by January O’Neil and Deb Scott
Thirty Poems in 30 days. How has that challenge been for you? Let us know what you’re doing.
As you cast about for yet one more inspiration, be sure to use the random prompts or previous prompts and share any tricks you use to get through the rough spots.
Are you writing American Sentences, haiku or prose poems? Are you trying new forms or going free verse all the way? Your ideas may help another struggling writer. And if you skip a day or two, don’t worry about it. The goal is to look back at all the bad poetry you’ve written. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a gem or two that you’ll expand into a draft. You’ll surprise yourself.
Those that have staked out a NaPoWriMo experience started out committed and enthusiastic. Out of 85 votes, folks said:
• I’m up for the challenge of daily writing. (59%, 50 Votes)
• What is this NaPoWriMo you speak of? (20%, 17 Votes)
• I can hardly wait for April Fool’s Day to start! (16%, 14 Votes)
• I like NaPoWriMo: I get lots of poems to work on through the year. (16%, 14 Votes)
• Is April here already? (14%, 12 Votes)
• Maybe, but I haven’t decided. (9%, 8 Votes)
• No way! (6%, 5 Votes)
• I said never again last year, but I am tempted to try it once more. (2%, 2 Votes)
• I would, but I am on a tropical island for most of April, without internet access. (1%, 1 Votes)
• I’m on the fence, but I’m leaning towards “no”. (1%, 1 Votes)
There’s a new poll that checks in with how you are doing, now that your taxes are behind you (nearly) and you are halfway home. (Ah, sweet May!)
And for those who aren’t doing NaPoWriMo, perhaps you have found a new approach to your writing, too, and isn’t that cool? This obsessive hoopla will be over soon, and we’ll all have a new bag of tricks and lots of ideas to work from and over!
There were a couple of nice inspiration ideas that we want to make sure aren’t lost. Sharon offered an intriguing list of ideas over at her blog Watermark, and Paisley told us about Easy Street Prompts .
We’ve tried to keep up with the roll call. But if you have been participating at Read Write Poem and haven’t seen your name up on the Participant page yet, please email us (see the “get involved” tab) and we’ll get you fixed up. It does take a while (we’re all volunteers!) so be patient, and keep writing poetry!