Today’s prompt: Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.
This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged on a daily basis. In April this year, I participated in National Poetry Writing Month; more recently, I turned what started as a couple of Facebook status updates into a series of letters to the days of the week. Also, though it may not be quite the same thing, I’ve spent more time this year writing in my journal; I haven’t been writing in it every day for a while, but, earlier in the year, I often wrote several times a day, depending on what was happening. So, NaBloPoMo isn’t an entirely new experience for me.
What I’m learning from all of this is that I enjoy writing. That’s nothing new either, but it is something that I’ve been re-discovering, especially after the storytelling workshop I participated in back in September. That experience got me thinking about other stories I could tell; when I finally sat down last week to make a list of things I could tell stories about, I ended up with about thirty possible subjects. (The list expanded a few days later, to over sixty.) That’s enough material for a book.
Now I just have to start writing. Fortunately, my plan is for this book to be made up of a series of vignettes or short stories, so the job of writing it should be more manageable than it would be if it were, say, a novel. I expect these daily blog posts to be helpful in that they will get me in the habit of writing every day—which, in turn, should make writing the vignettes a less arduous task.
(8 November 2013)