3 lines 30 days poetry challenge

A Guide to Finding Your Poetic Voice
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An Introduction

The 3 Lines 30 Days poetry challenge is designed to be simple and available for everyone, adults and children alike. There are no complicated rules or fancy formats to follow. Honestly, there are only 2 simple things to remember: (1) Write 3 lines of poetry every day, and (2) Repeat for 30 continuous days.

What You’ll Need

  • A notebook or journal
  • Colored pens/markers
  • Your Imagination!


how to prepare

  • Designate a physical or digital “container” for capturing your poems
  • Make a committed decision on a start date for the challenge
  • Invite a friend to join you!

Step 1 – tools of the trade

Just like any task that you set before yourself, one of the primary considerations is to have the right tools for the job. Be sure to review the ‘What You Need’ list provided above. Grab a new journal or notebook that you already have on hand. If you don’t have one on hand, take yourself on a little shopping date to find one that you absolutely love. One that inspires you just to look at it!  While on your shopping excursion, pick up a new pen or two that feels good when you hold it between your fingers. One that glides across the paper easily and effortlessly. There simply is no substitute for a pen that can practically write the poems for you! A poor pen choice should never stand in the way of your ultimate creativity.

Step 2 – be accountable + show up

This next step is perhaps the most important. Be totally committed. Choose the exact date that you will start the challenge. Determine ahead of time how you will stay accountable for each of the 30 days. It’s longer than you think so plan ahead. This is what makes up a good challenge after all! What structures will you need to put in place to ensure that you fully show up for the challenge every day and get the most out of it? That might look like setting up a specific time on your calendar each day. Or setting a reminder on your smartphone. Maybe you want to ask a friend to do the challenge with you so you can be accountable to each other. Just be honest with yourself. Only you know what you need to put in place to ensure that you receive all the benefits a challenge like this has to offer.

Step 3 – write 3 lines every day

This is perhaps the simplest step of them all — write 3 lines every day. Notice that I said ‘simple’, not ‘easy’. The challenge is intentionally designed to be simple. Anyone and everyone can write 3 lines. I promise. Where it becomes ‘challenging’ for some is when it comes to writing 3 lines every day for 30 continuous days (go back and read Step 2 again).

Even simpler is that the lines don’t have to rhyme. They don’t need to follow any particular format, like haiku. And a ‘line’ can be anything you decide it is. As you progress through the challenge, you will start to notice that inspiration can be found everywhere and anywhere. And you typically don’t need to look far or wide for it. Sometimes it will be sitting right next to you. Or across the room. You may find it looking through a window or by staring at an object on your desk. Be open to receiving inspiration from the familiar and the unexpected places. And for those times when you need some added inspiration, I’ve created a list of 50 themes which you can choose from below.

Step 4 – rinse and repeat

Now that you have the basic steps down, the only thing to do now is to ‘rinse and repeat’ for 30 continuous days. If doing the same thing every day for 30 days sounds a bit boring (or possibly even ‘daunting’) to you, remember that you have all the flexibility in the world to do things a little differently each day. Let yourself be inspired not only by what you write but how you go about the process. There is no ‘right’ way or ‘one’ way to do this challenge. Your creativity gets to have some fun with that as well.

Be sure to have fun. If the challenge begins to feel like more of a chore or burden, ask yourself ‘How can I make this easy and fun?’. If you miss a day, whatever you do just don’t quit! Get right back up on that horse and give yourself permission to begin again.

50 inspired themes for your 3 lines poetry challenge