“Essential Reading” is my creative output from today, as suggested by the exercise on the National Young Writers’ Month blog. “Blackout poetry” involves you, a sharpie, a book or newspaper you don’t want or need, and your “on” brain. For me, this resulted in a piece about what it is to be human in the modern world: something equal parts positive and negative – there’s the drive to connect with others and find pleasure, but there’s also the domineering will-to-power type stuff. I think it worked well. Hit the link above to view the piece (as a pdf). And give it a go yourself – it’s a good brain-starter!
As for National Young Writers’ Month itself and my goals for the month, I’ve started working on a short story I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I’ve also started thinking about possible destinations for things I’ve polished that are ready for submission… It’s all systems go here. While EWF’s wrapping up, NYWM is fulfilling my acronym-desiring project-based needs.
01/07/2011 at 6:30 am
Before the whole NYWM website went kaput, I said that the best two responses to this blackout writing exercise/competiton would win a book prize courtesy of http://www.blemishbooks.com.au
Well, despite the website kaputage (that’s a word now), I stand by my offer. You are a winner at blackout writing and I’d like to send you your book prize! Congrats!
If you could send your postal details to duncanfelton at gmail dot com , I’ll get your prize in the mail to you!
Congrats again, and I hope your NYWM experience was awesome.
NYWM ACT Ambassador