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Reflecting On NaPoWriMo 2016

logo-napowrimoWell, my first NaPoWriMo is over. I’ve had a great, extremely productive month. I’ve achieved some of my goals for this month and some goals have changed a bit.

At the end of NaPoWriMo, you should have written 30 poems. I’ve written 70 poems so have definitely achieved the overall goal of the challenge.

I wanted to write a sequence of poems about bullying. This didn’t quite work out. I wrote a few poems but they didn’t feel right and came across more as little stories so I stopped writing them. However, I’ve had a really good idea on how to make the sequence work. I’ll start next week.

As well as working on my bullying sequece, The Art of not Fitting In, I also need to edit the 70 poems I wrote this month so I’ll have a busy couple of weeks.

NaPoWriMo did exactly what I hoped – spark the poet inside me back to life. I remember how much I enjoyed writing poems when I was at my peak many years ago. I will definitely continue to write two or three poems a week.

One surprising thing is how many poems I’ve written using poetry forms. I’ve discovered I hate using poetry forms that are written in set metrical forms using stressed and un-stressed syllables such as sonnets. I do, however, enjoy using poetry forms with syllable counts, set word counts per line, set rhyming couplet scheme or creating an effect by repeating key lines. This is something I will continue to explore.

The next few weeks will be very busy:

  • Editing 70 poems written during NaPoWriMo
  • Working on The Art of not Fitting In, my sequence about bullying. I’ll start this next week and still have some notes to finalise
  • Taking part in StoryADay in May
  • Writing the 1st Draft of my new novel, In A Dark, Dark House