Are you going to join me next month and see if we can finish 50 000 words during the 30 days of November? I am going to write in Afrikaans and all about my years from my study years up to the last year in South Africa. That would be a stretch from 1965 up to 2008.
NaNo Prep 101 Workshop
Are you getting ready to write with us this November? Whether this is your first time tackling a novel or your fifteenth, our NaNo Prep 101 Workshop is here to help you get ready to reach that 50,000-word goal.
It’s October, which means that National Novel Writing Month is just one month away!
Are you writing a novel with us in November? Let the world know by updating your social media profiles with this participant flair! (We have a square icon image, as well as banners sized for Facebook and Twitter).
You can also announce your project on the brand new NaNoWriMo website! If you haven’t seen it yet, log into nanowrimo.org with your existing username and password (or create a new one if you don’t have an account). You can go to “My NaNoWriMo” > “Projects”, and click the “Announce new project” button at the top.
Bea was impressed with her new sweater. She didn’t want to leave it on for taking a photo. She cuddled it all the way.
It took me two weekends to finish it! I kind of worked day and night. This is the third time I started knitting something for her. The first two are still waiting to be completed. Problem is the cardigans won’t fit anymore.
I decided with this one : come what may, I’m going to finish it! And I did it!
The whole week was Library week or book week. Yesterday the children could go into the hall and pick as many books as they want. They had to bring there well read books to school and change them for once they haven’t read yet. Lots of books came in and many went out again yesterday. They also had a story reading time during lunch break. They called it “stop and read”. some volunteer parents came in every break and read a short story.
Today, the last day of Library week, the students had to dress up as a character from a book. Here are some photos from the Before school children.
The holidays are nearly over and I’ve not done much on my to-do list. This morning I grabbed my sewing machine and in about two and a half hours I completed blocks four, five and six of 2018’s mystery quilt.
Squares and triangles
Four times this block
Four times colored squares, rectangles
Completed each one four time
squares and triangles
Completed square six
I enjoyed sewing these blocks together. There are four of each block. Now I have to wait for the last three blocks before we get the finished picture to complete the quilt top. There is going to be a reveal night end November.
Don’t overdo prepositions, adjectives, and adverbs.
Use action verbs, not “to be” verbs
Help the reader interact with the poem.
Help the reader relate by focusing on particular objects, not generalizing a type of object (whether the object is physical, mental, or spiritual).
Find unusual subject matter — a teapot, a shelf, a wall
Keep a notebook with you at all times so you can write whenever (and wherever) inspiration strikes.
Sometimes it is a scratching secret, wanting out, wanting to be in the world but held back by fear. Either way there is something about the act of sharing with the world, however big or small that world might be, that completes the creative process.
If you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then you don’t need these tips. Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds.
Everyone is very welcome to enter and age is no barrier.
Write any kind of poem that you like, (the below prompt for this month, is merely a suggestion); it can be fun or serious.
Write in any language that pleases you, and note that it certainly doesn’t have to be in English. As this is a joint challenge I, from Scrapydo2, will also post the challenge in Afrikaans on my blog, so if that language suits you better, visit her
Add the A an I Poetry badge if you so wish. (optional)
Publish the poem on your blog before the 27th day of that month adding the tagA and I Poetry Challenge to your post.
Once you publish your blog post, please leave a comment here on this page and also at Amanda’s blog listing the URL link to YOUR poem. [Others can then find their way to your post and we build a supportive community of poets who visit, read and comment on other’s poetry.
**If you don’t post the link to our blogs with your poetry, it is really hard for us to find you and include a link back to your blog, for the next month’s challenge.
Poetry Challenge – May Prompt
*Write a poem using this photograph or one of your own as inspiration.
N.B. If you choose to use your own photo, please post the photo along with the poem.
Formatting – Tools to help you format your poems on your blog, including how to add extra lines in your post without WordPress expunging them on posting, can be found here
Live your poem. When you write, imagine you are a participant in your poem. Look around. See what’s happening. Feel the texture of the sticky pine cone. Feel how difficult it is to pull your fingers apart to type afterwards. Listen to the sounds around you. A robin? A whippoorwill? A Tasmanian devil? Smell your panic. Taste the dryness on your tongue, the thin salt. Activate all your senses. Galway Kinnell once said, “If you’re going to write about a frog, become that frog. Inhabit frogness.”
Don’t think too much, just write it down. Ray Bradbury once said, “Throw yourself off a cliff and build your wings on the way down.” Don’t think too much about what I’m going to write. Let the poem create itself. Discover what you are doing in the process of doing it. It evolves as you put pen to paper.
