NaPoWriMo 2010 has officially begun!
Good luck to all those taking part. Feel free to put a link to your daily efforts in the comments section of this post.
For those of you who feel the need for a writing prompt to get you started, here’s one of my favourites. Bon voyage!
A Journey into Morning.
based on Cleopatra Mathis’s exercise ‘An Emotional Landscape’,
from Behn and Twitchell’s The Practice of Poetry.
- Select a poem from the list below that you don’t know – ideally by a poet you’ve not encountered before. (Or use an audio file from somewhere else – up to you.)
- Click the link – this will take you to another page with an audio recording of the poem. Don’t read, just listen. And a second time.
- Close the window, and write down all the words, phrases and images that you remember from it.
- Spend five to ten minutes freewriting about the things you’ve written down – anything they call to mind, anything that feels related. You’re moving away from the original poem now.
- One more thing – from the time the pen touches paper until the end of your freewriting time you may not stop, edit, correct, erase or scribble out anything: just write.
- Now take what you’ve written and use it to construct a poem about being in a strange city – real or imagined – just before sunrise.
- Go to it!