Friday, March 30, 2012

NaPoWriMo is near!

April 1st marks the start of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). This will be my second NaPoWriMo. How does one prepare for such a challenge? In answer, I've written a piece of prose:

How to Successfully Take on NaPoWriMo

What you need:
  • a passion for penning poetry
  • an adequate amount of focus
  • a handful of writing instruments (while one will suffice, it is better to be prepared if one pen is lost or runs out of ink)
  • a daily writing time allotment


-Before beginning, you may want to make a list of a few items that cannot be avoided in April (bills, taxes, etc.) and take care of these early on so as not to let them interfere with your poeming time
-You may also want to warn your friends and family about the task you are about to tackle so that
    1) you will have people you feel accountable to;
    2) they will understand any future neglect
-Pick a source for your daily prompts ahead of time; some suggestions include:
         -a book

The writing:
  1. Come April 1, write a poem a day. Even if it is only a rough draft, you can always edit it later.
  2. Stay focused and keep trying.
  3. Remember: it is always easier to edit something than nothing. 

Good luck to all! 



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