I have been participating in NaNoWriMo, which, for the uninitiated, is National Novel Writing Month. Except I’m not writing a novel, I am blogging as part of NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Post Month, an offshoot of NaNoWriMo. Apparently, I am what is known as a NaNoRebel – typical! ( I had never heard of NaNo Rebel or NaNoBloPoMo until a couple of Twitter friends [whom I also know in real life] explained the concept to me, so hat tip to @ShaiCoggins and @KamTiger. These ladies have also been my blogging cheer squad, along with @danaesinclair – thank you!). A NaNoRebel prefers to concentrate on writing projects other than novels, for example, screenplays, or non-fiction or blogging*.
The point is that I have been writing again. Constantly. Every day. And then some.
And I have loved every word of it.
And then I wonder why I stopped.
Because it’s something that I have always been good at. I have never had to work at, never had to struggle to voice my thoughts, whether it’s for a personal or professional purpose. I have always found it easy. Photography, on the other hand, and which I have just started, is hard. Running, which I have been doing for a year, is also hard. I am constantly working to improve myself in both these areas because I just don’t have a natural talent.
And maybe that’s the problem. Because writing is easy for me, I take it for granted. I know that I can pick it up anytime and write something decent in more or less one go, without having written anything for months. It’s a gift, true, but it’s one I don’t think I appreciate or honour enough.
So when NaNoWriMo is over, I intend to keep writing. I won’t wait for the motivation to strike; I will write everyday. I will write because I am a writer, and it’s who I am. I am a writer. I write. And will continue to write. There. I’ve said it.
And maybe, just maybe, I will finish the myriad of writing projects that are piling up in my DropBox.
*I decided to resurrect this blog, given it has been starved of TLC for some time. And what a marvelous decision it was. I would never have thought about pointing my domain name here otherwise.