I’m just over half-way through this year’s poem-a-day challenge for National Poetry Writing Month. Have so far produced sixteen very scrappy, unsatisfactory first drafts – but better that than writing nothing at all!

I’ve approached the challenge differently from last year when I wrote at the same time every day, between 6 and 7.30 each morning. This year I’m varying the times at which I’m writing (squeezing a poem in as and when I can, basically!) and varying my writing locations too (study, garden, café, train, park, kitchen, bus, bed…) Am finding that my early morning slots are still the most productive – being close to the subconscious/dream state and with a head as yet uncluttered by the demands of the day definitely works best for me.

At the end of the month, I plan to sit back and assess which poems are worth working on. About half of last year’s proved to be, and eight or so have subsequently been published, so hopefully there’ll be something to salvage from this year’s scrappy first drafts too!

5 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2009

  1. Hello Hazardgal – I’m looking forward to reading Envoi too 🙂

    Like you, Coastcard, I’m a devoted diary writer when I’m travelling. In fact, many of the poems I’m working on this month have been triggered by diary observations (some much older than others!)

    Thank you, Daisy-Winifred, for wishing me deliciously quiet days of thought and walking…I’m planning a mini ‘retreat’ for a few days in July at the moment.

    Will keep going, Michelle! Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. So, you’re breathing every other breath:0) Glad you are of writing of course, selfish reader that I am but I wish for you a few very quiet, still, undisturbed and delicious mornings stretching on into days of thought,walking and encounter that feed your body and heart as well as your mind:0)

  3. I admire your drive and dedication. I must set my own 'poetry month', I think, and try to produce some drafts. I find diary writing quite compelling when I am travelling (& I have been on the road a bit recently). I tell myself that as long as I record what seems important at the time, the poems will come later. This is often true, but later can mean much, much later – and inevitably one probably loses some spontaneity.

    I have tried keeping a 'haiku diary' on the grounds that this should be manageable. The results are invariably mixed, and this is where revision comes into play.

  4. It’s hard to believe poetry month is half over! I can’t wait to get my copy of Envoi. Have you seen it?April is when life renews itself. Poetry does the same so it is the perfect month for poems!

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