I have been talking about starting a new blog for months now. I’ve been toying with ideas of what to write and how it would look, but have not been able to move past the pondering stage. But today I was inspired.
The site NaPoWriMo.net conducts an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. I’ve always fancied myself a novice poet, so I decided to give it a shot. Since I didn’t find this site until today, I’ll be a day behind, my first poem being written on April 2 instead of April 1, but still, I will try to write all thirty. No guarantees here, but this is my goal.
The thing to remember is that the goal of this project is to get poets to write and not worry about being perfect. Here’s a quote from the founder of the project, Maureen Thorson:
“Be open to the possibilities. The point isn’t to turn out a fully formed sonnet each day — although if anyone wants to try, I’m not going to discourage them! The point is to just get something down on the page without worrying about doing it “right.” Many people, including published poets, avoid writing because their inner editor keeps saying, “oh, that’s not good” or “you’re not taking this seriously.” But then you end up writing nothing at all.
I’d suggest that people “let go” of any preconceived notions of what poems have to look like or be about. A poem can rhyme, or not. It can be in a traditional form, or not. It can be about something like love or death, or . . . it could be about how much you like the smell of new erasers. Again, this project is more about getting words down than on making sure they’re perfect.”
So look forward to the coming posts of poems on love, running, money, cats or whatever else strikes my fancy that day. And I guarantee they won’t be perfect or good enough, but at least I’ll be writing.