Today’s guest post is written by Amanda M. Socci, who will be featured on this blog for the next 10 months every Friday and in the first post of the month. I was considering how to keep Write Nonfiction NOW!’s sister blog, Write Nonfiction in NOVEMBER! (WNFIN)–aka National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), “alive” all year long as well as giving up my Friday guest posts (0r posts) during 2013 when Amanda approached me with an idea for a 10-month nonfiction training program for writers who want to participate in WNFIN 2013. She proposed publishing this on writenonfictioninnovember.com. I loved the idea! Not only that, it solved both my problems and served my readers–you–if I ran some of the posts here as well. So, I said, “Yes!” (You can find out more about the program here and about Amanda here.) I want to note that as Amanda writes these guest posts, she is actually blogging a book, thus using some of the principles I teach in my book, How to Blog a Book, and on howtoblogabook.com. I hope you will enjoy her posts and follow all of them, not just those you find here on Fridays. I commend Amanda on her initiative and for her great idea! I hope you’ll take her lead, follow (and use) her program and make 2013 a great writing year!
In mid-October 2012, I entered my seventh month of consistent blogging, successfully laying to rest my original misgivings about blogging in the first place. Yes, that’s right—I had been blogging less than a year and was so proud of my accomplishments I decided to up the ante and give myself another challenge.
Personal Blogging Challenges
What if I challenged myself to write and post daily blogs on the subject matter of gratitude during the month of November? Would I be able to write consistently and upload my writing as blog posts?
Daunted by my own challenge of blogging daily for 30 consecutive days, I chose to face my fears and just do it. My efforts culminated in resounding success, times two. I managed to write not one, but two daily gratitude posts. Yes, I know I was crazy and didn’t have to do it. I didn’t have someone breathing down my neck or inspiring me to do it. I was, however, inspired by many people who had sponsored or entered similar writing challenges. November felt like the right time for me to do it. (To continue reading this post, click here.)
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