And it was at that age, Poetry arrived in search of me
March 27, 2012 11:01 AM Subscribe
I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started?
posted by I am the Walrus to media & arts (12 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Last time I wrote anything, it was for high school and college assignments. The feedback I got was that it was very good. Unfortunately, I didn't stay with it, and now haven't written anything for 15 years.
But I feel the spark inside me still. How do I fan those flames? I dream up poems and stories in my head, but can never seem to get those down on paper. Even if I did get them onto paper, how do I get feedback on them? I'd be too embarrassed to show anything to the people I know. Even in school showing my work to others was nerve wracking. I'm not looking to sell or publish anything, just a personal creative outlet. But if I think it's inferior work, then that won't be satisfying.
So, here's what I'm looking for:
1) How do I get started writing poems and stories again?
2) What can I do now to prepare for NaNoWriMo? What kind of drafts, storyboards, flowcharts, or whatever can I use to establish my characters, my plotline, and my themes and motifs (maybe even snippets of sentances or paragraphs I think sounds good). Are there any tools or best practices for this?
3) Are there any good online writing prompts or writing workshops that I can participate in? Is there a Metafilter group anywhere?