NaPoWriMo – The Day After

I suppose it is time to acknowledge the end of my first time participating in National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)! I am SO HAPPY I decided to take this challenge on and write 30 poems in 30 days (I can’t believe I actually kept up with it!). I definitely had difficulty posting poems every day, especially when I felt they were really rough drafts. However, the challenge forced me not to overthink and overedit my poems, but rather just let the words be and open myself up more.  I have never written so regularly in my life, and perhaps because of that, for the first time I felt like a legit writer. I am forever grateful for all of the other writers I connected with over the course of this challenge. Although the daily prompts got me writing, the community kept me going. You all inspired me with your creativity and general awesomeness. Thank you so much for all the support, encouragement, and kind words!

Soo now I am not sure what to do next or what to write without prompts guiding me haha. I have a few loose ideas in my head on a series of poems I want to do, but nothing solid yet. What goals do you all have next for your writing? How will you stay inspired and accountable? What did you think of NaPoWriMo 2018?

For now, I figured I’d do a bit of a highlights reel, so here are my top five ‘most-liked’ poems from NaPoWriMo:

NaPoWriMo – Day 30 (Fascinating Fact) 

NaPoWriMo – Day 22 (Impossible)

NaPoWriMo – Day 7 (Identity) 

NaPoWriMo – Day 4 (Abstract)

NaPoWriMo – Day 1 (Shame)

I’d like to honorably mention these because I feel like the prompts got me most out of my comfort zone, which is fun:

NaPoWriMo – Day 29 (Plath)

NaPoWriMo – Day 19 (Erasure)

NaPoWriMo – Day 12 (Haibun)

NaPoWriMo – Day 6 (Line Breaks)

NaPoWriMo – Day 3 (List Poem)

Lastly, I want to highlight some of the blogs I followed during NaPoWriMo:

Rhyme and Reason

Ramblings of a Writer 

Madame Writer

Bartholomew Barker, Poet

Jo Christiane Ledakis

Toby’s Big Oul Blog 

Elizabeth Boquet



V.J. Knutson 


11 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – The Day After

  1. Congrats! It was my first, too, and I believe that my writing improved tremendously over the month. I want to keep it up! I’m going to start with prompts from years past, and see how far that gets me. Shall we hold each other accountable?

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    1. Congrats to you too! Ooh I love the idea of using past prompts and holding each other accountable! I want to post at least 3x a week. You’ve got my follow!


  2. I’m happy you took the challenge, too! Thanks for the shout out. AS for new projects, not sure where my writing will lead me — but I’m writing like crazzzzy and, like the song, I FEEL GOOD. Write on!

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  3. It was my girst napowrimo too. l’m amazed I did a poem every day. Even if it took toll 4 am. It gave a feeling of invincibility. Now I’m going to continue on an easy rhythm. Enjoyed your poetry! Let’s keep posting! Best wishes!

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  4. Haha yeah I definitely had some late nights with the challenge. Trying to get back into the routine of writing again after taking a break. Here’s to writing!


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