Yes, I know that it’s Friday, and not Thursday. This post is late because yesterday was April Fool’s Day, and you can’t believe anything you see on the internet until April 2nd. 😉

So,

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. !

Poetry month is always full of great poetry-related events, like speakers, workshops, and readings.   Check out your local independent bookstores for any poets that may be stopping by this month. NPR also tends to feature more poets in their programming during April as well.

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? November has dibs on National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of folks participate in trying to write novels in 30 days.

A few years ago, Maureen Thorson came up with NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month.  The goal is to write a poem for every day in April.  Just as with NaNoWriMo, the writing is not expected to be amazing or great, it’s just expected to be THERE.

I love these types of exercises because they’re a great way to get used to writing past your fears and frustrations.  It is a perfect practice in letting go of perfectionism.   It just has to get on to the page.

When I focus on doing instead of thinking about doing, like magic, the work gets done.

I am participating in NaPoWriMo, are you?