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“Match” and writing challenges

31 Oct
Caught fish in a boat.

“In fisher talk, haul in a bumper catch”

Match

November is the month for poems to hatch
I hope to incubate a healthy batch

in fisher-talk, haul in a bumper catch
till there’s no room to store them in the hatch.

My problem is, these poems don’t hit me natch
I always seem to need a key or latch

I’ll count on Brewer’s prompts to be my match
igniting poems with pen or pencil scratch

© 2013 –  V. Nesdoly

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Today is the beginning of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Have you ever done it? I did four years ago. Gruelling. But I got a book out of it (the novel I published in June of 2012).

My usual habit for November is to take on a poem-a-day challenge. Today’s poem is the first one I wrote for last year’s November challenge at the Poetic Asides blog, when the prompt was: “Write a matches poem.”

So during November I’ll probably do a daily check of the poetry prompts at Poetic Asides (the Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge). If Robert Brewer’s prompts don’t do anything for me, I have a collection of weekly email prompts from Poets and Writers stashed in a folder in Mail, and then there’s Adele Kenny’s blog with her wealth of prompts, and I have some books… I shouldn’t run out of ideas. Unfortunately though, sometime during the month I’ll still probably fall off the daily wagon.

Do you do anything crazy writing-wise in November?

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by the very lovely Linda Baie at Teacher Dance.

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14 responses to ““Match” and writing challenges

  1. Catherine Johnson

    November 1, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Great poem, Violet! Thanks for all the places to get prompts and good luck with poem a day. I’ll be foing that in January.

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  2. Tabatha

    November 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Good luck, Violet! I hope you get a healthy batch 🙂

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  3. mattforrest

    November 1, 2013 at 5:58 am

    A poem a day – what a fun challenge! I’d love to be able to try doing that myself, as I’m never in wont of subjects but always lacking the time needed!

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  4. jama

    November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Good luck with the challenge this month!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      November 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Jama, Matt, Tabatha and Catherine! In addition to luck, I’ll also need perseverance, self-discipline and a healthy helping of imagination.

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  5. Bridget Magee

    November 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Fun poem, Violet! This November I’m challenging myself to write an “Attitude of Gratitude” post every day on Facebook. I have a lot to be thankful for…like poetry and the Poetry Friday community. =)

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      November 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      What a wonderful challenge, Bridget! A few years ago I joined Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts challenge, where, over time, I amassed a list of 1000 things for which I was/am grateful. I’m sure your November will be rich indeed!

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  6. haitiruth

    November 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    You know, I think your NaNoWriMo poem-a-day challenge might be just the ticket for me this year. Pondering… You’re absolutely right that they don’t hit “natch!”

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      November 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Ruth, when I join a challenge like the Poem-A-Day it takes the preciousness out of writing. I know that lots of the poems I write won’t be great, and probably most will just be first drafts. It feels really good, though, writing something every (or almost every) day!

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  7. Linda Baie

    November 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I love the idea of ‘incubating a healthy batch’, Violet. I have so much going on that I’m not sure how I’ll do. I’m going to Boston to the National Council of English Teachers’ Convention a week before Thanksgiving, so if I need to do Christmas shopping that will need to be mailed, I have to get started! Yikes! I have joined Catherine Johnson’s Facebook Poetry group that I suspect will keep me on my toes, and I have a “batch” of poems that are “simmering” and need some “stirring”. You’ve really started me thinking… Thanks for all, the links, and the fun poem.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      November 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Linda, sounds like your dance care is full! Enjoy all your activities and work on those poems when there’s a lull. And thanks so much for hosting Poetry Friday today!

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  8. maryleehahn

    November 2, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Good luck with the poem-a-day! I’ll probably start up with this challenge in January or February to warm up for April. I agree that you have to take what you get when you write a poem a day, and accept the fact that much is “practice” and only a few shine like gems!!

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  9. Carol

    November 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I so, so, so admire people who commit to the discipline of NaNoWriMo or a poem a day. Last year I did a poem a day in April with Mary Lee. Hard, hard, hard work! Now I sort of wish I had kept going! Looks like you are off to a great start!

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  10. bjleepoet

    November 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I love this, VIolet! and thanks for letting me know about this prompt. I’ll definitely check it out.Good luck with your poem-a-day!

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