Greetings! We survived the A to Z challenge. Wipe the sweat off your brow. I, for one, am very proud of what I accomplished in a month. I wasn’t going to do this at first. I wasn’t really sure what it was. Then I saw over a thousand people were doing it, so the conformist in me said, “I want to do that too!” I signed up to do it at 7:00 PM, March 31st.
I now have 26 flash fiction pieces (plus a few extra) to add to my ever growing writing portfolio. I’m not going to lie—some of these stories were a struggle to write. Some of them are not that good. There were nights where I was up until 11:30, posting my story at 11:57. But I did it. I made sure I posted for each day, even if I was a few days late.
Through the struggles came real insights for my writing. I learned how to tell a story in short, concise sentences. I got rid of all the fluff. I had to think about each and every word I put down on paper. By day six, the process was easier. Now at the end, I feel I’ve learned way more than I would have taking a flash fiction writing class. Practice (especially daily practice) is the only thing that makes your writing better. Plus, there were some real gems in this story collection. My personal favorites (T, V, S, G, and A) are a fun look into my work. I’m hoping it will spark some interest for my longer pieces.
I also enjoyed connecting with new writing peers. I found several people who have the same interests as me. It was fun to find more like minded people out there. I visited over 160 blogs, and I wish I would have had time to visit more! Several people visited me too. My blog followers went from eleven to a hundred and five. I also found several places which I want to write for, like the 5x5 magazine and the Memory Eaters Anthology. So many possibilities are out there in the blogosphere for a writer. It was very exciting to have the opportunity to learn about some of them. I have the A to Z challenge to thank for it.
On a way over ambitious note, I’m totally excited to write for the A to Z challenge next year. I think in 2012, I will do 26 character profiles. Or maybe I’ll write a serial story. Can I drag out a story into 26 parts? Why not? The soap operas can!
But for now, it’s back to regular scheduled blog posts. I’m thinking about setting up days, like a post every Tuesday and Thursday. I’m not sure yet. I know the month of May will be sparse for postings. It is the last few weeks of work for me (and I have lots of overtime on the calendar), I have a garden to put in, and quite a bit of writing I want to work on. But, I’ll be around!