A year ago I saw the phrase “ekphrastic challenge” and had no idea what it meant. Since then I’ve entered more than a few ekphrastic challenges and hope you do too.
My first was at Rattle.com. Each month an image of a piece of art is published and we, the writers, are challenged to write a poem inspired by the art. Sometimes the art is a photo, other times a painting or even a statue.
I love doing these challenges because it pushes me out of my comfort zone; doing the challenge is a way of writing outside my normal (non-fiction) genre. Now, I write poetry . . . specifically poetry inspired by art. Better yet, beyond the challenges, I write poetry now more than ever.
Want to hone your skills? Try an ekphrastic challenge – either one you find online or one you find in your everyday life.