A to Z Challenge 2018 – Reflection

In 2012, I took part in my first A to Z Challenge. Different blog, different name. I was so organized. I had a theme and came up with a topic for each letter and made it to the end.

In 2013, I took part in my second A to Z Challenge. I had a theme but I called it quits after letter G because life was picking up pace with a new job and a new place.

Two years ago, I considered picking it up again. Started to plan, then April 1st rolled around and before I knew it, April was over.

This year, I signed up the day before. No plan. Just make it from A to Z. Poetry, flash fiction, or short story. I just wanted to make it to the end.

There were days that were easy (I’m Afraid was written in a couple of minutes). There were days I struggled to come up with words for the letter. I don’t know why but J (Jolt), K (Kaleidoscope) and L (Laurel) were really hard days.

Regardless, each day carried with it its own little adrenaline rush. I don’t know about you but experiencing that epiphany, that “I’ve got it!”, and watching the words come together felt so sweet, so powerful.

It made me wonder why I had closed myself off with endless novel writing when I could have been experiencing “the satisfaction of finishing” with shorter pieces.

In addition to writing the most variety I’ve written in a long time, I got to read a lot of posts written by amazing writers that made me pause and think “Damn, I wish I could write like that!”

I need to catch up on reading in May and plan on visiting those I missed during the challenge. I also have to complete parts 4 and 5 of the story I started (Part 1, part 2, part 3).

Once again, thank you to those who visited me during the challenge. We all have our own lives to live, so I am humbled that you took a moment out of your day to read what I had posted. Doubly so for those who took the time to submit a comment.

Wishing you all the best on your future writing and blogging endeavors.

~*~
A-to-Z Reflection [2018]

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9 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2018 – Reflection

  1. “It made me wonder why I had closed myself off with endless novel writing when I could have been experiencing “the satisfaction of finishing” with shorter pieces.” This is me. I haven’t put aside the novels, but I’ve begun to carve out time for shorts.

    • I’m finding that shorts help you determine your priorities. In writing novels, one can ramble on and on and introduce things, people, and dialogue that do nothing to drive the story forward. If you’re trying to keep the story under 1000-2000 words, it’s easier to see the parts that need to be cut to help the story flow. I wish I had figured that out sooner.

  2. I was screaming ‘Me too Me too’ in my head when I read about your epiphany moment. I sometimes break into a jig when I’m awfully stuck and the Aha moment strikes me.

    Thank you for sharing your previous experiences as well. For an amateur blogger and first timer in blog hopping challenges like A2Z- it’s great learning. I enjoyed reading a lot of your work. But most of the times I admit, I felt like I lacked maturity and the abilities to truly appreciate your work.

    Was great discovering your blog though. I have subscribed to your blog. So will read your posts. Looking forward to them.

    Best of luck for your novels and other future endeavours.

    • “But most of the times I admit, I felt like I lacked maturity and the abilities to truly appreciate your work.”

      Hey, no problem. I appreciate that you gave my pieces a read. Please don’t feel like you lack anything. I’m the one who has a lot of work to do to improve my writing skills. 🙂

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