View Full Version : NaPoWriMo (2016): We're Gonne Make You Sweat

March 22nd, 2016, 05:54 PM

Can you feel it? All the tension over whether you can make it to the end? Because it's the final countdown to the ultimate poetic license:

30 poems... in 30 Days -- all through April!

For those not in the know, National Poetry Writing Month (http://www.napowrimo.net/) (NaPoWriMo) is an annual project that encourages poets to write 1 poem a day for 30 days, throughout April -- using any form, for any function.
It's also ONE of the events taking place throughout April at Writing Forums to celebrate US National Poetry Month. We've got so much going on in a few weeks, you'll need to bring a few sweat bands!

(Full April celebration news coming soon.)

NaPoWriMo itself is a tough, committed project, and many poets fall along the wayside. So this year, to keep the daily addiction flowing and constant, without any burnout, astroannie will be donning the master-host gown to... guide everyone along.
(Please note: the 'Poets Rock' badge she's also wearing isn't standard WF issue... and the horse twitch is just her personal 'I'll see you through it' promise!).
Who's Eligible?

NaPoWriMo ~ Here ~ (http://www.writingforums.com/forums/230-NaPoWriMo)

April 1st 2016
The Prize:

For outstanding effort and endurance,
poets who complete the full 30 poems in 30 consecutive days will receive WF's NaPoWriMo 2016 Medal, titled:

Quotidian Poet

(Award design to be revealed on completion! Please see - here (http://www.writingforums.com/awards.php?#award5) - for a full list of WF Member Awards that are awarded for outstanding contribution.)
Only one: 30 poems, 30 Days
How to Enter?

No registration required. Anyone who posts is automatically included.
Post Entries to: NaPoWriMo board ~ Here ~ (http://www.writingforums.com/forums/230-NaPoWriMo) (or) NaPoWriMo Workshop board ~ Here ~ (http://www.writingforums.com/forums/231-NaPoWriMo-Workshop)
Post 1 new poem a day for 30 consecutive days throughout April
We'd really love to see as many WF poets (and beyond) get involved with this project and have a lot of fun along the way. (No threats from the horse twitch, we promise! Okay... maybe promise...)

For any inquiries, please contact astroannie on the main NaPoWriMo Board (http://www.writingforums.com/forums/230-NaPoWriMo), or via PM ~ here ~ (http://www.writingforums.com/members/45406-astroannie)

Writing Forums (http://www.writingforums.com/forum.php)


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March 24th, 2016, 09:00 PM
I've already broken out into a sweat at the thought of writing 30 poems in 30 days! This should prove a great exercise for procrastinating poets.

March 24th, 2016, 09:07 PM
i had people write random things on 30 slips of paper
and put them in a box.
it's my backup prompt box.
i'm kind of afraid of using it...
shock can be motivational..
and evoke lyrical response.
*twitches at the thought*

March 24th, 2016, 09:12 PM
I don't think I've written 30 poems in the last three years so it's going to prove an interesting exercise for me. I completed NaNoWriMo back in 2012 and it was a killer!

March 24th, 2016, 09:22 PM
have you picked a writing time frame
and a simple form to fall back on?

there is no rule that says you can't further develop
a piece in the future
fuse stanzas.

you.got.this! :)

March 24th, 2016, 09:37 PM
[QUOTE=-xXx-;1980771]have you picked a writing time frame
and a simple form to fall back on?

I was going to allow myself one hour then post what I'd written in that time-frame.

there is no rule that says you can't further develop
a piece in the future
fuse stanzas.
NaNoWriMo I completed the 50,000 words using stream of consciousness and resisted the temptation to edit unless there was a glaring error. I'm not sure I can apply this technique to writing poetry.

March 24th, 2016, 09:52 PM
NaNoWriMo I completed the 50,000 words using stream of consciousness and resisted the temptation to edit unless there was a glaring error. I'm not sure I can apply this technique to writing poetry.

if you have an hour
reserve the last 15 to 30 minutes.
stream away.
at your time mark,
reread what you have written.
how does it make you feel?
what images are in your mind?
what words capture that most effectively?
as you read, do you feel a rhythm,
evocative combination of sounds
or inherent rhyme scheme?

those are the bits most satisfying.

you.totally.got.this! :D

March 24th, 2016, 09:59 PM
*bites nails* I 'think' more than I 'write' with poetry. Hey, i can only give it a try. Nothing ventured nothing gained!

March 25th, 2016, 12:43 AM
(Pulls on Verse Mangler Cape...It flaps impressively in the air currents created by my hot air...) Turtle is not impressed, but then again, Turtle never is.

Let's do this!

March 25th, 2016, 12:53 AM
When I lack inspiration I focus on an idea and then try a few forms on it. Bus Stop was going to have been a sonnet but it exploded into whatever it is that it is. The idea isn't to force a form on it, but by trying it out, you can get a feel for its size and complexity and what will fit vs what won't.

I write a lot of Really Short Stuff because I have ideas that I pare down from irregular slop into, what looks to me anyway, sleekness.

When I write longer stuff, it tends to start with a line I fall in love with--that usually doesn't survive revisioning.

I'm just going to crank out something every day. Even Great Writers have lesser works.

March 25th, 2016, 01:26 AM
Well, considering I'm still fairly new to this community, here's a fun fact about me. I am really stoked about NaPoWriMo. I have never participated prior to this year. I have written poetry throughout the years. When I was using the social media site, meetme (formally myyearbook), I would request one word to write a personalized poem for the ladies. That's it. Sometimes the word never even showed up in the poem. It was just one word to spark something. If I were to offer advice to avoid stress during April, think of pouring out your heart on stage. Forget the stage fright. Just close your eyes and type the words out. Here, let me come up with an impromptu tip and trick on how to write poems consecutively. Yes, that's exactly it. I am always ahead of myself. I don't know what I am going to teach you, but I am intrigued myself.

The Butterfly Cycle

Words are the caterpillars to beautiful winged literary works. You have to make sure your words crawl from your brain, eat the green inspiration, secure position (cocooned thoughts), and flaunt at the end. I believe a great way to develop this writing technique is through word branching. Take a word and branch from it.

Let's try something common.


Okay, what about love? What do you love about love? This is when you can expand feelings and emotions. You may write something completely opposite of it. Whatever it is, this caterpillar (being the word - love) will become something powerful in the end. When you find the next word, branch from that one as well. Take the words into context and develop ideas from them.


Natural gift

Love is a stream of water
passing through dark woods.
A natural gift of life flourishes
even after an unexpected dam.

Just let it flow. Focus on the message. What are you trying to achieve? What's important about your subject? Have fun with this method. Let it fly when it's ready to fly.

Good luck! Interested in more? Just ask for another! :)

March 25th, 2016, 01:33 AM
When I look back over the last year at what I've done in that time I'm a little shocked. I've averaged about two pieces per week, so this will push me. There are a few things I want to do this year. Taking another crack at the pantoum numbers among them.