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Today is Day One of #bloglikecrazy.

Each November I challenge the women of See Jane Write to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days. If you plan to play along, be sure to share your posts on Twitter using the hashtag #bloglikecrazy.

Chances are you’re wondering why you should bother doing this in the first place. You’re wondering if at the end of #bloglikecrazy you’ll land the book deal you’ve always wanted or suddenly have so many blog sponsorships that you’ll be able to quit your day job.

Probably not.

But you will be a better writer.

I believe writing is a practice. I am a runner (a very slow runner, but a runner nonetheless) and I often see parallels between running and writing. Just as I must train to run a half marathon, I must train to write a book or even an award-winning essay.

Consider #bloglikecrazy your writing workout plan.

Some people say you should only write when you feel inspired. But that’s like saying a runner should only run when she’s in the mood to do so. If I’m training for a race I need to pound the pavement when it’s hot, when it’s cold, and sometimes even in the rain if necessary.

I understand that writing may not be a passion for all people who blog. But I’m in this for a gold medal.

But you don’t just have to take my word on the matter.

In her book Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg also makes a connection between writers and athletes. She writes:

“This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Some days you don’t want to run and you resist every step of the three miles, but you do it anyway. You practice whether you want to or not. You don’t wait around for inspiration and deep desire to run. It’ll never happen, especially if you’re out of shape or have been avoiding it. But if you run regularly, you train your mind to cut through or ignore your resistance. You just do it. And in the middle of the run, you love it. When you come to the end, you never want to stop. And you stop, hungry for the next time.”

So let’s #bloglikecrazy!

Each day in November for #bloglikecrazy I’ll be publishing a blog post that answers your questions about blogging, social media, writing, wellness or women’s empowerment. Send your questions to javacia@seejanewritebham.com