Monday, March 28, 2011

April A-Z Challenge.

Well, it slowly appears to me, that this year 2011 is becoming my year of the challenges. In February we had the February Journaling Challenge, hosted by Dolly and myself. A couple of days ago Carol's blogpost draw my attention to:

Some of you might remember FJC, Day-09: I Am... A-Z. I LOVE those ABC lists. They are a great for training your brain and a wonderful source for inspiration. You might imagine, that I instantly caught fire for that new Blog Challenge!

But our own challenge had taught me well. You just can't start such a challenge and hope to end it successfully without a little planning. I wanted to have at least my complete prompt list! While pondering about that, I came very fast to the conclusion to give my posts a theme: My blog is supposed to be about writing, so, the one and only logical conclusion, that my theme for the month will be Writing ABC!

Why should I rack my own brain, when some research does the trick? For 'writing ABC' I've mainly found instructions how first-graders learn to write the ABC. And 'writers ABC' gave me alphabetical lists of authors. Even 'writing lexicon' brought no useful results... I found myself quite surprised, that obviously there doesn't exist anything like a Writing ABC, or I just searched with the wrong words. Anyway, I should keep that in mind!

Instead I asked some befriend writers about their ideas - btw: Thanks a lot! My dear friend Dolly additionally made me think beyond the obvious, she wrote:
"You could pick words / phrase and write a story that centers around it. Or you decide on a longer story, and write a scene each day. First decision is what do you want to write? Fiction? Non-fiction? Short Stories? Novel? Poetry? Articles? Once you decide what you want to write, then you can choose appropriate theme."

She was right! The prompts alone aren't enough. The idea to write a serial with an alphabetical start of the daily scene was very intriguing, remember Michael Ende did that in his 'Never ending Story', but not what I'd intended to do.

So, what else? I finally ended to do it the Carrie Bradshaw way. I'm going to write a daily column. 200 words about my thoughts, believes, experiences, etc. to a special prompt. I already have my prompt list:

As you can see, my list has grown quite well over the last couple of days. I only have to chose which prompt I take. It shouldn't collide with the 30 Writing Questions, but I think, that will work out well!

I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm quite excited about it! Maybe some of you want to join in, too! One way or the other, enjoy reading the upcoming ABC posts!

P.S. If you have some ideas for the letters J, O, U, X and Y, leave me a note!


  • March 28, 2011 1:56 PM

    I definitely did the same thing for the A to Z Challenge! I also added which date would correspond with which letter, and included Sundays for a better visual. You are way more prepared than I am, though! I think I have about 15 letters/prompts to go!

  • March 28, 2011 2:17 PM

    Wonderful. I have also joined a to z. It looks like great fun. I look forward to seeing your postings.

    Retired knitter

  • March 28, 2011 3:17 PM

    This is my first time participating so while I have some ideas in my head I am just going to have to wait and see how it goes. I am still a bit uncertain about some things but I figured once I see what is going on then it will all fall into place.

  • March 28, 2011 5:31 PM

    You're so much more organized than I am! :-)

    I think I'm going to try and keep my posts for this challenge to a writing theme as well. It makes sense, since they'll be posted on my writing blog.

    With most of these blog challenges I try and read the blogs of everyone else on the list, but this one has over 700 entries so far! It's really amazing.

  • March 28, 2011 7:06 PM

    Definitely well organised, so I think you will enjoy this challenge and find it productive. I am interested to find out how your column writing experience goes.

    Have fun!!

  • March 28, 2011 8:22 PM
    Bz :

    I've also joined the challenge a month back... I can't wait for my posts to come out! hehe, it's nice to see that I'm not the only one preparing on paper, writing themes and ideas and then choosing from there :P This challenge is BIG!! Good Luck!

  • March 29, 2011 12:08 AM

    Challenges are really amazing ... especially this one seems to have A LOT of participants! That's just WOW! *g* And obciously I'm not the only planing everything - good to know! :-)

    I'm looking forward to both: Writing my own entries and reading some of the others - hoping to find some cool blogs!

    CU in April! Happy Writing to all of us!

  • March 29, 2011 12:12 AM

    @Carol: Which challenges have you participated before?

    @Dolly:Thanks a lot Dolly! I guess (at the moment), column writing is a bit easier, because you're more free to write about everything! Let's see, what the challenge will teach me! *g*

  • March 30, 2011 4:01 AM

    Planning is a good idea, but you know how the best laid plans can go sometimes. Last year I laid out all my topics ahead of time and ended up changing most of them.

    Sounds like you have a good plan for your April. Good luck with it.

    I received word from Entry #525 Saga of the Concrete Jungle that he has a serial planned for the entire month. It sounds interesting. I am going to try to follow it if it holds my interest.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  • March 30, 2011 8:57 AM

    Hi Lee,

    I know, what you're talking about plans ... that for I've fixed only my theme Writing and my possible daily topics. I want to have the possibility to decide spontaneously, which of the prompts inspires me most on that particular day.

    Thanks for the wishes and the tip of the serial! At the moment I'm following two amazing weekly serial novels. Would be interesting to follow a daily one. And I also have my own serial in the back of my head! We'll see! :-)


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