Last year, I discovered the ‘ESCAPRIL‘ poetry challenge and made my first attempt at completing it. The challenge involves a poetry prompt for every day in April that can be used in whatever way inspires you. You then post the piece you’ve written on social media. I don’t tend to post my poems; the challenge is really just for me and my writing practice. But, I enjoyed posting a handful on here last year so I thought I’d do the same again.
I’ll readily admit that I was not very consistent this year. My university deadline was halfway through the month so that ate up a lot of time and once that was done, I was completely exhausted (and hit with what felt like endless migraines) so it wasn’t the ideal time for the challenge but I did my best; I did the prompts that inspired me as they inspired me. That was all I could manage this year.
Here are this year’s prompts:
So, now the month and the challenge are over and I wanted to share some of my favourite pieces. It was really fun to write in this form again and I definitely feel like I wrote things that I wouldn’t have written otherwise. And that’s the goal, right? To stretch yourself and try new things and see what they inspire…
So I hope you liked these, that they aren’t too weird or clunky or obscure. I’m out of practice at writing poetry so it was a bit of a struggle to get back into that mindset, plus I’ve had a ridiculously busy month. I didn’t get to write as much as I would’ve liked to but it felt good to write what I did, so maybe I’ll come back to these prompts when I have more time (not that I have any idea when that will be).
Anyway, as I said, I hope you like them. I hope they’re okay. I like writing poetry but I have no idea if I’m actually any good at it. It’s something that I only really do for myself. But then a challenge is called a challenge for a reason.