Saturday, 2 May 2015

NaPoWriMo (an update)

I decided to have another go at NaPoWriMo this year.

NaPoWriMo stands for National Poetry Writing Month and is a poetry writing challenge, where participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the whole month of April. Therefore by the end of the month, participants should have a minimum of thirty new poems, which is pretty amazing and would be a huge improvement on my average monthly output (I would probably normally struggle to write 30 poems in a year).

I tried NaPoWriMo for the first time last year and apart from the fact that I started on the 5th April instead of the 1st April, as well as the fact that I wrote a poem on 26 days - 5th April to 5th May - instead of 30; it was something of a success story haha.

Read more about my first attempt (including some of the poems): HERE

This year I had the same main problems as last year:

1. Memory. I have a really bad memory. Almost everyday for the last month I would be ready for bed or even in bed and suddenly I'd think: I haven't written my NaPoWriMo poem for today.

2. Inspiration. On some days I would feel like writing three or four odysseys and yet on others it was a real struggle just to write one short poem. Luckily you can find prompts online to help with this. Most days I ignored them and simply wrote about something that had happened to me or I had witnessed that day. However, on a couple of days they were completely vital.

3. Time. My days are pretty full at the moment, what with working as a swimming teacher and English tutor, as well as trying to be creative and domesticated and trying to find time for climbing, Krav Maga, writing blogs and all the other things I try to cram into them and so it's sometimes proves a little difficult to find time to hone a poem. That's why unfortunately a lot of them are more random scribble than crafted pieces of art.

But as many similarities as there were, the main difference between this year and last year, was that this year... I did it! I actually managed to write a poem a day for 30 days! :)

Here are a couple of the better ones. (If you think these are bad you should read some of the others haha).

Day 1

Day 5

Day 10
(written on World Siblings Day)

Day 14

Day 25

Day 29

How did you get on? I hope you completed it too?
Not heard of it before? Maybe think about giving it a go next year?



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