Many aspiring writers out there have heard about National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo. This is a challenge that requires the participant to write 50,000 word (I think) novel draft during the month of November.
For those who are less coherent with their thoughts—as myself—there is another challenge titled National Blog Posting Month—NaBloPoMo. The beauty of this is the option to begin at the first of any month that’s convenient for you. Therefore, back in July my writer/blogger cousin—also a NaNoWriMo veteran—and I decided to embark on this journey as of Aug 1st. As you can see, it did not happen. Vacations, dog fostering and working two jobs got in the way of my minimal free time preventing me from even attempting to blog weekly.
Yet, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t mentally stumble upon a memoir-appropriate memory or tale, so I decided to start at the beginning of the book-writing process:
I am requiring myself to blog everyday. It doesn’t have to be a long, important or even coherent entry… it just has to make it from my fingertips to the screen.
Some of the entries may show up here; some may show up on my travel blog; and then others you may never even see—yes, I do have more outlets and I do write under pseudonyms. The purpose of this is not necessarily to share with the world (or the few people who actually read this), but to take the step of actively pursuing my own goals and ambitions. I am teaching myself to both come up with something interesting—I hope—and putting something on paper… everyday!
It’s ironic that I do this considering my job—which requires me to spend 8-9 hours in front of a computer writing and editing. But as someone recently said to me: “As I’m sure you already know, inspiration for good writing can come at any time, in any form.”
So here is entry #1… stayed tuned for more to come.
Oh, and I am also leaping out of my comfort zone here and submitting everything as a draft. I am not allowing myself to reread, edit and format for hours, as can sometimes happen. (Considering I can’t even send a text with a type-o, this is going to be difficult!)