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Poetry Writing Time 2018!

Written on February 1st, 2018 by adminno shouts

It’s that time of year again when poetry madness takes over the brain! That’s right it’s WoPo Time and that means it’s Write Time!

But where to begin? January is often full of left over Christmas and manic exercise binges and the drudgery of trying to catch up with all the work that slipped during the festive period – however it is no longer January, it is February and that means it’s time to switch on the creative brain.

What better way to do this than to take up a writing challenge?

A poetry writing challenge – such as the one we run here at WoPo every February. The rules are simple – try and write or compose or create something poetic each and every day for February. They can be rhyming, free verse, picture forms and songs, they can be a specific form such as sonnet or limerick or a study of form, serious, funny, political…. and so on.

Some people find a theme and roll with that other have to fish around each day to find some new inspiration and this is all find and good and how it should be! Creativity is a muscle – the more you use it the easier it gets so if you are a beginner or have not written anything for a while do not worry overly if you are off to a slow start, you will get there and actually we all have our own preferred methods of working you might just not have found yours yet! And that is part of what WoPo is about – it is about giving you tools to explore the means to write and create yourself, don’t expect to get something amazing straight away or every time just enjoy finding new ways to get that initial spark going.

To help with this there will be exercises and inspiring ideas going up on this blog through out February, along with guest poets explaining why their writing processes and what drew them to poetry.

There is a Facebook Page and Facebook Group – the group is closed so you will have to request to join but this is so that if you want you can post poems for feedback or just to share, the feedback is from the group in general though and not a critique clinic. Also follow twitter handles @TheMonsterBlogs and @Saffy, not to mention the Pinterest Board!

This means it is time to get writing so sharpen those pencils, refill the ink and top up your charge, grab a beverage of choice and get writing and remember – when in despair that February is a short month even on a leap year!

Now what are you waiting for there is an archive of exercises to get going with!

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It’s The Write Time!

Written on February 1st, 2017 by adminno shouts

Today is the first of February which can mean only one thing! That’s right it is poetry writing time :)

Though we here at WoPo put out writing stimuli and exercises to get the old muse going, through out the year, February is the month we run our very own poem a day challenge.

The facebook page is here and the twitters @TheMonsterBlogs and @Saffy will have tips and hints and beautiful images to help you write. There is also a Pinterest Board full of beautiful imagery and quotes to help inspire you to write.

The hashtag is #wopo and don’t forget the archive for useful writing resources.

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We Shall Begin

Written on January 31st, 2015 by adminno shouts

February is the month in which we here at WoPo run a poetry writing challenge. So for the next month there will be daily posts including writing exercises and guest bloggers and maybe a give away or two.

But why take part?

Sometimes it can be hard to carve yourself out a writing space or time, and sometimes without practice ideas either start to crowd the brain or disappear altogether. Writing challenges in general help you to develop a writing method. If this is your first such challenge then you may need to tweak it slightly to suit but keep with it!

Poem a day writing challenges can be extremely productive. You can follow the exercises posted here or just set yourself a certain amount of time to sit and just write – do not worry overly about the quality of the poem or piece of writing. You may not like what you are writing, think it is cheesy or too dramatic – write it anyway and then put it away for six weeks, maybe even make a box to post your poems in so you can’t go back and look at them.

You may find later on that the work is not as bad as you thought it was and a bit of editing will have it all ship shape and ready to go!

Perhaps you’ll need to merge poems or split them up into two or three separate pieces or just delete 2/3rds of what you have got.

What ever happens you will end up with more poems than you started with :)

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NO Fools

Written on April 1st, 2014 by adminno shouts

It is the first of April and that can mean only one thing! It is time for a poem a day challenge, so hopefully you are all recovered from February. And no this is no April Fools, go and check out NaPoWriMo were there will be give aways and poetry prompts all month.

Here at WoPo we will continue with the lots of writing inspiration and have some lovely guest poets coming up.

For those local to Cheltenham UK there is the wonderful Cheltenham Poetry Society which runs until the 6th.

Time to get writing – go on shoo.

And it’s All Over!

