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!”
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.