Do you get bored easily? Here’s a suggestion, how about you try writing some poetry. In fact, April just so happens to be National Poem Writing Month (also known as NaPoWriMo for short). Similarly to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), National Poem Writing Month encourages people of all ages to write and do some creative thinking. Basically, poets attempt at the challenge of writing a poem per day for the entire month of April. The “30 poems in 30 days” challenge was initiated by Maureen Thorson, who is a poet herself.
Some background information on NaPoWriMo
On March 17, 2003, Maureen Thorson announced the start of the project. Thorson started writing and posting a poem a day on her blog in April 2003. As more and more people followed in her footsteps of writing daily poems, Thorson decided to create give the participating poets more recognition by linking the poets’ blogs or website on her own blog. As each year pass by, the number of participants have steadily grown as well which prompted Thorson to create a website (www.NaPoWriMo.net) to help expand the project.
Thorson indicated herself that to participate you do not have to submit your poems for others to see. She is simply encouraging others to write. So, you can write poems keep it to yourself, or for writers who may want to boast about their amazing writing skills, you can submit your masterpieces online too! Iyou do want to be one of the recognized poets, however, you can only submit poems through some sort of blog. Thorson has suggested Blogger, Weebly and WordPress as free sites to get started. If you are concerned about web safety, Thorson reassured that no personal information of any kind will be collected and people may even remain anonymous if desired.
For more updates and information, check out this website: www.NaPoWriMo.net
The website also has links to blogs submitted by some participating poets.