If you are an aspiring poet wanting to jump into the online literary world but are confused about where to go and how to participate in National Poetry Month, the following will provide you with a few ideas. April is the perfect time to launch your poetry writing and take it to the next level.
National Poetry Month begins April 1st and below are websites which I have discovered to be truly offering the best support for poets and writers. If you’re serious about writing poetry, here is where to get started in April:
Camp NaNoWriMo is a mid-year event offered by the one and only National Novel Writing Month organization (NaNoWriMo.org). Camp begins April 1st and runs for the full month. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own word count goal to complete by the last day of April. (In November, you must complete 50,000 words in 30 days to win.) While at Camp, you can complete a novel you have already started, in any genre (yes, Poetry is a genre!) and there are less restrictions on winning. It’s a great place to get disciplined as a writer/poet and connect with other Poet NaNo’s.
Sign up (free!) and get your “cabin assignment”. Fill out your profile and check out the forums. Grab a badge for your social media networks. Then, write like you’ve never written before. Challenge yourself! All the assistance you need in on the website.
The great folks at NaNoWriMo.org are devoted to assisting writers of all ages, all over the world, all year long. The motivation from staff and the publishing resources they provide are the best you will find anywhere. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank Spirit for Chris Baty and Mr. Ian Woon for their vision.
The Academy of American Poets (Poets.org)
Another wonderful little gem is “Poem In Your Pocket Day” held on April 24, 2014.
On that day, you write or print out your favorite poem and carry it in your pocket and share it with others throughout the day.
Why not carry one of your own poems, and share with everyone you meet? If you are shy in sharing your work publicly, this could be the day to come out of your shell and claim your rightful title of “Poet”.
NaPoWriMo (30 Poems in 30 Days)
My first book of poetry started out as a blog. If you have a poetry blog as well, you can list the link on NaPoWriMo.net. (Please be aware that NaPoWriMo is not affiliated in any way with the non-profit organization NaNoWriMo.org.) This is a simple and small website that will list your blog link during the month of April so other poets can crawl and read your poetry. You’ll get honest feedback and connect with other poets. It’s a great way to start if you’re not quite ready to expand into larger writing projects.
Wherever you decide to participate online for National Poetry Month 2014, if you commit to writing one poem a day for each day of the month, you will have enough poetry for a small book. To be published. By you, the Poet.
Happy National Poetry Month!