National Poetry Month 2018 – 10/30 (10 pieces in 30 days)

By Writing Knights Press

While there’s nothing wrong with 30/30 challenges for National Poetry Month, we at Writing Knights believe there is more to effective writing than just writing piece after piece (we do not want to discourage you from writing as many pieces as you want for NPM, you do what you do). Writing is also about sharing pieces and editing those pieces to make them better.

Anyone interested can join the new Writing Knights Roundtable group on Facebook and share pieces there (videos are preferred, but shy people can copy/paste their words if they want feedback). URL:

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05-01 to 05-10: Submit your pieces to The Wayward Sword at Subject line: “National Poetry Month 2018”. Depending on how many submissions, they will be included in either the Grand Tournament adjacent release in July 2018 or the Break the Mold collection in May 2018.

04-01: Prompt A: Write a piece equating love and foolishness with the struggle of life and death.

04-02: Prompt B: Write a piece from the point of view of a side character in a story, show, or movie you like, BUT don’t mention any names or the media.

04-03: Prompt C: Write a piece directed at someone you find attractive, but are out of reach for whatever reason (a celebrity, for example), BUT don’t mention any names.

04-04: Share A: with someone you care about.

04-05: Prompt D: Pick a monster and write a piece from their point of view as they interact with the world (brownie points if you make up your own monster).

04-06: Share B: with someone who is also a fan of that story, show or movie.

04-07: Share C: with someone you also find attractive (or a significant other), ask them how the piece makes them feel, take notes.

04-08: Prompt E: Write a parody piece of a well known song/poem. Change it enough to make it unique and/or funny, but keep it similar enough that someone would know the original.

04-09: Edit A: for cliché and over used terms.

04-10: Prompt F: Ask yourself five questions and answer them as thoroughly as possible in 100 words or less.

04-11: Share D: with someone who knows a lot about monsters. Take notes on what they thought.

04-12: Edit B: for stronger hints toward the character without mentioning names.

04-13: Prompt G: Describe someone you know only using poetry terms (example, your nose is the punctuation of the sonnet of your face).

04-14: Edit C: by incorporating the notes into the original piece, turn non-concrete words into something more easily imagined.

04-15: Prompt H: Write a piece where you are purposefully cliché. Go so far down the rabbit hole that the poem comes out the other end as brilliant.

04-16: Share E: with someone who is a fan of the song/poem you parodied. Take notes.

04-17: Edit D: using the notes you took, shape your monster with more concrete imagery. Let your monster run wild.

04-18: Prompt I: Remember a time when you felt vulnerable. Use concrete images to describe these times. Focus especially on how your body reacted, but don’t neglect the world around you and how it acted toward you.

04-19: Share F: with someone who knows you well and ask for their answers to those questions. Take notes.

04-20: Prompt J: Set a timer for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and free type whatever comes into your head for those 10 minutes. Don’t worry about correcting anything spelling wise, just keep going. If you can’t type without looking, do your best to handwrite with your eyes closed. Have many pieces of paper close by or use a bound notebook.

04-21: Edit E: incorporating the notes from your share session, make the parody tighter to the original piece while still holding onto the uniqueness and/or humor.

04-22: Edit F: incorporating the best of both answers into 5 solid stanzas.

04-23: Share G: in the same room as the person the piece is about (if possible) and get their reaction to it. Don’t take notes, instead, remember the feelings they express.

04-24: Share H: with a small group of other writers and take notes on other clichés they offer.

04-25: Edit G: including physical manifestations of the feelings this piece was about.

04-26: Share I: in the mirror to yourself. Don’t take notes, instead observe your own bodily reactions as you share the piece.

04-27: Share J: with other writers and ask for any feedback. Take notes.

04-28: Edit H: incorporating the cliché notes into the original pieces, cutting out some that are less obvious.

04-29: Edit I: by remembering your reactions as you observed them from reading them to yourself in the mirror. Run through the piece and cut out anything that seems clichéd.

04-30: Edit J: by typing the piece, then using the notes the other writers offered. Then incorporate line breaks where you feel they are most appropriate.

Source:: Writing Knights Press