Lizards in the Leaves

Rustlings in the green....imagination, art, whimsy

Mar 31, 2010

Gearing up for NaPoWriMo2010

Just don't say you weren't warned.

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!!

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At 3/31/10, 3:23 PM, Blogger Andrew Craig Williams said...

I know you can complete this challenge Zann, I have every faith in you. I love hearing that completeing this last year gave you the confidence to complete other projects. That's exactly what I need to hear right now! I'm a week into my write-a-novel-in-a-month experiment and I've written 9045 words and am 23% of the way through it.
I'm beginning to think I could do this every month! I'm going to send you an mp3 for inspiration...
Andrew Xx

At 4/1/10, 2:42 AM, Blogger Snazzy said...

Hi. I hope you don't consider this intrusive. I found your blog on, and am also planning on participating. I thought it would be good motivation to find other people who were writing throughout this month as well. My blog is here: if you care to add. If not, you can disregard this comment.

Good luck on your poetry!


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