Monday, November 16, 2009

How Embarrassing!

Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to say you have a blog, but you rarely post anything?

What does a non-blogger, who has a blog, look like? Their skin is creased and wrinkled from holding their head in their hands while moaning, "Alas, alas. What can I possibly write about that would be of interest to others?" A flabby stomach greets them when they finally rise from hours spent in front of a blank computer screen. Vericose veins march their way across the non-bloggers thighs in protest of too little walking. Eyes are dull, just like one's mind. It's a sad state of affairs, I tell you. Either that, or old age!

My postings have been so few, and so far apart, that I'm sure no one reads them but me. But I've found a new sense of discipline this month and I believe I can start posting a couple times a week. Even if I'm the only one who reads them, at least I can be consistent.

My new realization that I can be disciplined about my writing has come from participating in a world-wide event during the month of November. It's called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Or NaNo for shorter. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel during November. That's a lot of words for most of us to reach in that amount of time.

This came at the perfect time for me. I had just come up with the germ of an idea for a new story I wanted to write on my own. I had just become represented by a new agent who I know will require a lot from me. So I signed up. At this point, I've written 27,549 words. I think I'm going to make it!

And as I go through the rest of the month, I'll also blog. They may not be deep and insightful, but as I've found by NaNoing, they just need to be written.


Grace Bridges said...

Good for you! Well done and keep at it! We're all proud of you :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see those ideas just keep bubbling up. Keep going, girl. You're gonna do it!

Robin Johns Grant said...

I have the same ailment! Although I couldn't have accomplished that much on NaNo. That's impressive!

Jen said...

Oh good, you are alive! Trust me, I read your blogs, or should I say I pop over here to see if there is anything new, and to my surprise, 2new postings!! Good Job. And I have been following your writing progress via Facebook, good job on that as well. Talk to you soon, Happy Thanksgiving!