So as you may know if you read my blog recently, I have been writing a poem every day for Escapril. This is also my third year doing it and as a result, I have learnt a couple of things.
Namely: not all of the writing will be good. I will write bad poems. I have written bad poems.
One of these is because I am doing Escapril in the middle of life. I'm working. I'm producing blog posts. I am looking for other work.
This poetry is not my life.
I have seen a lot of people say they are spending ages editing their poems and they are writing more than one.
I'm barely editing it twice. Once on the paper, I write it on and another when I put it in Canva. I also know that there are spellings errors on my posts because Grammarly stopped working for a couple of days.
But for me. This wasn't the point.
Over the last year, I have been writing a lot. Yes, I am writing these blog posts but poetry? I kind of neglect it. I only write it if I have an idea and these are very rare.
So for me, Escapril is all about improvement. So some of the poems might be bad but I know that I am not spreading hours on them.
It's about an idea. Making a concept wrong. Making my idea a little complex. Putting into practice all of the things that I have learnt from reading so much poetry.
I know that I haven't done this for each prompt but I am learning what I like and seeing what works well. From this, I know where to improve. I know how to get better.
At the end of the day, I am a poet and I know it. I also know that I will have a couple of bad poems too.
Because that's how I will be a better writer. For poetry and prose.