A to Z Challenge Reflections

2018 A to Z Challenge Reflections

I have no excuses, well, actually I do, but I’m not offering them because everybody is busy, right? As far as I’m concerned my offering it up as an excuse is wrong, just wrong so…moving onward.

This year’s A to Z challenge for me was rougher than last years. Despite the fact that I had my theme planned in advance, I didn’t take the needed time to plan the posts. Last year I did have each day’s topic listed, although I didn’t write them in advance. Does that make a difference? I think so. I think knowing the theme means that you can “cogitate” over it before trying to write.

I don’t know if you writers out there do that as much as I do. I tend to mull over stories while doing other things and then sitting down to write them. Anyone else do that?

So maybe that was the big difference for me this year. I was trying to sit down at the computer and do everything, which was sometimes frustrating, okay, truthfully, mostly very frustrating.

Now that I’m thinking about the challenge as a whole and am done, I am happy that I persevered. There are some stories that I will revisit because they wanted to be more, longer, and I may just allow them to roam.

I’m also happy that I mostly succeeded in writing stories that ran the gamut of emotions: snarky, sad, reflecting, thoughtful, regretful.

In a couple of weeks, I think we’re supposed to point to our favorite post. That will take some thought. If any of you had one and would like to help me ( πŸ˜‰ ) that would be terrific.

And, yes, I’m still finding errors. So much for proofreading.

Thanks for reading and giving me a boost during the challenge when I needed one!

6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Reflections

  1. You sound disappointed in your accomplishment. I hope not. Kind of like running a marathon–95% of the population never attempt the 26 miles (or 26 letters) let alone finish. So it is with blogging. Pat yourself on the back–you did good. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Maggie. I don’t think I’m disappointed with the accomplishment as much as my not preparing, which almost made me set up to fail. That was frustrating. I’m also hoping that it will not happen again next year. πŸ™‚

  2. Headed back through blogs I know I missed and yours is one. Glad I discovered yours was a participating blog πŸ™‚ Reading list is increasing lol

  3. I think you did an excellent job overall. I read every one of your enntries for the challenge and would have a hard time selecting a favorite. Sometimes those deadlines can light a fire under our asses and inspire brilliance. Sometimes they burn us up.

    I do some of my best writing when I’m hiking. My mind wanders and lands on my story. I’ve had a lot of breakthroughs that way. Then I have to repeat the thought over and over until I get home and can type it up before it slips away. I do my worst writing when I’m sitting at my computer forcing myself to write.

    Congratulations of persevering and completing the challenge. You did an excellent job.

    1. I haven’t hiked in a while. I hoping to do so soon. But, yes, if an idea comes to me, I have an inner monologue and the voice comes to me. (I always joke about hearing voices.)
      Thank you for the kind comment.

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