Just a short post to thank everyone who’s read my poetry on here over the past year-whether you’ve read one poem or all of them! Your support and lovely feedback has been hugely appreciated, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my poetry.
I managed to create 50 poems over the course of the last year the end-something I’m super proud of. I was meant to write 52 (one for every week of the year), but 2 little ones must have got lost along the way (I won’t worry about them!).
Some poems on here are definitely better than others, and there were certainly times when the last thing I wanted to do was write. There were moments when I felt totally uninspired and as though there wasn’t a single word left in me to share, and others when I had more ideas than I knew what do with! In that sense, this project has taught me a great deal about the importance of perseverance. It has taught me that making a habit out of writing can not only have a really positive impact on the quality of what I write, but on my relationship with the act of writing itself.
This project was only meant to last for a year. I wanted it to be a time where I grew in confidence, and challenged myself to try out new forms, styles and ideas. I’ve definitely done that, and in that sense I feel that the project has served its purpose.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing this year! I’m going to continue to update this blog as regularly as possible-although I may not be as strict with myself about posting on a weekly basis. There have been times in the past year when I’ve wanted to develop and re-draft poems further, but have decided against doing so due to time restraints and the weekly schedule. I’m looking forward to being able to fully develop my poems this year, to make what I write and share on here the best that it can be.
If 2017 was about the importance of perseverance, I feel that 2018 is about being brave. I want to share my writing more widely and take part in workshops and events to develop my work. I also want the topics I cover to be braver and bolder, and I hope I’ll be able to inspire others to share their writing boldly-growing in confidence as they go.
Thanks again to everyone who’s joined me on here in 2017, and here’s to a brilliant, bold and brave 2018! Below are a few links to some poems that I’m particularly proud of.
Happy New Year!