Somehow, it’s almost April again–and time to decide about so many things, including how to manage this year’s Every Day in April challenge, which I started back in 2009 as a way to connect writers across my various workshops to a common project. Once an unofficial band of folks, once an email list, once a FB group, and now: I think it’ll just have to live here on the blog this year.
Here’s the scoop, in case you haven’t participated in the past: if you so choose to accept the challenge, you commit to writing every day during the month of April. Every single day. Not revising: writing. New material. How long you write for, or how many words you aim for, is entirely up to you, and if you so choose then you can leave that a variable detail–which can help make the challenge sustainable even on really hard days. But you’ve gotta show up every single day to see what happens when you do. (I’ve gotten a headstart–today is actually my day ten; I have an individual goal involving a certain page count by the start of summer and have been clocking hours like nobody’s business over the last couple weeks.) You’re welcome to join in, and to join whatever conversation evolves, regardless of whether you’re currently in workshop, or taking some time off, or a friend of a friend of a friend–I couldn’t care less. Any friend of writing is welcome. But no excuses–no matter what happens, you show up.
I’ve never orchestrated a giveaway on the blog (so many of the trappings of blog culture make me eepy…) but I’ll happily randomly give away a copy of Open Winter & a copy of Best New Poets 2011 to someone who RSVPs here or on FB by April 1st, & who is still standing (or typing) at the close. Think it over, my dears. The lights are on through April 30th.