National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begins on April 1, 2012.
NaPoWriMo was created by poet and blogger Maureen Thorson in 2003. She modeled it on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Maureen Thorson wrote a poem a day during April 2003, posted each poem on her website, and invited others to write a poem a day too.
NaPoWriMo has an increasing number of participants each year.
Link to the NaPoWriMo website: www.napowrimo.net
Maureen Thorson will provide prompts, and plans to post the first prompt late during the evening of March 31st!
So… I’m planning on participating this year. This will be my first year as a participant, and it’s exciting and scary at the same time. Since I don’t have any prior NaPoWriMo experience, I don’t realize yet what I’m getting myself into!
(My participation in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) last month – February 2012 – was successful.)
With that said, here are some personal goals. I will:
~ rely on the prompts for inspiration and as starts.
~ write new poems using “new” material.
~ aim for poems of 10 lines or more (unless the prompt calls for a shorter poem).
Disclaimer: I think this will be very challenging. I may decline use of a prompt which I find particularly difficult. If I find myself blocked, I may look through my writer’s notebooks and timed-exercise notebooks for ideas. If that doesn’t work, I’ll work on another poem with another prompt!
Finally, participants may submit their sites so that they can share their daily poems with other participants. That’s what I’ll do next.
Join me? In any case, press on with your writing!