Wednesday, 30 April 2008

NaPoWriMo ends

It's the last day of NaPoWriMo, and I intend to wring out of myself another poem. I have not managed a poem every day, and I doubt I've done 30 for the month, but I've certainly written at least 20 and pushed myself to write a poem more regularly. Others?


  1. 29 so far! but not proud of them all. It's been exhausting but it's been a refreshing approach to productivity for me.


  2. Hi Carrie,
    I also didn't manage to keep the pace in the end. But still it was quite interesting experience.

  3. Anonymous8:06 am

    ... I could cheat and push out a haiku today, dated yesterday... that would make it 30! :))

    ... Yeah well... 29, then, but have to say that determination to write even 17 words and call it a poem won out over craft. So not sure that is good or bad... in the end it seemed more like writing exercises to be done as a daily discipline.

    But that's not to say I haven't benefitted from the output of thoughts and words. Some nuggets... even a spark of something worthwhile... have flown from a few things, I think.

    So would definitely have another attempt again sometime. But for now... time to catch up on some reading on a beach in Spain and a few days rest!

    Well done with your more productive (I can assume!) output. I particularly like the Turkish market write you shared with us.

    Thanks for the fun!


  4. Anonymous9:08 am

    well,I haven't managed a complete poem every day either, some (most) days a line, an idea, a fragment, but I do find the discipline good and I'll carry on, carrie. This is something I try to do all the time anyway, but this april has been especially productive. some things I'm particularly pleased with and have already been published - here: btw great that you're coming to berlin in november!

  5. I petered out at about 19 poems on the 24th or thereabouts, which is a respectable enough total I suppose.

    It was an enjoyable exercise, though, and this kind of discipline can only be a good thing. For me at least, it helped to have some chaff to actually sort the wheat from, if you see what I mean. And if that's only 2 or 3 decent poems, it's better than I churn out in many months of the year!

  6. I didn't manage the pace either, but squeezed out about twelve pages of my poem sequence on Warwick Castle.

    It still needs to be redrafted and edited, of course.

    And by the time I've finished that process, my twelve pages will probably be down to about five lines ...