Friday, March 26, 2010

Forget March Madness, what about April

I am aware of March Madness, but I'm not a big sports fan, so I don't much care about March Madness and all its little brackets and paring and whittling down.

There's another kind of madness coming up in April, though.  April is NaPoWriMo (short for National Poetry Writing Month).  What's mad about it?  Writing a poem every single day for the entire month, that's what!  I've never attempted such a thing in my life, and I suspect it will be a great challenge, but I think I'm up for it.

I want to up front with myself about this NaPoWriMo thing.  I realize that:
- It will be difficult
- I will come up with lots of excuses to not write
- I will get stuck
- I will get unstuck
- Not every poem will be a home run (honestly, I'll be happy to knock out one a week that I'm actually pleased with)
- The prompts from readwritepoem will help
- I will learn a lot
- I'll find out how it feels to push for creativity every day for a month

etc, etc.  I get the idea.  Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

Good luck! But, I don't think you need it. The two poems below are very nice.

Heather said...

Sandy - Thank you. I somehow missed the fact that you have a haiku blog. I'll be adding that one to my feed reader for sure. I have a feeling I'll be experimenting with haiku during the month of April.

Meg said...

You are a big crazy nut and I love you! This new site is great!!! Best of luck with napowrimo. You inspire me All. The. Time.

Heather said...

Meg - You are the sweetest thing. I feel your love and support, and I thank you deeply and humbly for it.

Ginnymo said...

Good luck with the every day poem writing Heather. I couldn't do it. I used to write little goofy poems but I really don't know anything about how to write them. I'd just write what I felt at the time. Seems like I have lost it for the past few years though. I don't know anything about "structure" and all that stuff.

Heather said...

Ginny - Thank you for the wishes of good luck. I'll be honest with you, I don't know a whole lot about the "structure" of poetry either! I just write what comes to me.