I’ve participated in NaPoWriMo since 2013, writing and publishing one poem a day for every day in the month of April. The exercise is a good one in that it forces me to get something down and share it, especially since I have not been getting to the blog at any other time of the year. Stretching my creative muscles feels good and I love the feedback, including connecting with other writers and writers’ resources.
However, April is a tricky month here. The new school year begins in the first week of the month, which means back to school for my sons and for me. We are getting acclimated to new schedules, establishing new routines, trying to learn new names. I am managing the boys’ seemingly constant stream of school papers while trying to stay on top of my own paperwork. Just anticipating it overwhelms me a bit.
So, in the interest of dealing proactively with my stress, I’ve devised a way to slim down my participation in NaPoWriMo. This year there are five Sundays and five Mondays in April, so I will publish a poem on each of those days, for a total of ten for the month. I hope you’ll read and comment through the month!