NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 6 (Free Writing)

By on Apr 6, 2014 in Blog

National Poetry Month on green watercolor background

How are you doing with the NaPoWriMo challenge (writing 30 poems in 30 days)? Are you behind? The weekend can be a great time to catch up. Today’s prompt should help take the pressure off.

  • Do some free writing on a topic that’s been interesting you. Highlight phrases that you like. Write a poem.

So often, we put pressure on ourselves as poets to write the “perfect poem” or to put down only the best words. This exercise should free you up to write without that pressure. It can also be a great way to work out a topic that may be difficult to write about.

If you’d like, share your resulting poem. Please do not paste the poem in the comments, but rather post it elsewhere (such as a blog or Facebook) and share the link.

Please note: Poems posted in the comments are not considered published on Wild Violet.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative third grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.