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NaPoWriMo Begins April 1 2018

March 29, 2018

National Poetry Writing Month is what NaPoWriMo stands for.  It happens every April which is National Poetry Month.  The idea is write at least one poem every day of April.  Writing Posts will be posted regularly on this blog to inspire, challenge or amuse you.

Find out more about NaPoWriMo  from the site that is maintained by the Godmother of NaPoWriMo Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. NaPoWriMo Site Here.  

A good way to start thinking about writing a poem every day this month is to read the following words by Ray Bradbury two or three times:

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

― Ray Bradbury

I bathe in the glory of a good book and get a natural high off the fumes of a writer composing at his best.  You absolutely must read and read a lot.  I don’t say this because I own a bookstore, but because good writing is fueled by good reading and I adore  good writing which can appear in poetry, mystery thrillers, literary journals, magazines and even in Op- Ed pieces.  If you find yourself in the vicinity of Kirkland, Washington please drop into BookTree at 609 Market St. Kirkland, WA 98033 and say ‘Hi’ or talk books and poetry with me.  The store has new and gently-used books.  The website for the store is here at BookTreeKirkland.com.  Third Saturdays of the month we offer a free workshop followed by a reading and open mic.  Find out about a free workshop, reading and open mic that we’ll be doing in the store on Saturday April 24th right here.

Writing by prompt is an exercise and one can enjoy completing the assignment without the ridiculous expectations that what you produce will be particularly good.  It can however lead to something good and exercising is vital to the body and to the mind.

If you feel hesitant to participate in the somewhat silly ritual of NaPoWriMo perhaps you’ll have an epiphany to positively be part of it and take the risk, think outside the box and just write and write some more.   The really risky thing to do is to actually post your writings/scribblings.  If you are brave and or foolish enough to post them, feel free to let me know you are posting and where you are doing so.

And if you are new at this, welcome, hope you’ll jump right in but if you hesitantly dip your toes in, that’s perfectly okay too.  Whatever level you are able to participate in NaPoWriMo is a step in the right direction and everyone is welcome.  Any exercising is good and beneficial.

Yes you can use and share these prompts but please let folks they came from this PoetryIsEverything blog. 

I have asked a fellow poet and friend Brendan McBreen (part of the Striped Water Poets writing group of Auburn, Wa Here  ) to also suggest some prompts for NaPoWriMo.  I will be using many of his suggestions.  Brendan recently had his first collection of poetry published by MoonPath Press.  It’s called:  Cosmic Egg.  You should read more about it Here at the MoonPath Press website .     He will be posting NaPoWriMo related material on his blog/website called terralunapoetry here.

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

Look for the next post and a prompt on March 31rst, 2018.

By the way I will be doing a reading with the wonderful folks in Duvall, WA on Wednesday April 4th at 7PM (open mic and FREE too).  Details here!

Happy NaPoWriMo!

 

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