NaPoWriMo 2016 Starts Today!

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And so it begins.

Today, the month-long challenge during the month of April to write 30 poems in 30 days-that’s a poem each day for the entire month! What a cool way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. Here’s the synopsis from NaPoWriMo’s site:

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

This website is owned and operated by Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month), she started writing a poem a day for the month of April back in 2003, posting the poems on her blog. When other people started writing poems for April, and posting them on their own blogs, Maureen linked to them. After a few years, so many people were doing NaPoWriMo that Maureen decided to launch an independent website for the project.

This site was designed by the very nice people at 2the9design, who know waaaaayyyyy more about back-end coding stuff than Maureen does. But this site isn’t meant to be “official,” or to indicate ownership or authority over the idea of writing 30 poems in April. There is no corporate sponsorship of this project. No money is intended to change hands anywhere. Maureen just likes poems and wants to encourage people to write them. The site doesn’t ask for your email address, or any other personal information. Heck, you don’t even have to give your name.

Need more information? See the Wikipedia entry for NaPoWriMo, or check out our FAQ!

I started participating two years ago and at the end of the month I self-publish my 30 poems as a NaPoWriMo poetry book. You can download the 2014 and 2015 books for free at Smashwords.com-they’ll always be free there and if you want a print copy of the books you can purchase them online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or CreateSpace.

I look forward to NaPoWriMo and I hope that you all participate as well. If you’re not sure what to write the NaPoWriMo site has daily prompts. Good luck and happy poetry writing!

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