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A to Z Challenge 2013 — March 31, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013

A few weeks ago I committed to participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge during April.  What this means is that I will be writing 26 posts during the month of April, in addition to my regular posts here.  You’re probably asking WHY.
WHY?  I want and need the exercise of discipline that the challenge brings to my writing life.  These 26 posts will push me to write more, to be more creative, to be prompt.  All of those things, I believe, will be good for my writing routine.

As a theme for my 26 posts, I have chosen to explore the emotions and feelings our characters possess and/or express, whether our genre is memoir, fiction, nonfiction or any of the myriad of genre available.

Each post will move from “A” through the alphabet to “Z.”  In the event I am at a loss for a feeling or emotion matching the appropriate letter, we’ll just have to see what I write about that day!

The first post will appear on April 1st, or April Fool’s Day which may indicate the level of my sanity to take part.  I hope you’ll come along with me in April to see if I can meet the challenge.


Should I or . . . Shouldn’t I? — February 13, 2013

Should I or . . . Shouldn’t I?

That is the question.  Of course, your ability to lend help or advice depends on knowing the what of my “should I” or “shouldn’t I?”

The what is the 2013 Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.  Writers of all levels of experience have and will take part in this daily blogging post challenge.  If you’re not familiar with it, you can learn more here.

My quandary is this:

Do I really need another challenge in my life?

But this is a writing challenge.  What can it hurt to be challenged to be a little creative 26 days out of the month of April 2013?

Writing prompts are good exercise — definitely a positive.

The necessity of coming up with a topic, subject if you will, alphabetically for those 26 days appeals to my inner competitor.  And I love words.

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What about you?  Have you ever participated in the A to Z challenge?  If so, would you share your thoughts about its worth, any inherent problems it created for you, or would you just call me crazy?

I’m waiting to hear from you . . . don’t everyone answer at once!

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