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Ridding Yourself of Writer’s Block

Posted by on 7th Nov 2008 | 2 comments

Writer’s block is the nemesis of every writer–whether you blog or not. Luckily, it’s November and that means there are a few writing projects you can be part of to help combat any writer’s block you’re struggling with.

In the US November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), and IComLeaveWe (International Comment Leaving Week).

NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. There’s even a young writer’s program for NaNoWriMo. From their web site:

The Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.

The only thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

NaBloPoMo’s challenge is to post every day for a month (including weekends). It originally started as a November thing, but it’s grown to include all months. However, November is still the biggest month for participation.

IComLeaveWe is a push for more people to leave comments at other blogs and respond to comments at their own blog. IComLeaveWe runs from the 21st to the 28th and there are instructions on the IComLeaveWe (International Comment Leaving Week) post.

November is also the US “National Month of” a lot of things. Most of them aren’t official writing projects, but what’s to say they can’t be? Here’s an overview of the topics you can use for your NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo posts.

  • National Play Writing Month (NaPlWriMo) : Wouldn’t it be cool to unfold parts of a play on your blog every day?
  • National Life Writing Month (NaLiWriMo?): Write about your life. What could be easier for a blogger? Isn’t that what most of us started out with? Although Scrap Your Stories is a scrapbooking site, I think the guidelines they suggest are applicable to your blog posts as well if you choose to try NaLiWriMo.
  • NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL — knitgrrl: Knit a sweater and show your progress each day. Hey! You’re productive in two things: knitting a sweater and writing your blog! Sweet.
  • November is National Bread Month and the Perfect Time to Brown Bag It – Newspaper Tree El Paso: Baking bread every day and reporting what works and what doesn’t, what’s tasty and what’s not.
  • It’s not too late! We’re a few days into November, but just jump in. Participation is the important thing. The idea behind all of these projects is to help you create good habits. Set yourself up for success! What are you going to write about?


2 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Valeria | TimelessLe on 7th Nov 2008

    Thank you Melanie for this post. But the thing is that what get's me into writer's block is lack of time. There is so much to write about. There is so much to say. And quality takes time. So there you are standing in a forest of ideas and possibilities, scratching the back of your head with your pen. Choosing is losing time.

  • Posted by Ana_E_T on 7th Nov 2008

    Hi Valeria. as you know to walk and compleate one mile you must do first step then another …so on.

    I am 50 years old I just start writing my book, even thohgt Engleash is not my first laguage it is my third. As I wrot my first sentensis I notised that I am in my 158th one , it takes for me longer to compleat aech one but I will reach my goal to finish my book.

    scratching the back of your head with your pen' write down one or two sentensis.

    Never give up on your whish. Step by step.

    Good luck.