Gearing up for NaPoWriMo2010
National Poetry Month begins tomorrow and so does National Poetry Writing Month, more generally known as NaPoWriMo, a challenge to write and post a poem every single day.
I did it last year and it was a startling experience for me. It gave me some poems I'm proud to have in my oeuvre, some poems that spawned other poems, and some poems that were ho-hum. It taught me things about my process and gave me new ways to work. Best of all, completing this challenge convinced me I could complete other challenges.
I swear I credit NaPoWriMo2009 for my success in losing 40 lbs, a challenge I embarked on the very next month.
So I'm doing it again. I'm scared I won't finish. I'm scared I won't be able to write a poem every day and do all the other creative projects I'm committed to doing. But I've got to try.
Check out other NaPoWriMo-ers here: NaPoWriMo2010
And get all kinds of poetry goodies here, including signing up for an email Poem a Day: Academy of American Poets
Knopf will also send you a poem every day in April and has beautiful broadsides you can download and print out. Check out this page: Knopf Poem-a-Day
Big breath. Smile. I'm excited!!