I should have done this post yesterday, but I wanted to talk about Tristan and Nathan White yesterday, and the awesome model I found to portray the twins in pictures. So, I consider yesterday the actual beginning of my challenge since I did produce a post. Today I’m going to tell you guys about the #31Write Now Blog Challenge.
One of my wonderful readers, who also happens to operate as an administrator on my Facebook Group Page, The Block, sent me this challenge (yeah, I’m talking about you Natalie!). My first thought when she sent it to me was, “Now how in the heck does she think I have time to participate in this challenge? I only have a book to finish, an audiobook to promote, a demanding job, a dysfunctional family, and a whole host of other author- and non-author-related crap to do!” However, I thanked Natalie very kindly and enthused how I was going to get on it already, because it was August 1. (I hope Natalie doesn’t mind my using her as a “character” in this post. Well, I won’t share your last name and perhaps not all of Facebookdom will know who the heck you are!).
Afterwards, I read the post from the challenge blogger and one thing she said made me decide this challenge was indeed worth taking. Luvvie said, “I thought I’d run out of things to talk about. Not so. My blog traffic actually doubled in that month, and I was pushed to write nonstop. It also showed me that the more I write, the more folks read.”
I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, and in this era of feast or famine in my writing life, I had to do something to kickstart my flagging mojo. So this exercise, my participation in this effort, is clearly for selfish reasons. As writers, we are advised to write every day. Sometimes I find myself staring a blank screen (and if things are bad, sometimes I’m staring at a blank screen for days on end). I want to break this block I’ve been experiencing, and prime my creative juices, so I can finish my second book. Dammit!
I have a lot of things I can blame for this drought: my health, the accident I had earlier in the year, my job, my family obligations, my inability to write every day due to my other obligations, sophomore-itis, and on and on. However, I’m going to throw down the gauntlet in August and show my jacked up mojo who’s boss. Who’s with me?
To access Luvvie’s challenge go: HERE