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National Poetry Writing Month 2012

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Key Facts

:bulletblue: 30 days
:bulletblue: 30 poems
:bulletblue: April 1st - April 30th 2012
:bulletblue: Anyone can do it!
:bulletblue: You don't have to finish
:bulletblue: You don't have to write good poems
:bulletblue: (You don't have to write one poem a day if you don't want to. shhh! :shh:)
:bulletblue: You don't have to post every single one of them on deviantArt
:bulletblue: You just have to write some poems in April.

NaPoWriMo2012 is the home of this year's NaPo on dA

:bulletgreen: We will have prompts!
:bulletgreen: We will have challenges!
:bulletgreen: We will have moaning sessions!
:bulletgreen: And we will proudly display your half-formed, totally-rushed, shouldn't-really-see-the-light-of-day, and occasional stroke-of-genius poetic creations proudly in our gallery.

You don't need to be a poet, you just need to write some poems

A final word from our sponsor* TS Eliot:

April is the cruellest month...

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:new: April 25: I added a piece of community news to wrap up this entry. Go check it out!

Welcome to week three, everyone! How goes the versification?

There are only seven days left in April. For me, these last few days promise to overflow with activity: sprinting through essays at four in the morning, cramming for exams between classes, and penning poetry in the dead of the night. What can I say? I thrive on stress. [/blatant_lie]

I hope that cramming, desperation, and unintelligible poetry are not in your end-of-April future. (But if they are, never fear: we can start a club! :dummy:) I also hope that you're on the road to successfully completing your NaPoWriMo goals!

Completing those goals is a demanding business: it often requires a mental readjustment (especially for us newer poets and NaPoWriMo'ers), a willingness to buckle down, fail better, and improve on victory. I have nothing but the greatest admiration for everyone who took the poetic plunge: for those of you who have managed to keep up a constant stream of poetry this month and for those of you still versifying away, whether you've just begun or are just now starting poem number ten. Give yourselves a hand!

So what did you set out to do this month? Have your goals changed? Have you accomplished them? On track to accomplishing them? Fallen behind like nobody's business?

:bulletgreen: PROMPTS for APRIL 24-30

:bulletyellow: Write a poem that uses the atmosphere and/or key themes/elements of your favorite genre of fiction (for example: a horror poem)

:bulletyellow: Have you noticed trends in your poetry? Certain words, themes, or images that you use repeatedly? Make a list of those trends and use them in a poem. Alternately, use the opposites of those trends in a poem.

:bulletyellow: Write a poem that uses the sounds of a certain location (the soundscape) to tell a story.

:bulletyellow: Describe the aftermath of a scene from three (or more) points of view.


:bulletyellow: Write about something that could have happened, but didn't.

:bulletyellow: Write about facing something you're not (or a character is not) prepared for.

:bulletyellow: Write about observing someone without their knowing.

:bulletyellow: Identify your Ideal Reader. Write something just for him/her.

:bulletyellow: Address this question to yourself, someone you know, or a character in a poem: "Were you scared when…?"

Onward, poets!

:bulletgreen: COMMUNITY NEWS

jagrier celebrates poetry and pairs NaPoems with artwork in the wonderful feature, "Poetry + Art." Find the first of the three features ("Early April Poetry") here and the second (Mid-April poetry) here Check it out!
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The dA home of National Poetry Writing Month 2012! 30 days, 30 poems: are you up to the challenge?

Group will include prompts, challenges, encouragement and support to get over writers' block. Whether you write one poem or thirty, if you participate this year we're happy to feature your work :D


This group has been set up exclusively for the purpose of supporting NaPoWriMo 2012 on dA. It will be kept open until 31st March 2013 for archival purposes.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is NaPoWriMo in a different group every year?
And is it only held in April?
Ralij Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Made it! I wouldn't have even known about the challenge if it weren't for this group! A big thanks to those who participated and founded the group!
Gandalfgirl579 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know, they should give a badge to everyone who participated in this. It takes dedication! And the dA admins have given out badges for lesser accomplishments...
135711cal Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
What, there is a group? I have been going crazy writing 3-4 a day (and some are worth posting)

I write them all down
and then I hide them away
not worth the effort.
CrumpetsHarvey Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Writer
(I have posted none to the group, they are either too bad or too good :P)
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Now I discovered that I missed one letter in your group ID.
CrumpetsHarvey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   Writer
:party: :squee: :la:
leakygaloshes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Writer
cholie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
This group is so amazing! :love:
leakygaloshes Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Writer
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