“Match” and writing challenges

31 Oct
Caught fish in a boat.

“In fisher talk, haul in a bumper catch”


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


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.


Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Poetry Friday, Writing


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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.


  2. Tabatha

    November 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

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


  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!


  4. jama

    November 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Good luck with the challenge this month!


    • 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.


  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. =)


    • 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!


  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!”


    • 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!


  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.


    • 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!


  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!!


  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!


  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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