Many of us in the yeah write community are taking part in NaBloPoMo, so I do hope you’ll indulge me in making this endeavor a focal point of my post today. Blogging every single day for an entire month is no easy feat and I know I’m starting to feel the burn. How about you? How are you holding up?

I’ve got plenty of stuff to write about

As the popular song lyric goes: I got ninety-nine problems but a blog post topic ain’t one. 

My problem is of the sitting down to write variety. There’s never enough time and always something else that needs doing. I don’t want to start something I can’t finish so I just don’t start. Sound familiar? I’ll bet it does. If I were to task you with giving me twenty blog topics right now, I bet you could think of them. If I asked you to stop what you were doing and write, though, what would happen? Well, uh, um… yeah, I know how it goes.

When someone asks me why I wanted to do NaBlo, or why I participate in yeah write’s challenge grid, the answer is simple. It forces me to write. 

There is only one way to be a writer, and that is to sit down and write. Excuses are easy. Showing up is hard. Telling your unique story in your authentic voice takes practice and discipline. Neither you nor I will get better if we don’t keep at it. 

This is the second year yeah write is blogging alongside BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo for 30 days in November

this is the badge you are looking for

this is the badge you are looking for

Go here to learn all you need to know about NaBloPoMo. Sign-ups are closed for this year, but you can still visit your old favorites and discover some new to you bloggers. There are random prizes, guest bloggers here on yeah write and 18 more days of fun to come. Make sure to make the rounds and support the writers just nutty enough to take on this challenge.

So for all you challenge grid virgins wandering over from NaBloPoMo, we offer a hearty welcome and a quick tour of how things work around here. In the sidebar is a badge that looks like the badge in this post. Copy the code, then paste it into the HTML or text view of the post you’re planning to submit. Hit publish from that same view.

Feel free to add your current NaBloPoMo posts, but make sure those posts are within our submission guidelines. As we ask our writers to get tattooed somewhere lovely: bring us your best stuff when you know it’s going to be the best on the grid. That makes our competition better, it makes you better as a writer, reader and voter.

Welcome to yeah write #135 weekly writing challenge

Odds, ends, reminders

  • The badge you will need to add to your planned submission is over in the sidebar
  • This immediate past Sunday is the earliest your submission can be dated
  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Personal essays or traditional blog anecdotes only
  • There are no weekly prompts; the topic is yours. Be compelling
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • There is voting. Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
  • The challenge grid is limited to 50 bloggers
  • The winners’ post will be published by noon on Friday
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests

Yeah write #135 is open…