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NaPoWriMo 2016Wake up! National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) begins tomorrow!

If you don’t usually write poetry, this is the perfect excuse to try your hand at something new. If that seems too intimidating, allow yourself to write BAD poetry, the poem equivalent of “It was a dark and stormy night….” (Hint: bad poetry is usually WAY more fun to write than good poetry.)

And if you just can’t bring yourself to write poetry of any kind, let NaPoWriMo spur you to work on something else. Think of it as an extension of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month): finish that half-baked novel you started last November (or three Novembers ago) or revise that Frankenstein of a first draft lurking in the bottom drawer.

Whatever you do, write!

P.S. For writing prompts, check out the links to the right or the Writers Write handy-dandy April prompts. The NaPoWriMo site also has links to all sorts of resources, including prompts. The WordxWord 30/30 Poetry Challenge has moved to Facebook: you can sign up here to participate.

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Perhaps it is because of T.S. Eliot’s famous observation (“The Wasteland”) that April has been designated National Poetry Month by the American Academy of Poets. The energy of the very planet is stirred up as the seasons turn from the extremes of one solstice toward that of the other. Whether you write poetry or not, April is full of inspiration in both the natural and online worlds.

Nothing could be more simple than the A to Z Blogging Challenge, even if you don’t blog. Every day except Sundays, you write something inspired by the corresponding letter of alphabet, beginning with A on April 1 (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).

Even if you’re not a poet, you can sign up to receive daily writing prompts from WordXWord’s 30/30 Poetry Challenge (http://3030poetry.com/). If you’d rather not have those pesky prompts popping up in your inbox every day, you can resolve instead to visit the Writer’s Digest’s Poem a Day Challenge (http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-guidelines/) for their daily prompts.

Then there’s NaPoWriMo — the poet’s version of NaNoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month and National Novel Writing Month, respectively). Find ideas for taking your writing to the next level at http://www.napowrimo.net/

And for you novelists who were too busy in November to pound out your 50,000 words, the good folks at NaNoWriMo offer a month-long writing experience at Camp NaNoWriMo (https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in). They also run a second camp session during July, so mark your calendars.

No matter what your genre, crack your fingers, get your tools and supplies lined up, and prepare to get some serious writing done in April!

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