NaPoWriMo Struggle Session [blog]

Now that National Poetry Writing Month is over, I thought it would be cool to take a look back at what was achieved, what was learned, and what could be done better… not necessarily in that order.

So for those who don’t know, the goal is to write 30 poems in 30 days. I did not achieve that goal this year. I think I wrote 30 pieces of writing, but a few were not poems. I guess a couple could have been poems if I added more line breaks. But still, in the strictest interpretation of the rules of NaPoWriMo, I did fall short of the goal.

However, it seems pertinent to interrogate what the point of NaPoWriMo actually is. This is going to be different for different people. But to me the points are to write more, write better, and to develop a rhythm within yourself, both in the writing and in the production of the writing.

To this point, I feel that I succeeded. I definitely wrote more. And that was awesome. I wrote some utter garbage, but I also wrote some things that I am truly proud of. And I developed a new writing routine that really suits my life at this moment.

Since I decided to do the exercise publicly on WordPress, I got to meet a lot of cool people and got some really interesting feedback in the comments section. This was my favorite part of the project.

Now I feel empowered to go forward and write more stuff in public. I don’t know if I’m going to keep the same grueling schedule that NaPoWriMo demanded of me. But with my new routine and my new friends, I’m really looking forward to what happens next. As cheesy as that is.

8 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Struggle Session [blog]

  1. What’s the new writing routine you developed?
    Also, it’s the things we look forward to that keep us going, especially on hard days. Maybe the good things in life are cheesy, like cheese.

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    1. The writing routine is that I get up around midnight and work until dawn. This is because my gf works in the living room all day. So I’ve become a night owl to have my own work time.

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      1. I like your timetable. I start at 4 am and go to midday. That’s a good 8 hours. In the early hours I feel like I’m getting something for free.

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  2. This is an excellent wrap up post for #NaPoWriMo. I participated in the challenge too. Like you, some of what I wrote was good. Other pieces? Not so much. I did like the discipline of writing every day, and I hope I can keep that up! Congrats on what you accomplished.

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