August Theme for NaBloPoMo and a Writing Contest

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It's that time again; time to commit to posting every day for a full month by joining in with NaBloPoMo. The point? Well, beyond the endurance factor -- of becoming a writing athlete -- there's the benefit from daily writing. I use it as a way to warm up before getting into book writing. And then there's the community aspect: joining NaBloPoMo is like joining a gym. You're writing in a group and feeding off that for motivation rather than writing alone.

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?


The truth, we're often told, can be stranger than fiction, and certainly, blogging is about truth-telling; recording our lives. But how often does fiction seep into our reconstruction of our day? Is it important to always be honest, or can we skew the facts to present a better story? Plus, what is lost or gained by telling the story of your life?

Beyond that, how can you not enjoy delving into a work of fiction? Finding a new world, new characters, new inventions that didn't exist until the writer placed them on the page. This month, we have to spend some time sharing our favourite books, authors, and characters.

Best of all, we're once again featuring one NaBloPoMo'er this month on BlogHer. Not only will your work be featured and promoted by BlogHer, but you will be paid for this published piece. Real Housewife of Belgrade was the winner for July.

Want to enter?

  • Sign up for August's NaBloPoMo and commit to posting every day for the month of August on your blog. (You can also cross-post your writing on the NaBloPoMo site.) You must post daily in order to be considered for the contest.
  • Next, choose and answer one of the daily prompts in a post. You can see the current prompt on the front page of NaBloPoMo each day or you can get them on Twitter by following @BlogHerBlogging. You can use the prompts daily, or you can write whatever you wish for the other days of the month and choose one prompt to answer for the contest.
  • Please fill out this form any time between August 1st and August 20th (11 pm EST). You may only enter one post and you cannot change the post once you enter.
  • The winner will be emailed by August 22nd and the post will run on BlogHer and be promoted on August 25th. The winner will be paid $50 in September for this August post.

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If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts August 1st and run until August 31st. Just sign up for a free account and make the commitment to blog daily for the month by adding your name to the blogroll. Then make a promise to (1) write every day for a month and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll. Cheer them along and they'll cheer you on too.

It's as simple as that: post daily on your own blog. That's it. You can get fancy and cross-post your blog posts onto the NaBloPoMo site. If you need inspiration, grab one of the daily prompts (always found at the top of the NaBloPoMo site, Monday through Friday).

NaBloPoMo is what you make of it. At its core, all you need to do is post daily on your blog. The point of NaBloPoMo is not to be restricted by the theme, but instead to either take it or leave it. If you'll do better blogging every day based on what's happening in your world, throw aside the daily prompts (or just use one this month in order to join the writing contest and then eschew the others).

So what is your favourite work of fiction? If you can answer this question, you certainly have a blog post in you, and to do NaBloPoMo, you just need to multiply that by a full month of posts.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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