NaBloPoMo – Just as hard as I thought it would be

10 Nov

So, I’ve missed a day…and published some posts I’m not proud of. This challenge may not be for me.

The purpose of my blog is not random daily content, or a web diary, but more a place for vignettes, book reviews, and musings on life. If I have stories to share or a piece I want to write, I’ll post it. Trying to come up with something to post everyday means you guys don’t get my best.

However, this challenge does have its positives. I’m thinking about writing…and practicing writing everyday. Even yesterday I started two different posts, though they never made it to publish. The discipline of this challenge is beneficial and forces me to think about my blog going forward. Whether I want to have some focus or plan or just continue to post as inspiration strikes.

I just picked up Amy Poehler’s book, YES PLEASEHere’s what she has to say about writing:

Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it was.

They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that 

takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They

talk about their “morning ritual” and how they “dress for writing” and the cabin 

in Big Sur where they go to “be alone” —blah blah blah. No one tells the truth 

about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect

and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and 

occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people

that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of sh**.

It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver. 

I couldn’t agree more.

and I love her.

I’m pretty sure we are twins separated at birth…we’re the same age and both blonde, so it must be true.


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4 responses to “NaBloPoMo – Just as hard as I thought it would be

  1. Susan

    November 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Loved this! That quote really made me smile today. And I’d like to encourage you not to give up with NaBloPoMo. I, too, have got behind with posting, but it’s a challenge, not a competition. You can choose to either catch up by posting twice in a day, or you can give yourself a break and just continue from where you are. Whatever you decide, be assured – we’re out here ready to support you. 🙂

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  2. Alison

    November 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I felt the same way – that I don’t want to hit publish for the sake of posting something. BUT, knowing I need to, has made me sit down and write, something I haven’t been doing for a while. So even if there are a few (okay, many) lame posts I wouldn’t usually post, I am happy I did write. As a friend said, maybe it’s a good way to ‘write away the lame’.


    • kathryndean2013

      November 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Yes, so true! Write away the lame – I like that 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by to encourage me!



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