As I have mentioned before, I am a very slow writer. A careful writer. There is a reason for this: In my former life as an editor, it was my job to find the errors. That means I can seldom just let something go. I am an eternal "word fixer." There is always a better turn of phrase, additional alliteration or a more succinct way of stringing together my thoughts. This writing challenge has turned out to be just what I needed.
I discovered the idea on Marie's blog, Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer, and made a comment on her Day 2 post that I wanted to join in but was afraid I wouldn't have time to post every day. I decided to make the time. I quickly wrote the first two posts to catch up with Marie. And Jan at Mourning Has Broken. Then Yvonne at Time to Consider the Lilies joined in. It's been a blast seeing different takes on the same writing prompts.
I figured this challenge simply had to make me a faster writer. It had to loosen up some brain cells and allow me to write more stream-of-consciously (which turned out to be my Day 12 prompt — unbeknownst to me). And it has!
Normally, I sit in my home office with my cup of coffee and make notes to myself about future blog posts in my drafts folder. Then I sit down and begin to craft one. I step away for a few hours (or a day), and come back to it. And repeat. That is partly why I only blog once or twice a week. It takes me a long time. I also am afraid to bore you, dear reader!
Sometimes a blog title will come to me first, but more often than not, it is the very last thing I write before I hit the "publish" button.
I'm still not sold on daily blogging (for me), but this exercise has taught me that I can punch out a post that is short, in a short period of time. And sometimes that's all you (or I) need.