NaPoWriMo

Mar. 26th, 2010 12:33 am
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Or actually IntPoWriMo* as I'm not of the nation that has National Poetry Month in April.

Whatever you call it, I've decided I'm doing it. Other Aprils recently I've participated in the Poetic Asides Poem A Day challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer; and my first online experience of this kind, also repeated since, was the September month of poetry at Poewar, hosted by John Hewett. Both great fun and inspirational. Robert and John, in their respective months, offer prompts for participants.

NaPoWriMo is simpler, and perhaps more challenging — just write a poem a day.

They'll be at my Passionate Crone blog.

See you there in April!


*(International Poetry Month)



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My (poet's) version of NaNoWriMo.

Robert Lee Brewer of Poetic Asides has  hosted one such marathon, the April Poem-A-Day Challenge, the last two years, which is very popular and which I have done each time.

But it all began for me at PoeWar (Writer's Resource Center) in September 2007, the initiative of John Hewitt (whom some of us, that first year, dubbed Maestro). It was a wonderful month; we had such fun! It has been repeated each year since. I started it again last year but circumstances got in the way and I didn't sustain the effort. This year, though, I came back and completed the month, even wrote two some days.

Of course, having done all that, I would now like readers!

My first drafts of this year's efforts are at the PoeWar site along with other participants', and the somewhat tweaked versions - some good, some funny, some still so bad that you can feel smugly superior - are here, at my Passionate Crone poetry blog.
 


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Halfway through the month already!

We've been sick, as I have mentioned elsewhere. WriterHubby has had a bad back, and is recovering with the help of chiropractic and other healing. I have one of those fullblown head colds that isn't serious but feels rotten.

Nevertheless I have managed to do the latest "30 Poems in 30 Days".

If you would like to see them, they are at Poewar (Writer's Resource Center) and at my "Passionate Crone" blog, and will continue until there are 30.

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The absolutely lovely John Hewitt over at PoeWar (Writer's Resource Centre) is all set to repeat his successful game from last year: 30 poems in 30 days as soon as we hit September. It was such lovely fun last time! He is very good at thinking up interesting and innovative prompts; no-one better.

Last September I found myself writing on topics and in styles that I hadn't expected, but which tapped into deep stuff I needed to say. And I made some great new friends! Also it was a lovely way to connect with certain old friends.

I do hope some of youse will sign up this year. Please pass the word along!

P.S. I've just noticed that this year you need to go to "Write Poems with Me" (the second paragraph in the left-hand column of his home page, at present) and actually send your contact details to sign up - unlike last year when we all just lobbed in. Some people, it seems, wanted more privacy. I think that takes some of the fun out of it, but I'm willing to play along and see how it goes.

This is from an email just received from John:

"I'll be posting the assignments to the blog in the same way I did last year, but I am also hosting a private forum where people can post and discuss their poems in a more workshop format."

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