Daily Archives: April 16, 2022

NaPoWriMo 2022 ~ Day 16


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Today’s featured participants: Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo, and second, a rather haunting exploration of cryptocurrency by Katie Staten.

Our featured online journal today is The Leon Literary Review, Meg Stout’s poem “Hinge,” and Lily Greenberg’s “To the boy who thinks his body, like a woman.”

AnToday, I’d like to challenge you to write a curtal sonnet. This is a variation on the classic 14-line sonnet. The curtal sonnet form was developed by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and he used it for what is probably his most famous poem, “Pied Beauty.” A curtal sonnet has eleven lines, instead of the usual fourteen, and the last line is shorter than the ten that precede it. Here are two other examples of Hopkins’ curtal sonnets: “Ash Boughs,” and “Peace.”

Today I had the pleasure of a drive through the sunny countryside to Ironbridge, for Country Voices with Nick Pearson & Cherry Doyle. It was a brilliant afternoon of poetry.

I arrived home to steal the last bit of sun in the garden. So, once again (as happens throughout NaPo), I come to the prompt a little late.

THINGS I’D RATHER DO THAN WATCH CRICKET is a playful poem investigating the alternatives. Some of my favourite suggestions;

I’d rather knit spaghetti with a spoon / Or line up tiny ducks for an inspection /

Why Should I Care About Cryptocurrency? By Katie Staten.

as soon as I read this title – I had a ‘why didn’t I think of that moment’. I thought this poem worked with a superb concept.

we are
all of us
being mined
every day.

And that ending – *deep exhale*.

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Next I enjoyed the featured publication, I spent some time reading around the LEON Literary Review before heading to the poems mentioned in today’s prompt.

Hinge by Meg Stout – which starts with a grandmother before moving on to those questions we may ask of ourselves in deep moments, there is a lot of life exposed in this powerful, driven poem.

washing a dish in the sink
overlooking the suburban marsh
she never visited. Her life a stop sign
to pleasure,

I read Lily Greenberg’s To the boy who thinks his body, like a woman, again a poem packed with story.

I have done
what I did not want to do
. Someone’s
father is proud, but not yours.

It is another incredibly commanding poem.

I also read What I Learned as a Girl Scout Was How to Play America – which is an angle I had never considered, Another solid poem

Now – the prompt will take some doing and I am not able to tackle it tonight. I read the example poems.

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The next day…


I finally tackled the curtal sonnet, after two false starts (subject matter). I took mindfulness activities as my starting point and worked on the 11 lines. My sonnet includes questions, I tend not to write too many questions in my poems, so it always feels a little strange when they come up!

This is the first curtal sonnet I have ever written (love when Napo provides new forms). Some of my poem is okay but I would say I need to write more poems in this form to get a hold of it. A couple of lines, one from each stanza:

feel how they shape your body, where it begins

until there’s nothing but shadow-flux smudge.

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The NaPoWriMo Hump


You are more than halfway there but you’re feeling the burn. This post is for you.

This weekend rather than gather the ever growing NaPo statistics, I thought I’d go for motivation.

Whether this is the first time you have attempted 30 poems in 30 days or if it’s old hat you reach a point where you want to down tools and run away. This is natural. Work through the burn and carry on. If that’s too much, distract yourself for a bit until you are ready to face another challenge. Skip a day or two if you have to. You may find time another day to tackle more than one prompt to catch up or decide to let them go. I have done all of the above since I started the challenge back in 2014.

Writing IS a challenging process and anyone who has attempted to write a novel (or even a novella) will tell you that motivation can be a challenge. As is complete loss of confidence. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Not everyone is a pianist – but walk up to a piano, hit a key and you made a note.

Whatever you do – know that it’s right for you and forgive yourself. If you want to forge ahead but you feel you’re flailing try these tips:

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  • See the BIG picture
  • Are you writing a collection and hoping to create some extra poems through NaPoWriMo?
  • Are you just doing the challenge to have fun?
  • What do you need/want/hope to get out of it?
  • Perhaps you don’t have a big picture – create one now.

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  • Divide and Conquer

If you following Maureen’s site the prompts always come with rich resources and poems. I always approach each day in chunks, I do it chronologically but sometimes mix it up.

  • Divide into three sections (Featured poem(s)/ Featured Journal/ Prompt)
  • Spend a chunk of time on each throughout the day.

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  • Think about your BEST TIME

As writers some of us are more creative in the morning, others late at night. There will be days you are time poor and busy, be flexible, adjust. If this means writing on your phone or a post-it note, or recording an audio note – then do it.

  • Choose the best time of day for you to write.
  • Change it up when you can – you will be surprised how different free writing becomes.

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  • Situate
  • Try writing in different environments. This could be inside your house or out in public.
  • Find somewhere you would never write. Write.

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  • Read, Read, Read

Remember NaPoWriMo is not about being perfect, it isn’t about editing. You will create a bundle of poems which would not otherwise exist, you will know of more poets and journals by the end of April and you will have some material ready to edit as we head towards June!

And most of all HAVE FUN!

NaPoWriMo Nina’s Challenge #Day16


Everyday throughout April I am posting an image for you to use as a writing prompt. Feel free to post links to the resulting work in the comments.

#Day 16

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