March 21, 2014 by KWills
It’s April, and I’m getting ready to take part in three, simultaneous challenges: National Poetry Writing Month, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the A-Z challenge.
This is not as daunting as it sounds, since all three challenges are linked. I’ll be posting my daily poem as part of the A-Z challenge, alongside a discussion of the particular aspect of poetry that I’m focusing on that day. From alliteration, through minute poetry, to zanila, there’s plenty to choose from. The more tenuous link is between poetry, blogging and novel writing. Where does Camp NaNoWriMo fit into all this?
Right slap in the middle. (See what I did there? With the pictures? ART!) Although poets and novelists are often seen as separate, the fact is that we all strive to become better writers. The principles of poetry can be applied to prose, and the story-telling structure of a novel can be applied to many poems. By making a study of poetry, I can only improve my skills as a novelist. At least, that’s the plan.
If pressed, I would describe myself as a novelist rather than a poet – although I normally just call myself a writer. My imagination tends to think in terms of stories, rather than patterns of words. However, I do enjoy the sound of a well-turned sentence, and often lament the bland quality of my own writing. A month of poetry may well be exactly what I need to take my nebulous story ideas and turn them into words that can capture the imaginations of my readers.