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Blogher's NaBloPoMo and National Health Post Month

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my writing skills thawed out even more

Signing up to write on health issues for a month was a rash, impulsive action that would either prove that I was simply a lack luster mum blogger who wrote boring drivel or it would push me to grow.


When I sat down to type my first article for Blogher's NaBloPoMo and National Health Post Month an event hosted by WEGO Health, I realized that signing up to write on health issues for a month was a rash, impulsive action, that would either show me that I was simply a lack luster mum blogger who wrote boring drivel or it would push me to grow as a writer who could actually write articles.

Well, I surprised myself. The odd prompts and questions posted by WEGO Health acted like golden keys, opening doors that I would never have opened on my own. Truthfully I did not even know that most of these doors existed at all. I discovered whole mine shafts of facts, opinions and antidotes within me that I connected effortlessly to examples in my own life, especially my life as a mum.

A scarce few months ago I sat frozen in front of a keyboard, typing up stilted stories about my kids. Blogging helped the prison melt because I was not trying to write to a wall; I was writing to real people who responded, offered encouragement and helpful tips to me, a computer illiterate. Now this month, NaBloPoMo pushed me to open deeper doors not only to my intellect but to my spirit and soul as well. I simply started writing, naturally, almost without effort. The words flowed as fast as I could type. I did not have to think, I just typed. As Ray Bradbury says,

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

I discovered that creativity is a force which seems bigger than me. It feels like I have been plugged into some universal creative energy that is intuitive and right-brained.

Suddenly an idea springs into my mind. So many thoughts start flowing through my mind it is as if I have assimilated emotions, reflections, connected quotes and philosophy and integrated it all with my faith to form an article. My right brain takes over. The entire process is largely subconscious. I unwittingly combine a spirit of creativity with a gift to craft words together. Writers in past centuries called this the Muse. Left logical brain editing follows afterwards. However, if I attempt to write the first draft with my logical left brain, the end product is stilted, stunted, boring and painful to read.

Hoping that I am not alone in this approach to writing, I have unearthed some powerful and some outrageously funny quotes on the subject of writing:

"I do not plan my fiction any more than I normally plan woodland walks; I follow the path that seems most promising at any given point, not some itinerary decided before entry.” ~John Fowles

“There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are.”
~W. Somerset Maugham

"Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O’Brien”

"Writing is the overflow of emotion into action.”? ~Brian Raif

So it seems that I am in good company. I must admit though, I discovered that many other authors use an outline, plan and work hard at the chore of writing, yet still managing to create magic.



About the Writer

My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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8 comments on Blogher's NaBloPoMo and National Health Post Month

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By TonyBerkman on December 02, 2012 at 11:09 pm

It sounds like you experienced a bunch of growth going through this process.

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By melanie jean juneau on December 03, 2012 at 06:31 am

The pressure of writing a post everyday was fun

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By NurseElaine on December 03, 2012 at 06:33 am

You did it!! Inspiring to me how you persevered and accomplished your goal. Congrations on completing what you started, and in such a creative way too!!

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By melanie jean juneau on December 03, 2012 at 06:37 am

Some of us need a challenge to motivate our creativity

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 03, 2012 at 10:59 am

Well done Melanie...challenging our-self can be very motivating...

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By melanie jean juneau on December 03, 2012 at 11:06 am

well said- ..challenging our-self can be very motivating..is a good aphorism

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By HomeRearedChef on December 04, 2012 at 02:54 pm

Congratulations, Melanie, on fulfilling a whole month of writing daily. I participated in the NaBloPoMo, too, the beginning of this year, and it is no easy feat.

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By melanie jean juneau on December 04, 2012 at 03:40 pm

The process helped loosen up my creativity- I needed an article so I just started writing.

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