Last year I took part in the Spring and Summer camps for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – the main event takes place in November. I successfully completed all 3 challenges and have over 100,000 of writing I have done nothing with since.
Whereas I wrote a poem a day, some from prompts some from my muse. I am DEFINITELY signing up for NaPoWriMo but have decided that for NaNoWriMo it will only be to write a couple of short stories so my monthly target will be 4000 words as opposed to 50,000! I think the minimum is 10,000 but have read that this year they have extended genres and they mention Haikus… I wrote 21 Haikus last Wednesday and even that many poems don’t have many words.
People can sign up already for the NaNoWriMo Spring Camp which starts on the 1st April.
I have collected shiny new badges to display here There are also tips to help you plan. I have been both a planner/prepper and a pantster (someone who approaches the target word count without a plan, thought or direction!)
Cabin sign ups start on March 25th.
How many of you are going to challenge yourself to camp this April?
I have submitted the site to appear on the participants list on NaPoWriMo and am fully ready to take part with a daily poetry challenge. As with last year (due to copyright issues) I won’t post an entire poem here throughout April, I post extracts and blog about the prompts and experience.
I have just discovered another November challenge – there are so many out there as alternatives to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which I have already committed to. However, I do need to write as many poems as I can this month as I have several readings and like to do different sets as some of the audience are the same and I like them to have new material to listen to. I also have a workshop and a Stanza meeting I need to write new material for.
So with some thought I have decided to complete the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge on
this month too. Run by Robert Lee Brewer.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community
Here’s some information about the challenge – in case you fancy participating too.
Full details can be found here; http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2013-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-guidelines
The November challenge. The guidelines in this post should help guide you through the month.
Here are the basics of the challenge:
- Beginning on November 1 (Atlanta, Georgia time), I will share a prompt and poem each day of November on this blog.
- Poets are then challenged to write a poem each day (no matter where you live on the planet) within 24 hours (or so) from when the prompt is posted. Don’t worry: If you fall behind or start late, you CAN play catch up.
- Poets do NOT have to register anywhere to participate. In fact, poets don’t even need to post to this blog to be considered participants.
- The Challenge will unofficially conclude around 24 hours after the final prompt is posted. That said…
- This Challenge is unique, because I expect poets to take all the material they’ve written in November and create a chapbook manuscript during the month of December. (Yes, you can revise material, and yes, the chapbook should be composed mostly of poems written for the challenge–I’m using the honor system.)
Day 1 prompt:
Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Let’s get some poeming done this month!
For today’s prompt, write an appearing poem. This could be a poem about something (or someone) appearing out of nowhere. Or it could be about appearances–appearing one way to some people; appearing another way to others. If you’re new to my prompts, let me share one thing: I’m totally fine with you stretching the prompt in any direction you need to write; in fact, I encourage it. Now get poeming!
My 1st PAD poem ‘Transformation’ is about the lifecycle of the caterpillar and was inspired by a YouTube time lapse video I watched.