If you haven’t been a regular reader of this blog and aren’t anywhere near the heart of the world of poetry, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck’s Nap-poo-reamer?”
NaPoWriMo, pronounced, “Nap-oh-rhyme-oh”, is a slightly abbreviated form of National Poetry Writing Month, which is April. It’s much easier and catchier to say, too. (Let’s say you’re in the middle of a group of people, so you tell them, “I’m joining Nap-oh-rhyme-oh,” all mysteriously. Everyone immediately “ooooohs” and “aaaaaaaah”s and has absolutely no idea what you’re talking about but they know instinctively it’s somehow exclusive and interesting.) Many diligent writers who embrace the art in all its forms may mention it in the same breath as NaNoWriMo, the month of November dedicated to writing a 50,000 word novel in one month, which has an even cooler-sounding name and an even harder task.
Oh, sorry, I didn’t even tell you what NaPoWriMo is all about.
“That’s stupid. It’s in the name: ‘National Poem Writing Month’. Duh!”
Okay, so you might not be that negative in practice.
It’s true that NPWM is about writing poems, but it’s slightly more difficult than that. As the website says, NPWM “is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.” That ‘attempt’ is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal positive, isn’t it?
I’ve been doing NaPoWriMo for what’s going to be three years this April, and since I first began I’ve been posting poems every day (sort of). Last year I began dealing out poetry challenges, prompts to help you write your own poems!
Four days from today, NaPoWriMo begins. I’ll be writing hard, and I hope you will too. There will be silliness, seriousness, maybe some tediousness (although I hope not), and lots and lots of words. You can subscribe to keep up with my erratic posting, or visit every day! My blog will (very soon) be on the official NaNoWriMo website, the link above, but don’t just go there, check out all the other blogs too!
See you in a few days!