To me, November looks a lot like January. All over the web, people are gearing up to accomplish some big goals. Interested in writing a novel? There’s NaNoWriMo. Maybe you don’t want to write a novel but want to post more often on your blog. There’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). There’s even PiBoldMo for those who wants to work on picture books.
This year I decided to join NaBloPoMo and write a blog post everyday. I might have mistakenly thought that writing a daily post was easier than trying to write a novel. After four years of blogging, I can’t believe I was so wrong. Blogging has always been an easy thing for me since I’ve never really worried about stats or how many advanced reading copies I receive from publishers. That attitude has helped me to keep pressure off of myself and enjoy blogging.
Now by pledging to post every day, I’ve added pressure to myself but in a good way. Instead of posting whenever, I have to come up with things beforehand. I’m less than a week in and I’m finding this pretty hard because it sometimes take me days just to write a review. Now I just put my kitchen timer on and write my initial thoughts, editing only after the timer goes off. This is becoming one more lesson on focus.
It’s raining in Southern California so I plan on snuggling up with a few good non-fiction reads like Margaret Atwood’s In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Steve Perry’s Push Has Come, and Martha Beck’s upcoming Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.
Are there any events that you’re participating in this month? What are you reading today?