I have never been a day to day writer. I have fits of passion followed by stretches of silence when it comes to writing. Even when I participate in NaNoWriMo, I fail to write daily. I’m more of a sprinter, and I usually save it for weekends.
When I was in college, writing was my stress reliever. It was my favorite form of procrastination too. Sometimes, my stress reliever became a stress inducer as well because I became lost in the stories in my head instead of the reality that there were exams and homework assignments to finish.
I haven’t written much since my college days.
I find it extremely sad. 2013 was the first year I lost after starting in 2010 or 2011, and in 2014 I didn’t even participate. I can’t say that I’m surprised really. I was working then, and my new job was stressful and took a lot of my time.
I’m laid off now and wondering where I’ll be working now. Job hunting is no fun. It’s pretty darn stressful too.
On top of that, my 10 year high school reunion is next year. I don’t know how so much time has passed me by, but it feels like I haven’t accomplished anything. I feel like I’m still that kid in high school trying to figure out where I fit in into the greater scheme of things. I guess it’s no surprise that that’s a major theme in my current novel (that I’ve been editing and rewriting since high school no less).
So I signed up for Camp NaNo. I pledged to write 10,000 words, and though I chose the category of novel I really have other projects too. Maybe I should go change it to other. I really want to get in the habit of writing again. I want to participate in writing contests like Brigit’s Flame again. I want to create a schedule of posting here. I want to participate in writing and community building.
I started this blog in an attempt to find readers and writers and people to connect to. And I will write and hopefully those moments of silence and not writing will become smaller and smaller. Perhaps one day I will write every day. Perhaps one day I can call Project NOPE finished. It’d be nice to be a published author someday.
But for now, it’s time to just start putting words on the page.
What about you?
What is your favorite blog to follow? Are you working on a writing project? Why did you sign up for a blog?