Heal with September's NaBloPoMo

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So, what is the theme of the month?


America needs to heal after the events of Ferguson, Missouri. An upsetting event gave way to upsetting coverage, and once again, America is both screaming for a discussion on race while simultaneously sweeping it under the rug.

As bloggers, our best tool for healing is the written word, so we are going to ask you to write your way toward healing this month. Whether you were emotionally affected by the shooting of Michael Brown, or have another event in your life where you need to find healing, we hope that you will take the month to write about your situation and take the words off of your heart.

Reading can be just as helpful as writing in bringing understanding and peace of heart, so please also make a commitment to read your fellow NaBloPoMoers' work this month, especially the links that appear on the open thread that will go live on September 1, as well as the member posts that are tagged with NaBloPoMo.

The theme and writing prompts, as always, are there as a guide if you want some structure to your month, though you can always sign up for NaBloPoMo and chart your own path.

NaBloPoMo September 2014: Healing

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts September 1 and runs until September 30. Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) 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. You can sign up for September's NaBloPoMo until September 5th. You can grab the official badge here and upload a link to the badges you make.

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 daily inspiration, bookmark the NaBloPoMo prompts page for September, which already has all the prompts for the month posted so you can plan ahead.

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.

Sign up for September's NaBloPoMo and help each other heal.

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