performances kick into high gear; and people like me suddenly realize that there are only two months left for burning through the to-do list before summer vacation hits.

But that’s no reason to neglect your writing. After all, nature branches out in all kinds of wild and woolly ways in April, so why shouldn’t we? It’s a great time to try something new. For example, this is National Humor Month and National Poetry Month. If you’ve not tried your hand at either of those, maybe now’s the time. You could even get all E.C. Bentley about it and combine the two. Edmund Clerihew Bentley was an English humorist who invented the clerihew, a form of humorous biographical verse. Yeah, that’s right. Take that Mr. Alex Smartypants Trebek.

(Okay, I confess, I didn’t know that before yesterday.)

When you need a break from weed-pulling, read something from outside your genre while you put up your feet. Or check in with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Even if you’re not participating, it’s a great opportunity to surf a tidal wave of clever, poignant, and fantastically alphabetical blog posts. There are so many dedicated writers out there giving it their all…especially on days Q, X, and Z.

April is also the month for many daily observances to inspire writers: Scrabble Day, Look up at the Sky Day, Reach as High as You Can Day, National Librarian Day, Newspaper Columnists Day, Take a Chance Day, Name Yourself Day (for the perfect nom de plume perhaps), Tell a Story Day, and Great Poetry Reading Day.

And, because some days are just like that, there’s also Blah, Blah, Blah Day and Rubber Eraser Day.

Finally, if you plan to attend a writer’s conference this month, sit in on a session that wouldn’t normally be your first choice. You  might learn something that will set you off in a new direction.

Have you tried anything new with your writing lately?


Patricia Stoltey said...

Something I'm doing very different for me is practicing short, short tales based on the title prompt, using the A to Z Blog Challenge. This kind of writing has always been hard for me, so it's a real challenge.

Gossip_Grl said...

I definitely agree and wonder why the weeds the first thing to grow. I notice that a few are also immune to Round Up weed killer. I definitely enjoyed reading your post today Wishing you a great day!

Susan Oloier said...

Things do tend to kick into high gear beginning in April. Can't pull any weeds today, though. It's snowing.

Jenny said...

Pat, you're doing great with A to Z. Keep it up! It is good practice.

Thanks, GG. You, too.

Susan, snow days are great writing days, though, aren't they?

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