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NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

Categories: General, Personal Updates, Poetry Challenge 2008, Poetry News, Poetry Prompts, Poets.

Okay, we’re getting closer to November, which for some writers of fiction means it’s getting closer to NaNoWriMo time. (Btw, NaNoWriMo translates into National Novel Writing Month.) There are would be novelists lining up to attempt writing 50,000 words or more during the month of November. There’s even a NaNoWriMo website you can visit to check out this phenomenon at www.nanowrimo.org.

Anyway, that’s all fine and good for those who write fiction. But what are the poets who don’t write fiction supposed to do during November? After all, their fiction writing pals are all busy cramming 50,000 words into their laptops and hard drives.

I’m thinking it might be a neat idea to try writing a poem a day in November with the view of trying to have the makings of a chapbook heading into December. If there’s enough interest, I would challenge myself and others to write a poem-a-day (as we did in April). I’ll provide a prompt-a-day as well to try and help get the poetic juices flowing each day, but you can decide to follow or ignore the prompt as you see fit. After all, our main goal would be to have 30ish poems at the end of the month that you can then try turning into a chapbook submission (or heck, I guess you could self-publish, if that’s the route you want to take).

I can tell you now that I won’t have the time to highlight poems (as I did in April). But if there’s enough interest, I will definitely work to do the prompt and poem each day. So, if you’re interested in taking part in such a challenge with me, please let me know in the comments below this post.

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23 Responses to NaNoWriMo for Poets? PAD Challenge for November?

  1. sharonbakar says:

    I’d love to give this a go too.

  2. UKCynthiaR says:

    Yes, Robert, I’d love to be involved…count me in! I find working to prompts of whatever sort really useful.

    I know others who are interested as well (because they told me about it) so I expect they will come along and throw their quills in the ring as well.

    Thank you!

  3. kate says:

    I was thinking about doing a poem a day for Nov, but it will be much more fun with your prompts Robert, and everyone’s company. Count me in!

    Fingers crossed my computer hangs in for the month.

    Best wishes

  4. Alfred J Bruey says:

    Yes, I’d like to see the Poem-a-day challenge again. I made it all the way through in April.

    Best wishes,

  5. Miguel de Matos says:

    My first PAD challenge! Yes! Count me in! I will try my best to get one in every day.

  6. Connie says:

    I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo but I’m in since I try to write a poem a day anyway. They might all be haiku though.

  7. Carla Cherry says:

    Hey Robert, I’m in, brother! See you in "class"!


  8. Bruce Niedt says:

    I’m certainly willing to give it a try. Robert’s prompts really kept me going through April. I’ve already submitted a chapbook manuscript to a couple of contests, but it would be good to generate some new material and see where it leads.

  9. Whitney says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a bit and have loved coming to it each day.
    So, thank you for it.

    I think a poem a day sounds like a wonderful idea. I am most certainly in.

  10. Rachel Clark says:

    That’s an awesome idea!!!!! Bring it on!

  11. Gizele Griffiths says:


    I’m new to your site and would love the challenge of a poem a day, with a prompt of course, just in case my brain goes on holiday.


  12. Nancy Posey says:

    That’s a great idea. I also have information from a friend who has a publishing imprint–not a vanity press but a great chapbook option.

  13. Earl Parsons says:

    I’m in. Let’s get it rolling.

  14. S.E.Ingraham says:

    Yes, yes, yes – even though I will be away for a week in November – my other daughter is getting married in the Dominican Republic (I know – oh poor me), I am trying to get a chapbook together for a competition and this might work nicely with that… Chapbook competitions don’t seem quite as concerned with where-else you’ve posted or published, as other competitions, I hope I’m not misinterpreting their guidelines, but that’s what I’m gathering. Anyhow, count me in. Sharon I.

  15. Sounds like a great plan; I wonder if I will have time to write a poem a day in November and 50,000 words for a novel, plus my full time job and book reviews. Hmmm…that may be a bit much. :)

  16. Sally Jadlow says:

    YES! Count me in! I love your prompts. It’s interesting to see the different poems that come from your prompts in our small critique group.

    Sally J.

  17. I’d love to participate, too. How exciting!!

    Something I wish we could do is type in a name and then get all that person’s poems to pop up together. Plausable?

    Laurie K.

  18. Steve LaVoie says:

    I apologize for posting again but I just had a great idea that some others here might want to consider. Since I don’t have any publishing credits yet I just thought that maybe once November is over with I could just print about 20 copies or so of the chapbook and then just give them to family and friends as Christmas presents. I figured it would be a good idea since I can probably have the book printed mid-December, and with my lack of publishing credits and never knowing what my friends and family want it just seems like the perfect way to go.

  19. Steve LaVoie says:

    I want in too. I probably wont be able to do one every single day because of my schedule but I am going to try to at least have around 25 by the end of November.

  20. Iain D. Kemp says:

    Sounds like a plan to me. I’m in the process of working on some submissions so I’m in the mood.


  21. Margaret says:

    Oh, count me in, too {waves hand}.

  22. Michelle H. says:

    Robert – I would love to do a PAD Challenge in November!! Count me in! – Michelle

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