Perhaps you've already heard about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you write a novel in a month while tracking your progress, and getting support from other writers who are doing the same thing. I am very enthusiastic about reading, though not so much for novel-writing, but I do love this idea.
BlogHer (a group blog/online community/annual blogging conference for women) does something a little different, NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). Now this, I can use. Whether you're part of the LostGirls troupe, a supporter who wonders when the hell the next post is going to be up, or a first-timer who has no idea what you've stumbled upon, you've doubtless noticed that I've failed in my posting duties the past few months. Maybe not every single day, but certainly the majority of them.
Now that I have adjusted to my new job (though it will continue to have a fluctuating schedule), I think NaBloPoMo (at least the bare concept) will be a good reboot. So I am going to attempt to post something every single day this month.
When this was my only job, writing for one of the LostGirls' blogs every day wasn't so difficult. I was also new to the DC Metro Area and not having a social life really helped. However, there are a lot of people out there managing all of this while still keeping their writing muscles healthy. I'd like to be a little more like them. So here's what's what:
I truly believe that writer's block comes from trying to focus on one thing, when you want (and often need) to write about something else. Trying to force your creativity to be organized is a bit silly, but many of us keep attempting it. I will, obviously, have to be somewhat organized to do one post a day, but I'm laying it out right here that I am going to write about whatever strikes me. You've so been warned. On some days I will write a long post, on some days I'll write a sentence. But I will, of course, try to make whatever I write worth your time. Some strange part of me is even kind of looking forward to my stuck days, when I can check out BlogHer's NaBloPoMo writing prompts to see if they help me get unstuck.
I will not be sending my daily posts to the BlogHer site for all of this (NaBloPoMo Soup), but I encourage you to go on over there and take a look at what the BlogHer community is up to. I know this is getting away from the original concept of LostGirls and hope you won't feel like you're having to suffer through a phase - feel free to let me or anyone else here know if there is something you'd like to see on any of the blogs. And if there is anyone out there who wants to try this out, give me a heads up so I can track your daily posts and lend my own support!