3 Day Countdown and more Craft Resources.
Our craft resource for the day is an essay by the poet Mark Strand (scroll down to “from ‘Notes on the Craft of Poetry’”). Strand advocates for a bit of the mystical and the personal in poetry. While he doesn’t deny that there is a “way of doing” poetry, he believes that the way is unique to each poet, and must be discovered through practice.
2 Day Countdown
another craft resource for your perusal. In his essay, Got Poetry?, Jim Holt discusses the practice of memorizing poetry. I memorized a lot of poetry as a child, and have found it wonderful not just for entertaining myself at bus stops (we didn’t always have iPhones), but because it creates a sort of mental index of the sounds of poetry — rhythms and beats and ways of expression that I can consult when writing without having to stop and go look something up.
1 Day to Go and a BONUS Earlybird Prompt
Our craft resource today is a short article featuring fifteen poets’ thoughts on revision. While our focus during Na/GloPoWriMo is on first drafts, revision is a big part of the poetic process, and one that everyone struggles with. Hopefully, this will give you food for thought and inspiration as you tackle editing your work.
Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object.
Find out more about this prompt by visiting the site here.
NaPoWriMo 2018 Here We Come!
It has been well documented that writing on waking, first thing in the morning, whilst your brain is still somewhere between sleep and the new day can produce great results and uncover words which would otherwise never have been written.
SUNDAY 26th OCTOBER DAY 2
I want you to make a commitment RIGHT NOW that tomorrow morning you will start the day with your notebook and pen (it is best to go ‘old school’ and avoid more techno versions), you needn’t even get out of bed! Write for 5 minutes or 10 if you can manage – a stream of consciousness that may not even make sense (don’t worry) keep the pen moving (this is why it’s best to ditch the gadgets)! Let your mind and hand be open.
BACK TO NOW
1) Think of a dream, it can be one you have dreamt or something made up. Make a note.
2) Add a description of your dream/character into this statement;
You had that dream again. The one where ___________________________________ stares you down from your window. Except the windows open this time—and you’re awake! What happens next?
Example: You had that dream again. The one where the beast with the drooping hands and wicked fangs stares you down from your window. Except the windows open this time—and you’re awake! What happens next?
3) Free write for a while, then decide if you want to polish, edit redraft or stick with the original flow of thoughts.
Aim for about 500 words.
Finally share LINKS here to where you have posted – or copy & paste your writing into a reply on this post.
SATURDAY 26th October – DAY 2
This is the final event for today – I look forward to reading responses tomorrow – this is a writing prompt – use it as a first line or just to get you going.
Post your writing here or on your blog with a link back here for us to come and read your Night Write.
He hadn’t seen her since the day they left High School.