You know that saying “if you want to get something done, ask a busy person”? It applies to writing and blogging, too, at least for me.
Busy bloggers write more.
That’s what I’ve learned from two blogging experiences this year.
I’ve had a spotty year in terms of daily blogging. I did a decent job of showing up regularly in January, May and November, but in the other nine months of the past year, I posted only 20 times, which is less than once a week.
Previous to 2016, I was a blogging fiend, and in eight years here, I’ve posted 1,934 times (for an annual average of 242). Not bad for a casual blogger.
In May of this year, after three months of poor work, I pledged to myself to post a blog entry every day.
And I did! Yay, me! But I realized I hadn’t written one word on the manuscript I was working on. So I promised myself I wouldn’t write a blog post unless I did at least a little work on my book (I guess I do a lot of self talk, huh?).
Epic fail. I only wrote five entries from June to October.
So I made a new promise in November, which is when writers everywhere celebrate NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month. The stated goal is to get 50,000 words down on paper. Writers everywhere are racing to the finish Right. Now.
I figured if some people could write 50,000 words (or 1,666 a day), I could shoot to write something. Every. Day. No matter what.
As we say farewell to November, I accomplished my goal, writing 15,525 words this month (averaging more than 500 a day). Between this blog, my author blog and my photo organizing blog, I’ve posted every day. And I finished my work-in-progress manuscript and sent it off to my editor!
My success only proves Newton’s Law that bodies in motion tend to stay in motion and bodies at rest tend to stay at rest. My slothfulness this summer just cultivated more of the same, but my creative spark tended to stay lit when I fed the fire.
Admittedly, some days’ writing is better than others. But you know what they say: Eighty percent of success if showing up.
Here’s to showing up.