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Visit These Sites and Cheer Them On! NaPoWriMo 2012 Participants (Sweepy’s Cypher)

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Stephen Kellogg’s Blog
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I started the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge April 3 last year on a whim, but I’ve learned my lesson. I’m on top of things this time. Is anybody with me?

The NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem a day for the month of April. If you are going to participate, too, you may want to add your blog link to the participating sites at the NaPoWriMo website. During the month, visit that site often as Maureen Thorson–the poet who created this event 10 years ago–provides daily prompts. You don’t have to use them but some days they may come in handy.

When I began NaPoWriMo last year, I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to finish out the month with a poem a day. It surprised me that I could and did. One of the things I learned firsthand is that it’s not always about being “inspired” or even having a great deal of time: It’s simply a matter of doing it. If I want to write a poem a day and I only have an hour to spare, then I’ll have to write it in an hour. More often than not, though, I can find more time if I need to by using my time more wisely.

One problem with posting NaPoWriMo poems on a blog, presumably for everyone to see, is the fear that you’re not putting out your best work but simply writing something just to fulfill the requirement. Granted, that may be the case sometimes. One way to minimize the garbage poems is to keep them short, which makes it easier to write and revise something that’s at least presentable. It really comes down to whether you mind your audience seeing you in various states of undress.

Everyone has expectations about what they want to get out of the NaPoWriMo experience. For me, the point is not about each poem being perfect at this stage. In fact, few of the poems posted on this site are what I consider to be final versions. I continue to work on them offline. But there is something in me that needs to share what I’m thinking or feeling, so I don’t always want to wait until they’re
“done.”

During last year’s NaPoWriMo, I exercised the discipline I thought I didn’t have, flexed muscles, explored new modes of expression, got things off my chest. Simply put, in the vernacular, I did me. Also, I met some great people who I may not have come across otherwise by following the NaPoWriMo links. I really felt like I was a part of something.

I’m starting my own list of poet’s blogs who are going to participate in NaPoWriMo 2012. Let’s visit each other when we can (and comment on the poems) for inspiration and encouragement. I’ll update the list throughout April. If you start the month and don’t finish it, I won’t be mad at you. The thought counts!

Contact me by email, on Facebook, on Twitter, or here in the comment section with a link to your blog. Good luck and have fun!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2012.

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Comments on: "NaPoWriMo 2012: Who’s Doing It?" (34)

  1. I’m doing the AtoZ during April this year. It got me going last year, and maybe I need that kick in the arse again to get me out of this rut. I’m glad you’re doing it: you’re a powerful poet.

    • That’s great, Stu! I look forward to seeing your posts. We all need a kick in the arse sometimes. I hope it helps. I remember meeting you through a blogging challenge this time last year, so these things can have many benefits! 😉

  2. Adriene, poetry is not my forte but I’m looking forward to checking back to see your progress. In other words, I shall live vicariously through you! So excercise self discipline, flex your muscles, and pull out pen and paper, or keyboard. Ready, set, go! 🙂

  3. I think I’m going to do this! I’m reading a book, called Integral Life Practice, and one of the suggestions in practices one can pick up that can help one have a more integral perspective is creative writing. This might be a great opportunity for me to try that out and see what happens…also getting the chance to read everyone else’s. Sounds like fun!

  4. Wishing you good luck with this, Adriene. I know you’ll do just fab!

  5. I think I will give it a go this time 🙂 Count me in

  6. Looking forward to it! Thanks for the listing Sweepy!

  7. I would love to be in such great company. Count me in for NaPoWriMo! Here’s my blog address:
    http://leximagines.blogspot.com/

  8. Good for you, I love your poems!!! You don’t want me to write a poem. I’m sooo bad at it! Good luck!

  9. Janaki Nagaraj said:

    Ok, I am convinced and you all gave me the push and shove I needed. I will participate. My blog link –

    http://janukulkarni.blogspot.in/

  10. No, I am not. I see that many are participating in the A-Z challenge next month as well. I am writing everyday even though I am not participating. I started a new novel ( although I see everyone refers to them as WIPs), which is taking up all my writing time.

    Two years ago, I spent nine weeks writing a poem a day. Most were shite, but over the years I’ve gone back and rewrote and edited quite a few of them (turned several into song lyrics for the book I am currently shopping). The point of my confession is I never would have thought those painful nine weeks would have turned into works I would actually use and I that I am proud of.

    I know you’ve produced a chap book ( I think that is the correct term) from your last experience. I tell anyone who asks (not everybody does) if you’re a writer you should write everyday. Not everything is a master piece but somewhere in all that writing there always something worth the effort.

    Wishing you a productive month. I’ll happily read whatever you post or want to share.

    • Lots of great things in your comment, Brenda. I’m a firm believer in rewrites so putting out the initial effort is never a waste to time. Good for you for starting your 2nd novel! I’m looking forward to seeing the first one in publication. Thanks for being out there and for listening. ❤

  11. I’m in again…and you were great last year. So I’m in here http://onetimepad.wordpress.com/

  12. […] April. Yay! The NaPoWriMo prompt for today was to write a carpe diem poem, so this was my attempt. Check out this list of my poet friends who are also doing the poem-a-day challenge. Visit them and […]

  13. Hello Sweepy.
    Thanks to inspiration from Janaki Nagaraj, I’ve just signed up for the A-Z Challenge & NaPoWriMo.

    Thanks for this list. If you don’t mind, I’d like to be added too:
    Blog Name: Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn…
    Blog URL: http://thoughtsofbeautyinthestillnessofdawn.blogspot.com

    Thanks Sweepy. Good luck everyone! Let’s encourage & support each other so we can all make it to the end.

  14. I will definitely be participating this year. It’s hard but I’m ready. Look forward to reading great work.

  15. Oops forgot to add my blog lol http://elliebloo.com

  16. […] add the text.   Please visit Adriene where you will find some wonderful poems as well as a link to other poets who are writing a poem everyday during the month of April forNaPoWritMo. Share […]

  17. I’m in! I’ve tried NaNoWriMo and failed 3 times. I’m expecting better results with NaPo!

  18. Adriene,
    I’m in. I actually started on April 1st and am current so far. I participated in NaNoWriMo back in November of 2011 and managed to get a little over 65K words on my first novel. I slowed down a bit during the December / January holidays and crept along until recently when I started pushing back into it. That being said, my blog writing / poetry died down a lot during that time. When I realized it was National Poetry Month and that folks were doing 30 in 30 I decided to jump in… it’s been good to get back to writing some poetry.
    If you get a few minutes, take a look around my blog: http://stephenkellogg.wordpress.com/

    I’ll do some digging through yours and some of the others listed here as well.

    Peace,

    Stephen

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