September 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?

RETURN

It's the time of year when students return to school. People return to their normal work schedules after their summer (or winter, depending on which hemisphere you live) trips. While January is the technical start of the year on the Gregorian calendar, the year returns to the beginning around September on the Hebrew calendar.

Returning -- or turning again -- is also about reflection, about going backwards, about revisiting a spot or memory. Sometimes people think that it can be a negative thing to live too much in the past, drowning in nostalgia. But a lot can be learned by mentally returning to a moment, replaying what happened in your mind, especially if lessons are learned in the process.

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. Not Just Another Mother Blogger was the winner for August.

Want to enter?

  • Sign up for September's NaBloPoMo and commit to posting every day for the month of September 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 September 1st and September 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 September 22nd and the post will run on BlogHer and be promoted on September 29th. The winner will be paid $50 in October for this September post.

Any questions? Direct them to melissa.ford@blogher.com.


If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts September 1st and runs until September 30th. 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 are you returning to this month? 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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