National Poetry Writing Month

Commencing April 1st will be NaPoWriMo, the aim of which is to write a poem a day for the entire month of April.

Last year I attempted this for the first time, and was quite surprised at its usefulness. If you accept that most of what you write will be raw and ugly, you can use it as a tool to churn out all the old ghosts of ideas that’ve been bothering you for however many weeks/ months/ years. By the time you come to the end of the month you’ll probably think most of what you wrote was rubbish (I found this to be the case), but also that you’ve unearthed the starting points for things that will ultimately become good poems.

It’s not about creating 30 perfect poems, but just about writing, getting things down on paper, kicking into action and putting a temporary end to laziness.

Like last year, I’ll be posting my efforts in the specially designated NaPoWriMo thread at the Poetry Free For All forums. This is where others can comment on your work, and you can comment on the work of others, and it all helps to keep you motivated. I recommend it as a fun experiment!

NaPoWriMo

Or: National Poetry Writing Month. The idea is to write one poem per day for the entire month of April. I gave novel writing month a go back in November and, even though the end result was a mess, at least managed to get a finished article. I’ve decided to post my work at the Poetry Free For All (if you want to show your progress here, you have to create a thread before midnight tonight!) I’m hoping this will give me the kick I need to stop being so slow with my ideas and just get them written down, however clumsy. Also, I had a tentative idea to write a sequence of sonnets based on bosses from the Metal Gear Solid series, and this could be an opportunity to get stuck into that.

For anyone who’s interested, my username at PFFA is wow_bob_wow (signed up for an account when I was heavily into Twin Peaks) and my thread can be viewed/ followed here. It’s called OctoMatt, as I’m a bit enamoured of octopuses at the moment; not to say every poem will be about octopuses, that’d get boring pretty fast. The first one is, though.

Enjoy!