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Camp Care Package: Find the poetry in your pen.

Your daily Camp Care Package is brought to you in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Poet Amanda Lovelace brings us this week's Camp Care Packages:

Experiencing a bout of writer’s block? All poets (and artists of every kind!) get stuck every once in a while, even the greats. Whenever my inspiration well runs dry, I take a step back from writing about my own life experiences and try to find inspiration elsewhere.

Don’t forget: Poetry can be about anything, and you can find poetic beauty in every kind of writing. Instead of writing from your own perspective, try writing a poem or passage from the point of view of someone—or something—else. Your creative juices will be flowing in no time.

Are you working on poetry for Camp? Share your thoughts with Amanda, or thank her for today's #CampCarePackage!

Camp Goings-On

  • Don't forget that you can change your goal. Your Camp NaNoWriMo goal should be working for you, not the other way around. If you're feeling discouraged by a seemingly unreachable goal, it's ok to make it more manageable. Just click on the wrench above your novel title to edit your goal.
  • Feeling inspired? Celebrate your accomplishments or give yourself that extra incentive by getting a Storysquatch shirt or Camp Creatures mug.

Today's Writing Challenge

Write in a form or style that you don't normally work in. If you're working on a novel, write a song or a poem from one character's perspective and have them sing or recite it to another character. Sketch out a scene of your non-fiction or memoir in comic book or graphic novel style. Or, if you're writing poetry, try a format you've never done before: maybe a sestina or an acrostic.

Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace is the winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry with her debut collection, the princess saves herself in this one. She has been a poet for fifteen years. Currently she lives alongside her poet fiancé in a very small town in New Jersey known for its open mic scene. As you can see, poetry is her life, and she wants nothing more than to inspire others to begin their own journey into this enchanted world.

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