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April Poetry Month Challenge

The now annual April Poetry Month Challenge has started over at Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides. Basically, he gives a prompt every day and you churn out a poem. I’ve had several friends do this (and I sort of half did it once, lol)…one of them has had several poems published now. It’s a great way to get a body of poems to work on without a lot of judgment on your part…how much time do you really have to agonize over a poem if you are generating one a day? Plus it’s just a fun community to be a part of. Let me know here if you are doing it…I’m considering it, but I’ve got a Computers in Libraries presentation coming up on the 12th and my creative energy might be tapped out working on it.

Wednesday Poetry Prompt

Robert Brewer posts poetry prompts on Wednesdays. I’ve found that this gets me into a practice of writing–even if it’s awful. Today’s prompt is to start a poem with “I think…” Let me know if you make this happen. I’m not publishing my poetry in this blog, but I do have an email list of people who are also writing the prompts if you want to
join
–and you can also post your poem on Brewer’s blog to be part of that community.

Neil Gaiman kicks off a Twitter-based short story

Tomorrow (October 13th) at noon Eastern, Neil Gaiman is going to tweet the first line of a new story, which will then be continued by fans. I cannot imagine how this will be compiled, but BBC Audio is claiming that it will then be recorded and available for download.

How on earth anyone will make sense of a cacophony of thousands, I do not know. They plan to stop 1000 tweets–but I think the response will be much greater–Gaiman has more than 1.2 Million followers on Twitter. I missed the inspirational Twitter Opera event entirely, but I’m fascinated by the idea of a crowd-sourced story. You can follow the excitement (or contribute to it) by searching for the #bbcawdio hashtag on Twitter or using this search. The format for contributing is @BBCAA Your Tweet Here #bbcawdio.

More on LISNews and Publishers Weekly.

Considering NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month preparations are beginning in earnest, with the Twitter tag in place (#nanowrimo) and warm-ups being suggested already:

@terrimain@terrimain #nanowrimo warmup: Set timer for 30 mins. Write a 500 wd story abt something that happened 2 your character 2 yrs b4 the story

Feel tempted? Go ahead and create an account and join the community.

Unfamiliar? NaNoWriMo is a national attempt to write a novel in a month–and month is the month of November. So by November 30th at Midnight, the goal will be to have written 50,000 words (about 175 pages). They don’t have to be good. They don’t have to be edited. The idea is just to get it out–write it out without judgment. According to the organization: “the kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Any takers? I’m considering it, if I can get my academic paper submitted to the editor in time. Maybe it will be motivation. Hmm….

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