October Challenges


If you’ve been following ARHtistic License for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I love challenges. Every October I participate in two—OctPoWriMo (October: Poetry Writing Month, not to be confused with April, National Poetry Month) and Inktober, a drawing challenge.

Now, you probably also know that I’m my husband’s caretaker, and his needs come first. If I miss a daily blog post, it’s either because Greg needed me, or I was exhausted by daily life and took a nap instead. I know my limitations, so I will not commit to producing 31 poems and 31 drawings in October. My goal is to write a poem on most odd-numbered days and make a drawing (or maybe a Zentangle—I’ve missed doing those) on most even-numbered days. If I end up doing 14 of each, I’ll be super pleased with myself.

I’m a little concerned about OctPoWriMo; I went to the website early this afternoon and it looked like it was in suspended animation. There isn’t any pre-OctPoWriMo buzz on it yet, but the header does say OctPoWriMo 2021. I may just go ahead and write poems anyway.

I’d like to extend the challenges to you, too! If you’ve been meaning to add a little creative art to your life, join in on one or both of the challenges. You are not obligated to do something every single day of the month, but it is a good discipline. If you’re going to try, let us know in the comments below. And each day in October, if you post your challenge offering on your blog or social media, add a link to the comments on one of my posts so we can all come and take a look at what you’ve done. I hope to hear from you soon!

12 responses »

    • Hi, Manasi. I am currently working through a book called The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward. I will use exercises from that book as my prompts, unless my muse gives me something else.
      If you’d like some prompts, a few years ago, after WordPress stopped issuing daily blogging prompts, I came up with a month’s worth of prompts, which I posted on ARHtistic License. You can find them by typing ALP in my search engine, which is located in the right-hand column of my blog, just below my Instagram feed.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. I really thought the OctPoWriMo prompt would be up this morning. Since it wasn’t, I decided to go back and do the prompts from 2018 since I got too busy that year. I hope you enjoy your October challenges and look forward to seeing your work.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Shiver – ….Bilocalalia….

  3. Pingback: Chilling – ….Bilocalalia….

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.