The past two Novembers have been spent racing my way to 50,000 words of a novel. The first year I did NaNoWriMo, I loved it and felt invigorated by the challenge, ready to write something bigger than a short story or a blog post. Last year, whilst I came away with the idea and shape of the second novel in the series, I felt my enthusiasm for racing towards 50,000 words waning. In fact, much of the time, it was a struggle. I’ve thought hard about doing NaNoWriMo again this year, but I don’t think I can – I can blame it on wedding planning and all the other commitments in my life, but the simple fact is that for me, NaNoWriMo has served its purpose – to get me to understand I’m capable of writing a novel, and that it will be difficult, but so worth it when I come out at the other end.

This year, I want to do something different. So I’ve signed up to BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo, namely, National Blog Posting Month. To do a post a day, for 30 days. I can’t promise a long blog post every single day, but I can promise lengthy essays on some days, snippets of fiction on others, with nuggets of wisdom, lists and photos on the other days. I will do my best to entertain my readers, and in the process, challenge myself to blog every single day. Even on Sundays. Especially on Mondays, which traditionally is meant to be Monday Night Inspiration.

I’ve done a month long challenge before in October 2011, called 31 Days of Happy Things – which was a challenge, but it helped to mix things up, so that is what I’m doing again. Always have a strategy…

If you’re interested in joining me, you can sign up here – you’ll be on the Blogroll at BlogHer and also The Daily Post is holding a month of writing prompts especially for NaBloPoMo in case you need extra inspiration (well, they always have Daily Prompts anyway).

Blog on, dear friend, blog on…

‘We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.’ – Kurt Vonnegut.

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