November is a big month for writers — you’ve probably read about NaNoWriMo, which kicked off yesterday.
Not interested in writing a lengthy book, but looking for a challenge that’ll push you as a blogger? I will be alternating writing posts here and on my more Catholic blog, joy of nine9
National Blog Posting Month, which also starts now: one post a day, however short or long, every day in November. The topic is up to you, as is the format — longform, photo essay, haiku, webcomic, or quick musings; they’re all fair game.
About 18 months ago, when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write, I froze. I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into thin air was a sterile exercise in futility for me. I could not translate the same creative energy that I experienced telling a story verbally to the keyboard. My intuitive, imaginative side stayed buried and my logical intellect wrote boring drivel.
Then I started to blog and people started to comment on my writing. They liked my stories. I was shocked. These new online friends helped me gain confidence which it turn helped my writing. The most influential mentor was and still is Isabel. Early on I read that bloggers are supportive and unselfishly helpful, rejoicing in each others success and offering free guidance . Well, I discovered that this statement is true.
I have Joined NaBloPoMo This November since I barely miss a day writing anyway. My first post just missed getting published on Nov. 1 , but they allow a few days for people to join anyway. I have written on all sorts of different topics lately but I want to concentrate on all my untold kid and mummy stories this month This means I will be prodding my kids memories. Last year, my first year I combined BlogHer’s and WordPress’s NaBloPoMo with one run by a health site. I found the daily prompts help me discover stories which would never have seen the light of day without their help.