It’s an hour or two until December 1st in my time zone, and I’m here to report my failures and successes at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I set off at the beginning of the month as a NaNo rebel. My goal was to write and revise 30 poems in 30 days.  I failed.

Instead, I wrote and revised 20 poems. Some are awesome, some are awful, and some are awe-inspiring (by my estimation). I’ve never written at such a breakneck pace; I spent countless hours working on this project. Next time, I’m going to count.

So I failed hardcore, but here’s the great news: my writing has improved significantly. I learned to observe closely, experiment with persona, and play with tone. I delved into syntax.

Writing the Life Poetic, Ordinary Genius, and Sin and Syntax were my literary guides in the trenches. I highly recommend all three.