Written on February 28th, 2014 by adminno shouts

That is it peeps! Well done to all those who have taken part. Thank you to the guest bloggers for your inspiring words and to those who gave books for the give aways.

But the end is never the end, for some there is the editing to come, for others submissions or blogging about what they have achieved but all should take note that they can write and should write. It is supposed to be good for the soul

Keep writing, hopefully the challenge has helped set up some sort of writing routine for you.

And to celebrate do not forget your web-badge of completion!

For those of you who have the poetry bug the next Poem a Day challenge is in April for NaPoWriMo, we will also be posting general exercises and tips for you through out the rest of the year – good luck and keep writing!

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That Time of Year Again!

Written on February 1st, 2014 by admin16 shouts

It is the first day of February and that can mean but one thing! That is right – it is poetry writing time!

The challenge is to write a poem a day for the whole of February (hint even in a leap year that is only 29 days so chillax).

To sign up just leave a comment below on this post.

Each day there will be an exercise or inspirational post to help get the creative juices flowing. If you wish you may put your poems in the comment fields of the posts or a link to your own blog or website with the poem on. However if you are planning to submit the poems to publishing companies and competitions do not post them. You retain copy right over any poems you have written that are posted on this site.

There will also be web badges and give aways during the month.

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Goodbye NaPoWriMo

Written on April 30th, 2013 by adminno shouts

It is the end of yet another poem a day challenge – April’s National Poetry Writing Month. Hopefully you have collected quiet a few first drafts and that the resources here have been helpful.

Put those poems away for a bit now – maybe get out the ones you did at the beginning of the year and begin to look through these older poems. Once you have forgotten what it is you’ve written you can read the poem with fresh eyes – a poem that seemed awful is a goodun and a precious piece is seen as the tripe it actually is.

Now it is editing time.

Regular writing exercises and tutorials on form plus guest bloggers will be appearing on this site too help you.

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How the Sound

Written on April 26th, 2013 by adminno shouts

The sounds of words are very important in poetry, oo, ah, sssssss and so on. Think about the sounds that actually make up our language, pretend you teaching a small child how to spell and give the letters their sound not their name.

Now pick some sounds and work with them, make them harsher than normal, alter how loud or soft they are, how long you draw the sound out for.

Now put several sounds together, how do they fit?

Can you get the sounds to express a mood?

Play around with this and you are verging on the world of Tonal Poems were the sound is the main facture.

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Fooling Around with Poetry

Written on April 1st, 2013 by adminno shouts

It is April the first and that can mean only one thing… no not the silly practical jokes and false status updates on Facebook but rather the start of the years third Poem A Day challenge NaPoWriMo. This was the first of the Poem A Challenges and as such has a special place in the hearts of us here at team WoPo.

The website has some fantastic stuff on it so check it out. Here on WoPo we will have daily writing challenges and guest bloggers plus general poetry how to.

The challenge for those who are new, is too write a poem a day for 30 days – the whole of April. It was modeled on the novel writing challenge NaNoWriMo.

To get you all started why not use April Fools Day as inspiration. Think about the silly playground pranks and how they sometimes go wrong, make a list of ten jokes and their consequences. Now write a stanza for each bullet point. The poem may want to grow using just one of the jokes – let it. This is the bones of a poem. Let it sit a while and come back to it on a later date. Do not worry about pinning it down into a specific form or rigid structure at this point – that will come with the editing.

Now get writing!

Winners of the Monster Game Card Pack

Written on March 7th, 2013 by adminno shouts

Here at team WoPo we have been having some relaxing time, recharding our poetic batteries by going for walks and listening to music and collecting ideas. Hopefully we will be ready and waiting with a brain full of brimming ideas for Aprils NaPoWriMo. We have some lovely guest bloggers lined up to inspire you through another months of poetry madness.

But before we get too excited lets not forget to announce some winners!

Charlee Brown and Len Pym are the happy winners of card packs and they will be with them shortly :)

Winners of the second competition will be announced next week. Until then KEEP WRITING – if you are stuck try out the writing exercises on here or check out Three Word Wednesday.

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