I was not very happy with myself for keeping away from blogging last year. My blog’s Insights show that I didn’t post a single thing in five of the months in 2019. There were two months when I just posted once. Only April, half of May and December were in blue.
But when I checked the detailed annual stats of the site, I saw that I ended up writing 100 posts in 2019. The high frequency did not reduce my guilt of staying away from blogging but the fact that I still managed to write 17k+ words last year relieved me a lil bit.
I remember taking up the NaPoWriMo in April 2018, along with my exams. I ended up writing only 11 poems. I was not disappointed about not being bale to complete the challenge. Poetry doesn’t come with force. It represents emotions for me.
Last year, I decided to take the A-Z challenge in April. I feel I was able to complete it because of the theme I chose. Learning to be Myself. I really wanted to talk about it for a long time. When I managed to complete this challenge while juggling with my exams and job, I realised that it was my eagerness to write about the topic that made me complete the challenge. (Okay, I did not write on one of the Saturdays, but I compensated for it by writing on Sunday to keep everything in flow.) In fact, I even wrote four poems for NaPoWriMo other than the A-Z posts in April last year.
I see these challenges as a motivation to write, to make my creative juices get to work. I do not plan to post on all 365 days this year. But I do plan to increase my writing time to keep the art alive in me and I tried to do this by beginning my year with JusJoJan. I know I did not stick to Linda’s prompts every day, but the challenge was about jotting anything. I tried to write more and more. I have ideas in my mind. Let’s see how I’ll implement them.
Do you participate in writing challenges? Which prompts do you follow? I’d like to explore more of them.