How I Am Preparing For National Poetry Writing Month

The start of National Poetry Writing Month 2021 is nearing and I could not be more excited! The poetic sparks and inspiration of this literary month are already flickering and flashing through my veins. It is just another excuse to love the month of April!

Here is an inside glimpse of how I am preparing for NaPoWriMo!

With a nostalgic and critical eye, I reread my 2020 NaPoWriMo poems. Reflecting on the words (and not to sound cliched,) but it was a wave of memories that crashed over me at once. I clearly remember the exact experiences that influenced each poem. More so, I recall where I wrote each piece and the mood I was feeling in that moment.

Reading with a critical eye, I thought specifically about what I’d change if I were to write the poem today. Taking into consideration the changes, I will keep the edits in my mind as I write future poetry. This is how writing growth occurs.

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I live a creative life and collect paint swatches to help me remain creative in a variety of facets – from writing, art, and scrawling quotes across them. Sometimes, I will turn toward the names of each color to influence a poem’s title or move me toward finding the poem’s subject.

I’ve been finding myself sorting through the stack of paint samples I have on my desk. I love seeing the hues and shades flash by in a vibrant manner.

I have also been trying to surround myself with writing quotes by famous writers, as well as immersing myself in more classic poetry.

What I love about writing quotes is how they instantly capture. They are also extremely memorable and can ignite the passion to write even when we are minimally inspired. Reading writing quotes makes me feel more prepared and empowered to take on 30 poems for back to back days without pause.

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you” by Beatrix Potter is my current favorite.

How are you preparing for National Poetry Writing Month?

2 thoughts on “How I Am Preparing For National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)

  1. This will be my first time participating, so I’m not sure what to expect. I may just let the inspiration come each day, sometimes too much prep or planning limits creativity, but my views may change once it starts.

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    1. So happy to hear this is your first time participating! The first go at NaPoWriMo is always exciting and memorable. The journey of finding and sustaining inspiration can certainly differ from person to person. As poets, we must do what makes us the best writers we can be! Thank you for reading!

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