Everyone knows that athletes and artists … (And probably a bunch of other groups that I can’t think of right now)… practice a lot. Most practice daily… For hours! And why do they do this? They do it to build muscle memory. In order to be good at what they do, they have to do it over and over and over. Repetition builds muscle memory.
And I think that’s what Nanopoblano is for us. This November challenge each year is a way for us to re-commit to writing by doing it every day for an entire month. And I think, for most of us, the hope is to build muscle memory… To build a habit… To fan the flame that burns inside anyone who wants to write.
Author, Elizabeth Gilbert tells a story in her book BIG MAGIC about an idea that she had for a novel. She had the full story developed in her head. She knew the characters. She had started doing research because it took place in another country. And then she got sidetracked. Her research, characters, plot lines, all ended up on the back burner because she was busy. Then she went to some kind of conference, and she met one of her favorite, authors Ann Patchett. They started talking, and Ann was celebrating her new book. She explained it to Elizabeth. It was almost the exact same story that Elizabeth had intended to write. And that’s when Elizabeth stated that she thinks that the ideas that come to us might just be some kind of a divine spark looking for a host. Ideas stop and visit with us. But if we’re not ready to engage, they move on to somebody else.
I am aware that this has happened to me many times. An idea will come. But if I don’t commit or engage with it in some way… It’s gone. And when I realize that I’ve lost that spark, I always hope that it finds more fertile ground with someone else… A better host!
My hope is that this month of daily blogging makes me a better host. I’m hoping that I have built some muscle memory … That this writing thing might start feeling more like a WANT TO and less like a HAVE TO!
So thank you to Ra Avis for pulling this together every year! Thank you to Bill Friday for helping as well. And thank you to all of my fellow Bloggers … You are all an amazing group of talented, big hearted people that I hope to continue to interact with for a long, long time.
And thank you to anyone who has stopped by and read my posts or any of the other posts by people in this group. Knowing that someone is enjoying something that we wrote really helps add fuel to the fire of writing. We are always, always grateful to have readers like you!
Thanks November! Now on to writing for writing’s sake! Wish me luck!
I’m glad you’re here💜
Barbara at MeMyMagnificentself.com/category/blog/
Bill at BillFriday.com
Charlene at TimeWithCharleneFranklin.life
Christina at EachLittleMystery.com
Cindy at RipplesOfInsight.net
Dinah at WithAngelsAndElephants.com
Hasty at HastyWords.com
J. Gi at JGiFederizo.wordpress.com
Janelle at BreakingMoulds.com
Jules at AberrantCrochet.com
Ka at FiestaEstrellas.com
Kathleen at KathleenHowell.com
Leanne at ReadAndWriteHere.wordpress.com
Linda at LiteBeing.com
Lisa at LisaMarieBlair.com
Lizzie at CatsAndChocolate.com
Lori at LoriStory.wordpress.com
Marley at DailyBastardette.com/
Ocean Bream at OceanBream.wordpress.com
Owen at NoTalentForCertainty.com
Paula at TheTemenosJournal.com
Ra at Rarasaur.com
Renee at ThisDeadHorse.wordpress.com/
Revis at RevisEdgewater.wordpress.com
TwinDaddy at TwinDaddyBlog.wordpress.com
Quixie at QuixiesMindPalace.wordpress.com
****This post is part of the 2022 Nanopoblano November writing challenge. We commit to writing a blog post every day if it all possible and to supporting each other in our writing endeavors. All of my cheer pepper friends would appreciate your support. You can find all of their blogs HERE: