The challenge for April is to write a poem every day. Did you know that? ‘A poem a day through April till May’. Any length, any form, any topic, as long as you end up with something vaguely resembling a poem.
NaPoWriMo will be offering daily prompts to help your writing along, and urge you to mix-and-match poetry prompts. They also remind us that you can find prompts by Robert Lee Brewer at his April Poem-a-Day challenge. Look out for the #promptaday hashtag on Twitter.
This year I made a choice in January to read at least one poem a day. I have a huge admiration for the mastery poets have over words, and some of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read have been by poets. It’s something to do with the linguistic agility and originality required to take a commonplace sentence or sentiment and imbue it with a rhythm that makes it really shine in the reader’s mind long after they’ve read it.
For a long time I’ve thought about trying to develop my rudimentary poetry writing skills, so this seems like too good an opportunity to pass up. My aim is to discover how to take my flash fiction writing and elevate the brevity of that skill to a new, glittering level that more efficiently and resonantly expresses what I’m trying to say.
Perhaps this challenge is my opportunity to achieve this – a sort of intensive month-long poetry masterclass, inspired by some of the best poets in the business.