NaPoWriMo 2014 ! Write a Poem Every Day challenge and Prompts. Poetry Is Everything

March 31, 2014

Welcome to NaPoWriMo 2014.


In a few hours you will discover new prompts and challenges on this  Poetry is Everything blog to encourage you to write a poem each and every day of April.   My post will usually appear between 6:00 to  10:00 p.m. PST every night. You may also see a few Northwest Poetry Announcements here as well.   Before and after these you’ll find the current NaPoWriMo posts.


NaPoWriMo  stands for National Poetry Write a Poem Daily Month.   It’s one of my favorite things to participate in during National Poetry Month.

Read more about  by clicking here:  April is National Poetry Month


The central site of all things NaPoWriMo is here:


Every day you’ll find some prompts and/or challenges right here that will hopefully keep you writing.   Some are going to be out of the box, some you may think lame, and some may be too difficult for you to tackle.  These are challenges I’m making for myself and others to use as they see fit to use.  (I’ve been doing NaPoWriMo since 2005).


You do NOT have to follow any prompts or take on any challenge I or anyone else is suggesting.  The idea is just to write a poem a day every day throughout the month of April.  Some writers alter the challenge slightly, vowing to average a poem a day for 30 days but sometimes finding themselves catching up on their writing on the weekends when they make more time for it.  Do what you can, when you can.  Some writer set a goal of averaging 15 poems for the month  or a poem every OTHER day.  I encourage any sort of goal that creates a habit and discipline of writing more often.





LATER this evening this blog you’ll find a suggested prompt.  I’ll use the prompt to write a poem and post it the following day along with the next day’s poetry prompt challenge.  This will continue throughout the month of April.


Feel free to comment (whether or not you are participating).


Don’t be intimidated.  Some of the poems I’ll create will be awful.  (sorry about that).  Some will lay the groundwork for a good poem (I hope).  Most will need further editing and revision before they shine.  A few may wind up being pretty good right (write?) away.   That’s been my experience and it may be yours. YOU don’t have to write every day to participate.  Write as much as you are able.  You don’t lose because you miss a day or half the days or even most of the days. You win because you participate and challenge yourself to write something. You win BIG if you challenge yourself to write something you would not have otherwise written.  This is key to the exercise.  Growth.  You grow by writing more.  You grow by pushing yourself past anything that says you cannot….  I challenge you to write some poems.  I further challenge you to write some poems on topics or in poetry forms or using words you wouldn’t have used if you were left to your own devices.


I challenge you to create and grow as a writer, a creator (the root word of poetry is creation) and write.   I challenge you to share what you write.  It may be awful but we learn by our efforts and our mistakes.  Others learn by your efforts too.   Share your poems on Facebook, on your blog, in emails, with friends and family.


Personal Note:   I will be gearing a few prompts toward some of the work I’m doing once again later this summer.  I’ll be writing/revising a historical poem for instance.   The Suitcase project that took place at the Snoqualmie Railroad Depot in August of 2013 will be slightly re-worked and re-invented and include some new ideas and some new poems too for our performances at the Issaquah (Washington) Railroad Depot  August 16th and 17th  2014 made possible through a 4 culture grant and directed by Joan Laage (you can click and see more about this).


I’m cooking up a wide range of challenges and suggested prompts for you, for me… Be ready. And so it begins……


The root of the word Poetry is from the Greek   ποιέω (poieō, “‘I make’”) or poiesis / poesis  meaning a “making” or ‘creation’


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