Friday, April 1, 2016

A is For Adventure

So here's the thing. Despite the fact that I've released my fifth book this year (you can check the tab at the top of the page to see the whole collection) I've been in kind of a dry spell with my writing this year. It's not writer's block, per se, I always feel like writer's block is where you can't come up with ideas and I've got ideas galore, it's more like I just got out of the writing habit over the holidays at the end of the year and never got back into it.

Then the other day I was noodling around on the computer, looking at some old bookmarks, and I saw the one for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. And I thought to myself, why not? Maybe this is just what I need to get off my lazy butt, metaphorically speaking. If nothing else, it'll be a great adventure.

Now most of the people visiting here this month will already be familiar with the challenge but for those who aren't, let me explain. The idea is to write a blog post every day except Sundays during the month of April, which will result in 26 blog posts. And since there are 26 letters in the alphabet, part of the fun is to use a letter of the alphabet, in sequential order, as the theme for each day. Hence the title of this post.

You'll notice the little badge at the top of my widgets on the right hand column. If you click on it, it'll take you to the main page of the challenge where you'll find listings for all the participants. Trust me, you're not going to be able to visit them all in one day. At the writing of this post there were almost 2,000 names on the list. But it might be fun trying. :-D

One of the fun things is that most people find a central theme to their posts: mythological animals, poetry forms, photographs ... one year one of the participants wrote a novel with each letter of the alphabet representing the theme for each chapter. The possibilities are endless.

And the best part is, there's still time to sign up! All you need is a blog and an idea. And then maybe you can have a little adventure of your own.

11 comments:

Nicole said...

Welcome to the challenge! Have you ever participated before? I'm sorry about your writer's block, it's a horrible thing to have to overcome, but I agree, that this challenge might help you get back into that routine.

Vancity Girlfriends said...

It's my first year doing the challenge so I'm excited to join the adventure with you!

J.L. Campbell said...

Yes, the A-Z is an adventure all right. Have fun!

J.L. Campbell - The Character Depot | A-Z Challenge Co-Host

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

So glad you decided to join in. I hope I can keep up with my WIP during April.

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Stephen Tremp said...

Writers block is a good time to edit. Never a wasted moment for me. Welcome to the Challenge!

Ann Bennett said...

My big holdback is time. Great hobby and that is why I enjoy it so much. I have thought of quitting but it is sort of a compulsion I can't explain. It is not like I write something so profound. lol

betty said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) Good for you that you decided to join the challenge; I hear a lot of other people saying the same thing; hoping that it will get them back into the writing "groove". Hope it does that for you! Enjoy the rest of the challenge!

betty

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I had to check out your list of books. You're one busy lady!!

The Really Real Housewives

Sarah Zama said...

I think the AtoZ Challenge is a wonderful way to get your writing juice flow again. NOt only because of the commitment, but also for the support the challenge gives.

Have a fantastic April!

@JazzFeathers
The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

Pat Garcia said...

All the best for the Challenge and I look forward to reading your blog.
Shalom,
Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

Jo said...

Glad you joined. It can be hard work, but it can also be fun. I didn't know which blog was the one to look at. Suggest you tell people at the end of your comment. Thanks for coming by.

JO ON FOOD, LIFE AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE