NaPoWriMo 2021 the Halfway Point


I have spent the 2nd week of Napo trying (and succeeding) to catching up with the prompts and posts, I knew yesterday that in between life bits and online events I wasn’t going to have time to post the 2 week review.

Instead let’s celebrate reaching the halfway point!

CONGRATULATIONS – you are halfway there. You did it! 15 poems? Maybe more, maybe less… no matter, keep going. That’s the real secret of NaPo… keep going!

I am 18 poems in. There are about 8 I really like (nearly 50%) and 3 or 4 which I think have real legs. I look forward to re-reading them all in May and choosing which will follow me into the summer to be worked on.

This week was another brilliantly full week of readings, resources and prompts. As I was desperate to catch up most of this week I did only write one poem for each prompt (unless you include the 2 poems for Day 9 which didn’t earn the ink space), I haven’t saved them to the document with all my poems for Napo, they are not deleted though – no writing is ever wasted.

I am not even going to attempt the maths – by the halfway point we have read loads of poems, discovered poets and resources in bountiful amounts and possibly managed to get to a few events too.


This week+1 day, I have written 8 poems, some of them have potential, some took days to make it to the surface, it was a busy week and some stalled on initial attempts.


My favourite prompt(s): Day 10 “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen and Day 14 to write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. Mark Wunderlich.

Most enjoyable day: Day 10 – not only Jericho Brown but The Doors through the junk drawer prompt. This day took me 2 days to complete and I would have happily continued for days to come.

My valuable resource(s): From Day 13 (posted as a prompt) but one of my now saved places. Sundress Publications. I also enjoyed the 1915 book Spoon River Anthology from Day 8.

Favourite Readings: Day 8 featured reading for the day Denise Duhamel, reading at Arizona State University and Day 10 Jericho Brown reading at the Cuyahoga County Public Library back in 2019.

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