Monday, March 25, 2013

One Week to NaPoWriMo 2013!

By some time-bending alchemy, we are coming up on April again, and that means it's almost NaPoWriMo time (National Poetry Writing Month)! It feels like I just got done with last year's thirty-day writing challenge and here we are again, but that's a feeling threaded through all of my life lately. Time is passing faster, with or without our acknowledgement. Anyone else feel like they're stuck in a Futurama episode?

But yeah, NaPoWriMo! If that odd concoction of syllables doesn't mean anything to you, let me give you a bit of a refresher.

From the NaPoWriMo hub:
NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.
NaPoWriMo was founded in 2003, when poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month), and challenged other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has gotten larger every year, and many writers’ organizations, local, national and even international, organize NaPoWriMo activities.
Thirty poems in thirty days may seem a daunting obelisk to surmount, but, as I told a close friend recently, it isn't about creating masterpieces. NaPoWriMo is, more than anything, an opportunity to jump-start your creativity and force your brain into a "feed off anything" mentality. It is great for anyone who would like to write more but never can get in the "right place" to do so.

If you have been trying to find an excuse to write some poetry, or are just curious what that magical space where your brain and imagination collide is capable of, I encourage you to take up the challenge. There are currently 190+ blogs, deviantArt accounts and Facebook pages committing to the challenge, and that number will only increase as the days to day one count down.

So, if you want to write some poetry, or just want to sit back and absorb the participants' collective juices like Philip J. Fry with a barrel full of Slurm (I'm really stuck on Futurama today, aren't I?), I strongly encourage you to stay tuned to NaPoWriMo this April. Find some blogs to follow, or create one yourself and get ready to press those mindgrapes.

Poetic brain-wine is the best, we can all agree.

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