Incorporate poetry devices
What else can make your poetry shine like the summer sun? Imagery, metaphors, and the symbolism-to name just a few poetry devices-are subtle ways to improve your poetry. By adding rhyme, irony, or tone to your work, you create a phoenix from a dead piece of paper.
Readers enjoy poetry with meaning, that has a beat or an easy flow, and can be secretive but not beyond their understanding. Great poets know exactly how to incorporate the many elements of poetry into their work.
Research the many poetry devices (others include simile, figurative language, synecdoche, allegories, and musical devices) and begin practising with them in your own poetry. Write a poem with a theme you enjoy but base it on irony or a metaphor. Continue to practice each device and work them all into different poems to experience each one’s effect.
You can find many examples and ways to use poetry devices by reading books on the subject or doing a simple search online. Study and learn each device, because you never know when one might work perfectly for what you are trying to write. And by diversifying your abilities, you make yourself a much better writer.
In a nutshell:
Use poetry devices to give your work substance.
Readers enjoy reading poetry with inner meaning or special attributes.
It takes practice, hard work, and dedication to master devices like Symbolism, Imagery, or Rhyme.
Finding out about each poetry device is easy; just search online or at your local bookstore or library.
here is a fun challenge. I hope you will all try it. I’ve never written any poetry myself. I think it is going to be a lot of fun.
A dear blog-friend suggested that we do it together. Read how Amanda explains everything.
I am also going to do this in Afrikaans. So liewe Afrikaanse Ouens laat ons bietjie plesierig wees en digterlik raak.
Writing poetry is something everyone can do, because you can’t really ever get it wrong.
Poetry is just your own thoughts down on paper, so how can that be wrong?
Poetry writing can be a great way to express deep-seated emotions in a constructive way, helping us to process their inner meanings and significance. Then again, your poetry might just be a little bit of fun. Rhyming poetry is an example of this.
I have my reasons for running this challenge. The first poetry challenge I ever joined was hosted by Andrea Heiberg, a teacher friend in Denmark and her colleague in America and involved an Adult and Child poetry writing challenge which you can still find here.
There were around six groups participating, from all over the world. It was a lot of fun to see what each couple came up, with each week, as well as how they improved throughout the course of the challenge. It was definitely a learning experience for all.
Sadly, Andrea Heiberg passed away last year from Cancer and I know that she would have been absolutely thrilled to see me instigating a new Poetry challenge. So, first and foremost, this poetry challenge honours her as a writer. Secondly, because it is fun to write and it builds a community. I hope it will inspire you to join in.
When will the Challenge start?
The Poetry challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers, and will run from March to October in 2018.
You can write in any language, it certainly doesn’t have to be in English.
Ineke will post the challenge in Afrikaans on her blog, so if that language suits you better, visit her here. See instructions on joining below.
How the Poetry Challenge Works
On the first week of each month, Ineke and I will publish a challenge post which asks you to write a poem based on the prompt supplied, or your own idea. We will include links to helpful sites and tips for poetry writing. There will be a poetry prompt for each month that the challenge runs.
Remember, you do not have to use this prompt, at all. The prompt is only there if you feel you want a topic to work from, or you find it hard to come up with an initial idea.
Ineke and I have created the above logo for the Poetry Challenge and you are very welcome to paste this onto your blog post or sidebar, so that others can also find out about the challenge, if you so wish.
Join the Challenge!
The challenge will commence in March and run for six months.
One post and one prompt per month.
Join in for one or all months, as you like.
Sign up by leaving a comment here so we know you are interested in participating.
Ineke and I will post a poetry prompt and writing tips and links, around 1st day of each month. You might need to follow our blogs so that the posts show up in your WP reader.
Using the monthly Poetry prompt supplied, or your own idea, write a post with a poem, either fun or serious.,
Include the Poetry Challenge badge in your post, if you so wish. (optional)
Leave a comment at Ineke’s blog, scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Amanda’s blog, Something to Ponder About, with a link to your blog post on the Poetry challenge post for that month. If you do this, others can find their way to your challenge post and join in the community too.
That is it!
Oh and have fun writing!!
N.B. Ineke and I will post link backs to the blogs who have joined in with the challenge in the poetry challenge post in the following month, so that you can all find each other’s blog posts and build a new poet’s community!!
Here is an initial link that you might find useful if you are looking for rhyming words.