So I've been doing this for three weeks now, and this last week things have gotten markedly more difficult. Why?
Part of it is probably that my brain wants a break after a few weeks of poetry writing, a little bit of time to think of some new ideas.
Part of it is just that my schedule is really grueling and fitting poetry in is next to impossible (see how there was no poem yesterday? That's because I woke up at eight a.m., went directly to work, went directly from work to a family dinner, and then went directly home because and immediately fell asleep because I was exhausted. Unless I'd happened to come up with a poem in the 20 minutes I spent on the train to work at 8:30, there just wasn't any time to sit and think about poetry. And that kind of sucks, but having days where you just have a social life aren't really something to complain about either).
Part of it is probably that my brain has two modes: art mode and writing mode. I've noticed, over 24 years of regularly doing both, that when I'm thinking in one mode I have a lot of trouble switching to the other. I go through phases where I concentrate on one and ignore the other, then I switch. Right now, I think I'm really in art mode but I keep trying to write anyway, which is frustrating me, because what I really want to be doing is working on my next thing to sell on etsy (it's about 1/4 finished right now).
So: I'm taking the weekend off. Weekends are the time I've found it hardest to stick to this schedule anyway, for whatever reason. I'm going to play some games, listen to some Margaret Atwood lectures on debt, solve some puzzles, make some more art, and not kick myself for not writing poetry. Then on monday I'll come back and try again.