Tuesday will mark the start of 2014’s NaPoWriMo, so it’s time for all poets and poets-to-be to mull over their metaphors and get their similes simmering for a whole month of poetry.

As the somewhat more realistic sister of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaPoWriMo presents the challenge of writing a poem a day throughout the month of April. If you’re interested in signing up, you can visit the website here or follow along on Twitter at @napowrimo2014. Alternatively, just write a poem a day – you don’t necessarily have to post or publicise them anywhere, and you’ll still have an inner glow from flexing your creative muscles!

To make things more interesting and give a focus to the month, how about taking one of the following ideas?

  • Write a poem in a different form each day (e.g. a haiku one day, a clerihew the next)
  • Write all thirty poems in the same form (e.g. thirty cinquains)
  • Write a series or sequence of thirty poems, all with the same theme or focus
  • Write a narrative poem that takes place over thirty days
  • Wake up at the same time every morning, go to the same place and write your poem based on what you see/hear/smell/feel
  • Write your poems at the same time every day, basing them on your location on a map at that particular time
  • Write each poem based on a snippet of overheard dialogue from the day

And me? Well although I will be away on holiday for part of April, I will be taking my trusty notebook with me and certainly intend to get more than a few verses penned in the spirit of NaPoWriMo. More about how I’ve got on, perhaps with some of my resultant poetry, to follow…

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