I decided I need a kick in the pants to get my writing back on track. Not just my blog writing but my novel writing as well. Lucky for me, there are two events happening in November, that are just what I need!
National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo)
This event is a month-long event held by BlogHer. It’s a commitment to writing on wonderful sites such as this one. It’s a commitment to posting quality posts on a daily basis, but they can’t be pre-written – they must be written daily. Usually there has been a theme for these posts, but 2012 the theme is “blogging for blogging’s sake”. Personally, my theme is “blogging for event’s sake!” And what better way to show YOU I’m committed to giving you quality, helpful information than by writing here daily for at least one month. The end results will be 30 posts, a newfound desire to write, and more regular posts continuing after November. At least I hope that’s the end result!
Since I believe in the “plan your work / work your plan” philosophy, I have a schedule in place. I am definitely adhering to the “writing daily” policy but I NEED a schedule of ideas/posts. The prompts BlogHer provides don’t necessarily speak to my site topic or blogging style and I wanted to keep in touch with what I offer you. So, I have a full schedule of my topics for November to help me focus and prepare (I do a LOT of research for very post!). But, in case I change my mind or a topic just doesn’t develop, I’m not going to share my full list here (yep, I’m a tease). However, here’s a few things you can look forward to:
- Wild Wednesdays – I’ll posts some great event photos from the Kansas City area or around the country (maybe even the world). The wilder the better, of course! Just a fun escape from my normal posts but still on topic – and it might give YOU ideas on what to offer at your event!
- Fearless Friday Challenges – where you’ll be given a challenge to do over the next week and asked to share your experiences. These challenges will either jumpstart your social media usage or get your out of your comfort zone to try new things. Either way, they’ll work best when you let me know what you did and how it worked over the following week.
- Sunday Statistics – I believe in analytics and reviewing statistics. So, I’ll share mine from this site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Klout and anything else I can find. Week 1 will give us a baseline and each subsequent Sunday will be a comparison on growth (or loss) and what I can do to continue success or repair my failures.
- Standard posts on various social media sites, concepts, tactics and how-tos. Also, I’ll have a recap of my experiences at the Philanthropy Midwest Conference and two posts on special events in November – Thanksgiving and a very personal day (yep – still a tease…).
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Soooo…writing here isn’t enough for me and I feel the need to recommit to at least one of my two novels that’s been brewing for some time. I’m probably nuts because this is a completely different type of writing requiring character arcs, plots, flow, and a specific goal – to fully write a 50,000+ word fictional novel…in one month! For those bad at math, that’s just shy of 2,000 words a day. In addition to the blog post. And a full time job. And that wife and mother stuff I do. Yeah. I’m nuts. And I’ll probably be very tired and hungry by the time December rolls around due to lack of sleep and forgetting to eat.
The hardest part of this writing commitment (I know, because I’ve tried it before) is letting the errors and issues live on through the month. As a perfectionist by nature (especially in writing) it drives me nuts! But, as the NaNoWriMo site says “Even if it’s hard at first, leave ugly prose and poorly written passages on the page to be cleaned up later. Your inner editor will be very grumpy about this, but your inner editor is a nitpicky jerk who foolishly believes that it is possible to write a brilliant first draft if you write it slowly enough.” Feel free to remind me about this from time to time!
Why do I tell you about this commitment? Because I need encouragement from all sides – from everyone I make contact with. Heck, I’ll probably be telling random strangers on the street in the hopes that they’ll tell me I can do it! So, please ask me how it’s going, if I need help with a plot point, if I need character influence or any other question you have in mind!
So – there you have it. My November Commitments. I hope you return daily to check out the latest post, keep me on track and give encouragement on all fronts. I really can use all the help I can get!