#MicroPoetry Contest Round 2!

Below is our nest round of voting for the #Micropoetry Contest. Vote for your favorite of each pair. The winner of each will advance to the final round. Voting for this round will be open until May 6.

NAPOWRIMO Day #29

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem about your worst fear.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

NAPOWRIMO Day #28

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem about your favorite food.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

Writing and Criticism by Natalie

There’s something about having a creative mind that makes you extra vulnerable to the mini demon in everyone: criticism. If you’ve ever written anything and felt the need to hide it from people, or even embarrassed to read it to anyone, then you’re probably feeling hesitation from being criticized in the past or the fear of it happening at all. I hear this a lot from my friends that they are “afraid no one will like it” or “don’t know what people will think of it.” This comes from close friends of mine, and they’re still shy about their writing, drawings, or anything creative for that matter. The type of criticism they are afraid of is NOT constructive criticism, it’s the kind that degrades their self-esteem and creative attitude towards their writing.

A simple story I like to give back to them when I get such responses is the one that tells the tale of a man named Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss). His books are known worldwide, and he is considered to be one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. However, not many people know that his very first book was rejected 20+ times by several publishers. Can you imagine how disappointed you’d be by getting rejected by a publisher just once? It’s pretty amazing how much courage and determination he had, isn’t it? I like to think of this story whenever I am being too harsh on myself with anything I write. This is just one of a few inspiring situations that I like to remind myself of in those times.

Whether you are self-criticizing because you are comparing yourself to other authors, afraid of the criticism, or don’t want any more of it, it’s important to understand that criticism can also build you up to be stronger and perhaps even a better writer. It’s a bit like reverse psychology if you think about it. Someone telling you “oh you’ll never be good” or “is that really your best work?” is an open invitation to prove all the “haters” wrong! Of course, you should be happy with your own work, but it’s nice to keep that one in mind.

No matter what type of attitude you have towards your writing, you should always keep in mind that criticism is part of a creator’s world. As long as you are satisfied with your work and are improving yourself at a pace you are comfortable with, then you are doing absolutely perfect. Don’t let anyone’s words stop you from pursuing the passions that make YOU happy.  I think most of CWC can agree with me on this, and we will support you and be waiting to receive copies of your New York Times Bestseller in the future!

NAPOWRIMO Day #27

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem starting with “She never looked like that”.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

NAPOWRIMO Day #26

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem including the words ‘favorite’ and ‘electric’.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

NAPOWRIMO Day #25

Today’s prompt:

Write a monorhyme describing a spring day.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

NAPOWRIMO Day #24

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem about the evening.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

NAPOWRIMO Day #23

Today’s prompt:

Write a poem about morning time.

Post your poem to comments!

Reminders
Please read the NaPoWriMo page for details on how the challenge works, how to comment,  and how you can participate this month, no matter what your personal writing challenge is for the month of April. Remember that work shared this month is shared in precisely that spirit: sharing, as opposed to critiquing.

#Micropoetry Contest

Below is our first round of voting for the #Micropoetry contest. Vote for your favorite of each pair. The winner of each will advance to the next round. Voting for this round will be open until April 28.

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