October NaBloPoMo Theme: Between!

6 years ago

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?


Autumn is between the two temperature extremes of summer and winter. It's a time when nature is shifting -- the scattering of leaves in the northern hemisphere, the first signs of new life down south. Halloween is obviously a time for trick-or-treating, but scratch the surface of the holiday and it makes you start thinking about how your time on earth is just a space between two periods of non-living.

Being between things isn't always a bad thing. It can be a down time, a space to recharge. Middle children are often the ones to keep the peace in the family (right, so says the middle child?). Coming and goings, first and last: between is never the extreme, but a blend of two worlds.

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts October 1st and runs until October 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 are you between 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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