What I learned from writing a Poem a day during NAPOWRIMO

I wrote 30 poems in 30 days, and here are my take-aways:

  1. When you write a poem every single day, you look for poems everywhere.
    Interesting words, phrases, situations–everything could be the “moment of the poem” for that day.
  2. You learn how much time you Actually have for writing during the day.
    Turns out, most days I do have writing time–the days that I didn’t, I made the time.
  3. Your poems become less precious.
    Yes, many of my poems were throwaways! And that is ok–not every word leaked from my pen is pure gold.
  4. You find veins of interest / connections in poems.
    For me, I found a vein of writing interest about mid-month that I’ve followed, and I think could turn into a chapbook at some point.
  5. You learn the value of a writing buddy.
    If I didn’t have a friend to send my poems to each day, it would have been so much easier to give up! Having a writing community or even just one writer friend to cheer you on can make a huge difference.

You don’t have to wait til April to write a poem a day!


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