I just love a challenge, so whenever I find a fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favorite-artistic-genre-a-day, I try to jump on it. Both feet. This month, I've been working on INKtober 31's challenge to create a drawing a day (although I have failed miserably at the "a day" part -- I've done about seven). This one is tough because you're supposed to start and finish each drawing in nothing but ink. It has pushed me to be deliberate with my lines because I can't erase. I've learned about and used new-to-me tools like Derwent ink blocks and Copic markers. There is a Facebook page where artists can post their drawings, and give and receive feedback. I've become part of an online community of artists, and those artists are producing some amazing work.
On the writing side, Rattle introduced its Poets Respond challenge. The idea is to choose a news story from the week and write a poem in response to it by each Friday. There is a Facebook page for this one, too, where poets can post their drafts and read and comment on other poets' work. This is another terrific online community.
Next month is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). While I won't be writing a novel this time around, I will participate in Robert Brewer's 2014 November PAD (Poem A Day) Chapbook Challenge. It's just what it sounds like: write a poem a day in response to the prompts Brewer posts on his Writer's Digest blog, Poetic Asides, and turn it into a chapbook by January 7. Daily poems can be posted to the blog where the chalenge community can read, and give and receive feedback. I'm looking forward to it. Join me!