I know you NaNoWriMo fans are freaking out about what this NaBloPoMo stands for. Ever since NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, got popular, there have been various iterations of it. The one that’s also gaining popularity these days is called NaBloPoMo, short for National Blog Posting Month. And that’s what I’m going to participate in this month.
You’d be surprised to know that behind all of these gadget and tech-obsessed posts that I produce on my blogs, there is a person that wants to write fiction. I’ve always wanted to write fiction. I’ve written a handful of short stories in Bangla, but then I ran out of ideas. I’m also interested in writing fiction in English just for the sake of having my colleagues and internet friends — who don’t speak or understand Bangla — as my audience.
However, writing fiction is a trillion times more difficult than writing non-fiction. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words in news, reviews and tutorials covering various topics. Could I have written that many words of literature? Not a chance.
It’s mostly because I don’t have enough vocabulary or a rich knowledge of idioms and phrases to write the story as I want to. They say: ‘Show; don’t tell.’ As it turns out, you need slightly different words to show and not tell.
How do you get better at it? Well, they all seem to have one solution to it: Write more and write often.
That’s not to say that I can’t write just because my knowledge in English is insufficient. I suffer from lack of plots, too. I do come up with various story ideas on my day-to-day life — which, I should mention, is not that much interesting — but coming up with a story, a problem, and a climax that will make a story worth reading is more difficult than you can imagine.
When I was a kid, I read it in my textbook that being a writer is a hard work even though writers don’t wrestle. Nowadays, I understand the meaning of those words. You don’t see a writer wrestle, but every writer does.
How do you get better at it? Well, they all seem to have one solution to it: Write more and write often. And this year’s NaBloPoMo gives us a supreme chance of doing just that.
WordPress.com has been amazing in writers’ community online by giving daily prompts for both writers/bloggers and photography enthusiasts. Then there are Blogging University courses where regularly various writing and blogging courses are held. (Side note: I’m participating on Blogging 101 that starts tomorrow as a Happiness Engineer helping you blog better. 🙂 ) But I never really actively participated in it thinking that this blog is more like a place for serious writing. As if this was a newspaper and I only needed to post the things that are worth a place on the web.
Having read my colleague’s post today while sitting at the bank waiting for my turn at the customer support desk, I realized, I’ve been fooling myself. Despite the name of this blog sounding like The Wall Street Journal, I’ve been blogging mostly about my life and the happenings in it. And the people who have been following my blog probably are following to read those, too. So what is my excuse for not writing on a regular basis?
Sure, I don’t want to flood my followers’ Reader by posting tweet-sized posts five times a day. But I sure want to write more, and in the process of it, record more of my life.
At the annual Grand Meetup of Automattic — company that I work for — I gave a flash talk about Blogging and Photography and how they are beneficial to me. A flash talk is a 4-minute mandatory talk/video that every employee must give. I ended my flash talk with this quote:
Write. Share. Inspire.
I will almost definitely not be writing something inspiring every day. But the time has come for me to start listening to myself and stop being lazy.
Wish me luck, and have patience through my everyday posting throughout this month. 😀 And don’t forget to participate in it too if you want to give something new a try. 🙂