My winning submission for the BlogHer Voice of The Year 2013 was born of a writing prompt. It was a topic that I would have never written of, since I didn't consider it my strength - so I avoided it.
It was a character sketch, and character is something I typically gloss over, because it's hard for me and I don't know how to do it. Translation: painful.
But what beauty is born of overcoming doubt and pain. Especially the beauty of discovering what you have in you. There is so much that we can learn, but if we don't attempt things because of time, planning, no direction, insecurity, lack of support and community, we plod along, staying safe in our safety zone. Moral of the story here, I no longer avoid or fear writing about character, because I learned I can do it.
That's where National Blog Posting Month [NaBloPoMo] where you post on your blog every day in November, can come and burst your writing world open.
To meet new people, join in.
To find community in others visiting your site, join in.
For daily writing prompts every day in November, join in.
For discussion on writing and breaking through to a new level, join in.
Find NaBloPoMo support by following BlogHer on twitter, with tips on trying something new.
To stay the course and find the untapped gems inside of you, join in.
BlogHer has everything you need to help you and encourage you to post every day in November. Whether you're a steady blogger looking to improve your craft, or you're a new blogger searching for community, or someone who's decided it's time to dust off the old blog and reconnect to why you began a blog years ago. Fill in four blanks here and get your blog up on the NaBloPoMo blogroll.
Read everything here for your questions, but read it by November 5, that's the deadline to be part of the BlogHer community blogroll.
Nothing to lose, so much to gain.
Excited? Nervous? Does this feel like it's something you're not sure you can do? Me too. Exactly like the writing prompt that evolved into my BlogHer Voice of The Year submission. Join in, find the undiscovered treasures just waiting to see the light of day. Let's see what we unearth by writing for 30 days in November.
Maybe next year's BlogHer VOTY?
*Find all National Blog Posting Month information here.