When I signed up for the A-Z challenge , I was the 15th participant. I had no idea of how big it was last year, and certainly no forewarning of how mammoth it would become this year.
The one thing I knew, however, was that it would be tough.
Tough for a blogger like me, that is. I’ve never really posted everyday despite the name and intention of the this blog , Daily (w)rite.
Before I started the challenge I didn’t know I would do all fiction, maybe fiction a day or two somewhere, but not All the posts!
But on an impulse I decided to ask for prompts for the challenge, based on which I would write flash pieces, and once I got the first few prompts and had written the first few pieces, I knew it had to be fiction. Throughout. I was having way too much fun, and I love a good challenge.
Thanks to the comments that flooded/trickled in each day, I managed to hang in there and now have 24 flash pieces (I combined two letters, twice). It did take a bit of courage, to write a new piece and send it out into the world each day, but it also gave me a lot of confidence.
I know most of the comments were kind for the sake of kindness, but even I can’t deny that some of the commenters on some of the posts seem to have really liked the stories, and meant every word of what they said.
I hope to do a collection of these, in an e-book format, and Arlee Bird and a few others think it might be a good idea. I’ll cull some of the stories, which did not work, to my mind, and replace them with others I’ve written before or will write afresh.
As to visiting other blogs, I have to admit I did not visit all the blogs that participated. I knew I couldn’t do it and go on with my normal life, which is a little crazy at the moment, with a new home and a host of other things.
So I visited all the the posts at #atozchallenge on Twitter, created a Twitter newspaper of links. I visited, or tried my very best to visit, everyone who visited and commented. I visited others from the links on the comments they left on blogs I was already visiting.
After I discovered a few links on the main list at the host blogs and found they led nowhere or were not continuing with the challenge, I largely ignored the list, though I must have visited at least 30 blogs each day.
I’ll do a separate post for tomorrow, to especially thank all those who commented on my A-Z posts and to mention some of the A-Z posts/ blogs I really liked.
For today I want to thank the organisers:
Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out) ,
Jeffrey Beesler’s (World of the Scribe),
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh) ,
Jen Daiker ( Unedited),
Candace Ganger (The Misadventures in Candyland) ,
Karen J Gowen (Coming Down the Mountain) ,
Stephen Tremp (Breakthrough Blogs )
The challenge increased the number of people who subscribe to my blog, the number of visits and commenters.
But the best thing it did was give me a shot in the arm, that I could produce fiction somewhat consistently, some of it not half bad.
So, Thank You to all the organisers, and hope to take part in the A-Z again next year!