TL;DR - I used rejection from a poetry press running a “marathon, 30 poems in 30 days” as motivation to create my own writing challenge of twice the amount of work, to push myself to higher heights.- DeBarros 60/30, 60 writings in 30 days! And they called 30 poems in 30 days a “marathon” XD Here’s the first post to this successful project: http://www.tunnelyou.com/2016/09/debarros-6030-adventure-on-prairie.html
- the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
I’ll tell you now, those words above lit a fire under my arse, I'll tell you how - It was sticky sweaty night at the end of August 2016 and no this was not a love scene unfolding. I had just finished Vlogging 30 days consecutively and I was looking for another monthly challenge.
As I wiped my brow, starting to doze off, I checked my email. I discovered a response from a poetry press, they were running a poetry 30/30 ( write one poem every day for the month of September, hence the 30 poems in 30 days) I had applied some of my recent works and I was trying to read with one eye open while lying in the bed… I know there should be no electronics in the bed, I’ve gotten better but my phone is my night stand alarm clock.
So as I gazed upon my phone with one blurry peeper, and this was the response from the poetry press -
Thank you for considering our 30/30 "marathon". I appreciate your interest and enthusiasm.
I cannot include your poems at this time, but if this project continues (and I think it will) and you want to get a feel for what we do include and try again another year, I will gladly consider it."
Now, this is by far not the first time I’ve been rejected, I’ve been rejected so many times in my life, I swear it seems like the spirit of Dikembe Mutombo follows me around :) No pity party for me, dammit!)
For those of you who know me, you know I’m a very competitive person, I don’t see “no” as a stop sign. So, I took this response from the poetry press, and I was like, “ok, I reviewed the type of poetry they sponsored, and my style definitely sticks out like a sore thumb beaten with a hammer. I get it - my writings are not traditional, no knock against anywhere I don’t fit in.”
I let small embers grow into a fire under my arse, and started to think, “ I will do twice the amount of writings their sponsored poets produce, I’ll keep to my style, but I will out work them. I will push myself and bang out two writings every day for 30 days, hence the 60/30, 60 writings or poems in 30 days, one day I did 3 writings, I coined that 90/30, but I could only claim that if I would have done 3 writings every day for 30 days.
Project DeBarros 60/30 was successful, here’s the first post and you can follow along if you need reading material for the bathroom, bus, train, airplane, or for a spouse who won’t stop running their mouth :) : http://www.tunnelyou.com/2016/09/debarros-6030-adventure-on-prairie.html
That’s it, I’m now in the process of a new monthly challenge for the month of October. I’ll reveal it at the end of October, in which I’ll have work to show for it :).
The moral of the story is - Turn your “no’s” into challenges, challenge yourself monthly for the greater goals in which you strive for.
Thank you if you made it all the way down here and if you read and not simply dragged the slider bar ;)
List below in the comments some ways you find motivation or how you challenge yourself, I’d like to know and learn from you!