As for the rest of you, April can be the cruelest month, particularly in the second week, when the excitement is gone and the hill is steep ( those who heard me refer to that on the podcast should've been expecting this ). But, once you hit that halfway mark ( in less than a week! ), your energy will renew because it's downhill from there.
This challenge teaches you that there is poetry in everything from a cup of black coffee to a leaf on the sidewalk. April is the month most things spring come to life and inspire. And while this April seems a bit crueller with Covid-19 lurking about, nature hasn't changed; in fact, she's gotten more beautiful, particularly in certain places.
Did you know photographers in India are shooting the himalayan mountains for the first time in decades because of the pollution decrease. Venice's famous canals have never been cleaner! Virtual bird watching is officially a thing! But, most importantly, we have time. And time is one of the most important gifts we could ever be given, any grieving family member during this time will confirm that.
In essence, there are so many things to write about that you probably hadn't considered writing about. My personal tip? Read and research. Does it for me never-fails every single time. Anyone who loves knowledge and words will be inspired by something they read and research.
It's a given.
A few more things:
In reference to writing from the scar and not the wound. . .it doesn't apply during NaPo! I posted a quote recently that stressed that you can edit a written page, but not a blank one. If you are feeling inspired or the need to write, WRITE. You can always edit later, once you've gotten it out.
Also, while writing on the day of the challenge is a part of NaPo, so is editing. if you are feeling inspired to write, by gosh, WRITE. You would deny a poem birth because you feel you need to wait until tomorrow to write it? You've very well missed out on an inspired poem once the inspiration passes.
You can always edit and revise the next day. You ARE writing every day, if you write every day—inspired or not. Just because you may write five poems in one day doesn't mean they'll all be posted; however, at least you'll have five poems to review and edit later.
Hang tough, Cadets, you can do this!
If only we could Reading List KICK ASS forum posts . . .