It’s no secret to anyone who reads my blog that I have been experiencing extreme writer’s block for about 18 months.

NaBloPoMo November 2014
I remember the exact week I started to have problems writing because it’s also the last week I had any time to myself. In an effort to save money, we stopped having a babysitter come twice a week. I thought it was a great idea because our daughter still napped but the same week we said goodbye to our regular babysitter our daughter said goodbye to her afternoon naps. I went from having more than enough time to blog everyday to being lucky if I could post once a week.

I’ve also been experiencing a ridiculous amount of emotional stress that has paralyzed my creative thinking. I start to write and then my mind starts to stress about opening up our own business, finding an apartment we can afford, and many other countless terrifying that can’t be solved by writing a blog post and asking my online friends for advice.

After months of writer’s block, my mind is out of shape. It’s really difficult to get back on a horse after you have been sitting on the sidelines. I have tried many tactics to rid myself of writer’s block and nothing has really helped because it’s too easy to make up excuses when there is no one pushing you.

Then last week, I got an email about NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on BlogHer.com and decided to join which means I am making a commitment to writing a blog post everyday.

The second I added my website to the blog roll I regretted it. I haven’t been able to write regularly for a year and a half, how will I ever be able to write once a day during the same month as Thanksgiving, my Dad’s birthday, my daughter’s demanding Nutcracker rehearsal schedule, and all the other excuses I make to justify my lack of blog posts?!?!?!?!

Today is the first day and I almost gave up. My sister is in town, it’s raining, and I am really tired. I just didn’t feel like writing tonight but then I remembered that one of the worst things about the past 18 months is that I gave up on something that used to make me happy and proud. Every time I push the publish button on my blog I feel immense joy. So despite being very busy this month, I am committing to writing one blog post a day and I am very excited to see what kind of posts my out of work brain comes up with!

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7 Responses to “#NaBloPoMo”

  1. snarkysarcasticbish November 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM #

    I am proud of you.

  2. storywrtr November 2, 2014 at 1:37 AM #

    You can do this. Even if it’s a brief thought, it’s something. Good luck!

  3. Marvi Marti November 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM #

    You got this! I was struggling with some mild block so this was my answer to snap out of too. Hang in there

    • Shannon November 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

      Good to know this worked for someone else!

  4. CookieCrumbsInc. (@meepeevee) November 3, 2014 at 1:44 AM #

    Heyy, chin up!! Its all going to work out, with the house and with everything else that you are worried about!

    Share a thought, a picture, a wee little poem or something small the days you have no time to breathe, shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes each day. And on those days when you have enough time, go crazy, write to your heart’s content…

    Good luck to you Shannon 🙂 You can do this..

    • Shannon November 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

      Thank you for the advice!

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