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National Poetry Writing Month 2012

If you’re a friend of mine or a person who browses the internet for blogs about books, you’ve almost certainly heard of National Novel Writing Month, in which people all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the worst month of the year for writing (November). Apparently, NaNoWriMo has a cheeky cousin called NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, which takes place during April a.k.a. National Poetry Month (also a bad month for writing because of college finals, but with considerably better weather). Being as I am no longer a college student, this year I’m resolving to participate successfully in both.

The guidelines for NaPoWriMo are simple: write a poem every day for all thirty days of April. Much easier than writing 2,000-odd words every day, especially since poetry doesn’t have to make sense! I’ll be posting mine daily (or semi-daily…real life does exist) here so that the internet can hold me accountable. Thanks, internet!

I’ve always been more of a prose writer than a poet, so when I do write poetry it ends up being a lot of free and blank verse. I employ consonance and assonance more than actual rhyme, and I prefer a fluid, intuitive rhythm to an actual poetic meter. Despite that I have been known to produce the occasional sonnet and a haiku here or there–though I’ll refrain from haiku during this challenge, because that would just feel like cheating. Unless I did, like, three or four a day. That might work. But really, I am looking forward to this. It’s been a long time since I wrote poetry of any kind, and this feels like a good, low-stakes way to get back into writing creatively on a deadline.

If you’re interested in joining me, wantoncreation, and at least 200 other people in this, check out the NaPoWriMo’s website,

6 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2012

  1. Yay! And holy moly you knocked this post up fast!
    You read my mind with the haikus thing – I will write haikus some days, but when I do it will be several in the one day, like a chain of them, probably interconnected through theme or something like that.
    Getting pretty excited about this! It’ll give me a nice break from the other writing challenges I am attempting over the year…
    Have you done NaNoWriMo before? This year will be my fourth…and I have a feeling I’m going to try and set up a new region and become the M.L. for the region, so that’ll be fun. 😛

    1. Haha it’s a slow day at work. What can I say?

      I did NaNoWriMo once years ago, and while I didn’t finish I do have to credit it with getting me about 100 pages further in my WIP novel. Maybe this year it’ll actually help me finish it, haha. I know the rules are that you have to start from scratch, but I prefer using it to force myself to work on all these beginnings and snippets I have shoved into myriad notebooks around my desk. I’ve usually been hindered in NaNoWriMo by things like finals, homework, and a social life. But, I am a grown-up now, which means those things aren’t problems anymore! 🙂

      1. Haha. Realising people on the other side of the world are at work is reminding me I should be asleep 😛 (It’s nearly 3am here in Australia…oops).
        Yeah, NaNoWriMo is great for just helping to motivate with writing, even if you don’t finish it. It is hard, I have done it juggling alongside full time jobs and full time uni simultaneously, and I nearly lost my mind. Last year I only had the job to contend with, but was still busy and I stupidly challenged myself to aim for 75000 words instead of the usual 50k (I did it, but just…my sanity was in tatters). But it is an amazing experience.
        I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with using snippets and beginnings that you have jotted down here and there, I imagine a lot of other people do that too! Better than what I normally do, which is forgetting to plan entirely and making it up as I go along for a few days until I can work out the story in my head (really, this year, I have to start planning in October).
        How much does being a grown-up rock sometimes! Hahahaha. 🙂

        1. Hahaha hooray internationalism!

          My problem with plotting is that if I plot too much, I lose the motivation to actually write it all out because…I mean, come on. I know what’s going to happen! I get all excited reading over my notes and chapter summaries and totally forget that I have to actually write the chapters. That’s what happened with my last NaNoWriMo novel. It’s plotted out in detail, so all it’s missing is me actually forcing myself to pound out the draft.

          Also, yes, you are a crazy person. 75k?! Yet, I am impressed.

  2. This is like making a New Year’s Resolution for me. Start out great, stumble once, stumble twice, and then skid face down on the sidewalk. I’m lucky to conjure a post every day. My face, knees and elbows have strawberry scrapes as a result of that!

    So, I’ll think about it, like the noncommittal person I morph into when challenges like this are posted.

    1. Haha yeah, we’ll see how well I do. I tend to be the same way with my resolutions (resolution 2011: “knit a sweater” is still a 2in x 2in square on my needles). But I am determined to do this one! I hope you decide to do it as well 🙂

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