Summing up NaPoWriMo

As the end of April finally arrives, it’s possible to look back at the frustrations and benefits of NaPoWriMo. Frustrations because the ‘one poem a day’ challenge proved, for me, a bit counter-productive at times. There were too many days when I just churned out something in a hurry and got no real benefit from it, and I suspect quite a few of the poems will just get quietly ditched in the end. But benefits there certainly were, too – I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the poems did bear looking at when returned to a few days later. Some have already been modified, and several will be worked on at more length after a decent interval for reflection. I certainly have more usable material at the end of the month than I ever would have without NaPoWriMo. I’m glad it’s over, though! Not sure if I’d do it again.

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