NaPoWriMo Recap.

Even though I spent many April nights (after a good first week of finishing drafts by 3pm) falling asleep with a pencil in my hand, these last few days of not writing have felt strange.  The brass tacks:

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  1. poems written: 30.  THIRTY!  I’m totally thrilled.
  2. how many written that are keepers: 26.  I may actually be able to save the other 4 as well, but right now I don’t love them enough.  And of those 26, I’m feeling that only a few require substantial revision.  But this is due entirely to the fact that I worked more and more on them before posting, thus the late nights dozing with a pencil in my hand.
  3. how many days I will wait before starting to submit: 0. I began the process this weekend, after spending Friday immersed in 30 poems in hard copy.  I LOVE to submit, love choosing the journals (and I subscribe to a boatload), the frisson it brings to the act of checking my mail, both virtual & actual.  Even if I only have 3 worthy poems, I always have submissions out there circulating those 3 poems.

Now,  having been able to complete this NaPoWriMo challenge, after not writing much at all during the last year, begs the question:  why can’t I write this much all the time?  And I think the answer has to do with NaPoWriMo being such a widespread community affair.  Making this pledge, and being among a group of others doing the same, gives you an impetus you don’t have normally, and makes you accountable in a unique way.

And one of the reasons to take part in NaPoWriMo is to give you that kick in the pants.  By forcing myself to find the time every single day to write a brand new poem, I’ve hopefully taught myself new ways to write.  And I’ve learned that I can actually write with a baby in my lap.  And on little sleep.

But I couldn’t write this much all the time, the wells run dry.  I need time to read, too, and writing this much means not much time left over to recharge, or revise.  Not to mention my poor poetry widower/husband.  But that’s the grand thing: I’ve toned up my writing muscles, and as long as I work on my writing every week, that’s good enough.  And now I know that however busy I am, I do indeed have the time!

5 responses to “NaPoWriMo Recap.”

  1. Congratulations! I don’t know how it can be done…30 poems in 30 days? Ugh. Maybe I’ll give it a go next year:) Apparently I found your site a bit too late–I see lots of “poofs” so I assume you pulled your poetry off while you submit? In any event–good luck and kudos to you for sticking with it, even while cradling a baby. Now that’s some hard work 😉

  2. Poetry month spoiled me – my May mornings have been a bit bleaker without a new poem to look forward to on your blog.
    Thank You for April!

  3. Thank you, Calliope. I only kept each draft up for 24 hrs. Then the old one would come down & the new one go up.

    You’re welcome, Sara! — you made writing a poem every day a real joy, knowing you’d be reading. Who knows, I might post a draft or two some time again.

  4. What an accomplishment! 26 keepers–that’s tremendous. Best of luck with your submissions!

  5. Thank you, Karin — frankly, I think the poems were just busting to come out, I’d written so little since becoming pregnant etc. If I manage to keep up a decent writing schedule this year, I probably won’t have anywhere as much luck next year!

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