Calling All Early Birds
Happy Na/GloPoWriMo Eve, all! Tomorrow is April 1, and the official start of the twentieth year of the project. We can’t believe it’s been going on for so long. Its longevity is due to you all – the enthusiasm our participants bring to this yearly challenge is wonderful to see.
We’ll be back tomorrow with a new poetry resource, our first featured participant and, of course, our optional prompt. This year, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Na/GloPoWriMo, we’ll be featuring a mix of prompts from our archives and brand-new challenges.
For those of you who just can’t wait – or are in time zones in which April arrives a bit earlier than it does here on the east coast of the United States, here’s an early bird prompt for you.
Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with the idea of a “fun fact.” Your fact could actually be fun – or the whole point could be that it’s not fun. Maybe you have a favorite wacky fact already, but if not, Mental Floss’s “Amazing Fact Generator” is here to help!
(Note: I’ve corrected the link! Sorry for the error, and hat tip to Elizabeth Boquet for bringing the problem to my attention!)
So Close You Can Almost Taste It
What does a poem taste like, we wonder? There’s a prompt for you right there!
With just two days to go, we are indeed on the brink, the precipice, the teetering edge of Na/GloPoWriMo. Luckily, if you fall over and in, all that happens is you wind up writing some poems. If you have to take a plunge, that’s really not so bad.
Tomorrow we’ll be back with an early-bird prompt, for the benefit of those of you who can’t wait to get started, as well as those of you for whom April 1 begins a few hours earlier than it does at Na/GloPoWriMo HQ, on the U.S. east coast.
If you’re hungry for prompts in the meantime, Poets and Writers has a huge collection, which you can find here.
Just Three Days to Go!
Hello, everyone! There’s just three days left until April 1, and the start of Na/GloPoWriMo 2023. We hope you’ve got your keyboards charged, your pens filled with ink, and that your minds are starting to spark with poetic possibility.
As usual, we’ll be providing an optional prompt each day during the month, to help you if you are having trouble getting started. But if our prompts aren’t enough, why not browse the Poetry Foundation’s online collection?
NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Is On The Way!
Hello, everyone! While the Ides of March might have been a baleful date for Julius Caesar, for us it means we’re that much closer to April 1 and the start of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo.
In the meantime, if you’re chomping at the bit for some prompts, why not check out some online prompt generators, like the one here, and the one here? Or if you’re looking for something a bit more strange to inspire you, maybe feed the URL for a random Wikipedia entry into The Eater of Meaning (an online program that “nonsensifies” the words of individual webpages. Some of the resulting phrases may give you inspiration for a poem!).
We’ll have some other poetry resources to share with you as March winds down, and we start gearing up for April in earnest. In the meantime, please remember that you can follow our prompts and other posts on Facebook and on Twitter (@napowrimo2023).
Na/GloPoWriMo is Just Around the Bend!
It may be hard to believe that we’re starting March already, but we are. And that means that National/Global Poetry Writing Month is just 30 days away! Haven’t heard of Na/GloPoWriMo? Well, this is your opportunity, whether you’re a published poet, a beginner, or just someone who loves a challenge, to try your hand at writing a poem a day for the month of April.
How does it work? Simple — just write a poem every day from April 1 to April 30. If you’ll be posting your efforts to a blog or other internet space this year, you can submit the link using our “Submit Your Site” form, and your website will show up in our “Participants’ Sites” list.
And if you’re not planning to post your work online? No worries! Na/GloPoWriMo doesn’t require that at all. All you have to day is write a poem a day for April.
As in prior years, we’ll be posting an optional daily prompt to help you get inspired. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Na/GloPoWriMo, we’ll be digging into our prompt archives to show off some of the best prompts from past years. That said, there will also be some new prompts as well!
We’ll also be featuring a different participant each day, as well as a daily poetry-related resource.
For those of you that would like buttons/badges to post on your blogs or websites to show your participation, here is this year’s crop!:
And a hint for those of you who would like to communicate with fellow Na/GloPoWriMo-ers — if you click on the title to each day’s post, you’ll find that the title is a link that will take you to a page specific to that day’s post, with a comment section. This is a great place to post links to your daily output during Na/GloPoWriMo, and to find other participants’ poems.
We’ll be back on the 15th of March, as we build up to our count-down to April 1! And if you have questions in the meantime, please contact us at napowrimonet AT gmail DOT com.