We’re four days in to another NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), and I’m already two poems behind. But after successfully writing 30 poems in November for the first time, I have faith that I can do it again. If you’re interested in doing it, too, check out the official NaPoWriMo blog for prompts and news. And if you want a little inspiration, or to participate in National Poetry Month without actually writing poetry, you can sign up for daily poems at poets.org. I’ve signed up for them because I don’t read nearly enough poetry, which is why writing it continues to be a challenge.
So, that’s part one of my plan for that vast open-ness that was once April. Part two is to continue working on short stories. Right now I’m working on a Rumplestiltskin retelling, but I have about half a dozen short story ideas that have been gathering dust in my brain for over a year now. I think I’m going to commit to them for a while, although writing short stories is even a bigger challenge to me than writing poetry. But I’m a little novel’d out at the moment.
Plus, I want to save all my novel-ing energy for continuing to submit my novel, which is part three of my writing plan for the future. I got some helpful critiques from my writers group via a webcam meeting last Friday and will send the package out to another agency this week. Another highlight from that meeting: one of our members has found a publisher for her werewolf novel set on Isle Royale. I can’t wait to post pics from the book release party!