November is NaNoWriMo, a novel writing program by which participants aim to write a 50,000-word novel between during the month of November. Quantity is valued over quality; the goal is to simply get people to write and have fun, which is, to my mind, a wonderful thing. I've heard of folks using it as an excuse to jump start the novel they'd always wanted to write, using November to kick-start things, and then revising said novel during the months following.
Well, I'm not interested in writing a novel. I don't especially enjoy creative writing, and, quite frankly, doing so would really stress me out, especially trying to do so on top of everything else that I'm doing. (And yes, I'm sure you're all doing a lot more than I am, hold down more jobs, have a longer commute, etc., etc., but I want quality time with my husband every day, eight hours of sleep a night, time to grade papers and plan for my classes, and read for fun, among other things. I don't feel compelled to be doing something "constructive" every minute of the day.)
Last year I stumbled upon NaBloPoMo, a concept similar to NaNoWriMo except that instead of writing a novel, one's task is to blog at least once a day during the month of November. With one or two exceptions, I managed to blog every day last November. Some days were more difficult than others, but I found that I looked for interesting things to write about. The more I wrote, the easier it became. And while I didn't personally use any of the writing prompts found on the NaBloPoMo site, they are offered daily such that if one is having difficulty coming up with a topic to write about on a particular day, one can take advantage of one of the writing prompts.
I do enjoy blogging; there's this mental need I have to write when things bother me; it helps me figure out what I think and what I need to do to process an event or an issue. Once I blog about something, I'm more inclined to actually tell people what's going on, too.
Bring on the this year's NaBloPoMo!