I’m relieved, in a way, that today is the last day of the NaBloPoMo monthly blogging challenge. I’m thrilled to say that with this last post I have managed to finish it. At the beginning I wasn’t really daunted by the idea of daily blogging because I had been doing that pretty much since I started this blog anyway. But there is a great difference between writing something of quality every day and just putting out a post because I had to. I hold my hands up and admit that due to time constraints and family commitments I did create some posts I was not 100% happy with.
I am my own worst critic anyway. When I am engrossed in watching a favourite tv series I get frustrated by what I term as filler episodes. These to me are episodes that carry a show’s umbrella and are bred in the same stable but don’t have quite the hallmarks of quality I would expect or am used to from that programme. The same pedigree. I would still watch them and enjoy them but not quite so much.
Without wanting to sound too pretentious that is how I feel about my writing for the NaBloPoMo challenge. On the whole I am happy with my articles but some could have been tightened and shaped better if they had had more time spent on them or been edited more. I’m not great at editing my work. I am too impatient at wanting to get it out there.
It has been a fabulous experience in terms of reading other people’s work and finding new blogs that I love. I am grateful that I have picked up some new followers too. I don’t take any of them for granted. I know they don’t have to take time to read my work . They are all a blessing and an inspiration.
When I began my blog I stated that it wasn’t my intention to blog every day. This is because there is a lot happening already in my life that I have to make time for. Blogging isn’t a chore. It is a passion and a pleasurous addiction but there have been a couple of times in November it just felt like hard work.
Being insecure and worrying about my stats and views and followers count I will probably still be fairly prolific in posting. It’s a way for me to practise writing as well but I hope to be more balanced and at times discerning in what I publish. I have an idea for a book that I want to be getting on with also in tandem with this and I know if I don’t pursue that soon the muse will leave me and that idea won’t excite me any more.
Whenever I write any work of fiction the characters stay in my mind but it is as if they are on pause at the last scenario I left them in. Some things I write and know are not meant to be longer. For instance I wrote a short story that I was very happy with as a piece of fiction and I felt it stopped there. However a friend of mine wanted to know if there was any more to this piece so for their sake and my own curiosity I tried to extend it. The writing process felt like wading through treacle or quicksand with heavy boots. I struggled to add to it. The parts of this story I have published I am not satisfied with. Indeed I wrote him a last update to it and didn’t bother to include it here. Now I am wondering whether to take the further parts to it I published off my blog.
I suppose I get too caught up in works of fiction. I feel to a certain extent an affinity to some of the characters. That is why I must learn to trust my own judgement to some degree. I never have been good at sitting down and planning what I am going to write. I don’t like the whole plot outline etc. In time I will probably find it necessary and helpful to make notes if I ever want to have something published or write a book. I usually find the idea or the title or the first line just comes to me and then I am taken along for the ride of writing or typing it up as fast as my fingers can keep up with my brain. I’ve always been like that.
In Conclusion, NaBloPoMo has been great. It has made me show an element of discipline to my writing and has been great practice. I have been awed by some of the things others have found to blog about. I was also thrilled to recieve the Versatile Blogger award from Priceless Joy. One day I may get around to understanding how to attach that badge to my blog! My one regret is that I didn’t also have a go at NaNoWriMo also. Perhaps next year. I didn’t feel I could have done it justice this year.
So goodbye to my NaBloPoMo friends, the best of luck for your endeavours and thank you so much for everyone who has taken the time to read my words.
Till next time.
NaBloPoMo…. for the last time.