This is not a new concept (it actually started back in 2006), although it is new to me. The idea is brilliantly simple: to post once every day, for the entire month of November. Thirty days, 30 posts. There is no theme or word count requirement, just 30 fresh, new posts in a month.
How hard can that be, you ask? Well, as any writer will tell you, there are days when it is indeed very difficult to sit down and create something.
Personally, I find that there are days when the words just seem to flow out of me; they have to come out, it’s almost like I have no choice. But then there are the days where I want to do anything *but* write; suddenly dusting my light fixtures and trimming the cat’s toenails seems paramount to the continuation of the universe.
I was thinking today about how this push and pull in my writing feels a lot like going for a run, or getting in a good workout at the gym. I love to run, but I can often think of reasons not to throw on my shorts and my shoes; it’s too cold, it’s too windy, I’m too tired, I think I feel an ever-so-slight tickle in my throat, I have too much to get done. Likewise with the gym. I just re-activated my gym membership after putting it on hold for a summer of sporadic running, vacations and general indulgence. I’ve gone for a couple of ease-back-in-to-it workouts, and it’s been a little rough.
That’s because working out – like writing (or really anything else in life) – goes more smoothly with regular practise. So NaBloPoMo couldn’t have come at a better time, as I’m primed to start bench-pressing my pen (or my laptop) with much more regularity. Plus afterwards, I’m always so glad that I did.
I won’t promise perfection, but I will promise that I will write something new and original – however long or brief – every day this month. As always, read at your own risk…and feel free to comment. I’d love to know your thoughts, whatever they may be.