If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.
There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:
When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?
It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook Soon patterns began to emerge, and the design elements that resonated in him became clear. It worked for him. Would it work for you?
Every writer gets stuck on occasion. When that happens, there’s hope. Check out the Writer Igniter app on the DIY MFA website. The program shuffles an e-deck of cards and provides you with a character, a situation, a prop, and a setting. You take it from there, imagination not included!
The DIY MFA concept is a cool one. I have an MFA in creative writing already, and I still find that I’m drawn to this site for ideas and inspiration. Congrats to Gabriela Pereira on a great project.
Here’s a list of poets participating in NaPoWriMo 2011. If you’d like your blog link added to (or subtracted from) the list, just leave it in thecomment section. In an effort to save time I carried over my list from last year. If you’d like to set up a free blog, wordpress.com is an easy option. I have a blog that I use just for writing drafts with friends, and I have it set so that it is “hidden” from the search engines. It seems like a good idea to keep my horrid first drafts to myself and my friends!
National Poetry Month begins today, April 1st, 2011. At Writers in the Schools (WITS) we send out an email with a child’s poem every day for the month. Find out about that and other poetry offerings here.
If you are truly brave and want to WRITE a poem a day this April, consider participating in NaPoWriMo. Don’t be shy. I’ll be blogging away at it here and would love your company!
I’ve been keeping busy trying to write to Cy Twombly art. I thought I’d post the painting of the day here. Please feel free to write along with me. My rough drafts will be on my Poem a Day blog, Rogue Notes.