My Big Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal // 2016

I’m here, I’m here! I almost missed it but I am here! It is time to reveal my last minute, half-assed, pulled together in a panic theme for next months big A to Z Blogging Challenge. For those who don’t know, the challenge is to post something every day in April, minus Sundays, beginning with the letter A on April 1st and ending with the letter Z on the 30th. It isn’t easy and since I am the worst at preplanning I imagine it will be even harder for me.

I did this last year, the theme was Astronomy, and I failed miserably. Well, not miserably, people did like the posts, I just wasn’t able to complete the challenge and make it all the way until the letter Z. It’s not easy to post every day and while I was passionate about the subject matter, the work involved to research the topics was more than I could handle. So this year I am going to do something totally different, this year I am going to write a bit of creative writing.

Over on Tumblr, I am a big fan of the “Excerpts From a Book I’ll Never Write” tag. I believe the creator is a user named Sue Zhao and each entry, from her and other writers across the Tumblr-verse, is a bit of dialogue or a scene that suggests a deeper story but is satisfying in its brevity. Each is a small piece of a larger work that cannot be, or refuses to be, a part of anything bigger and is more beautiful for it.

For a long time, I have wanted to participate myself but never had the guts to try. Like anything else I want to undertake, there has to be a deadline, an expectation, and then I can shine.

I am very nervous to go about creating situations and characters that will pop into existence and back out in under 500 words or so. I am afraid I do not have enough imagination for all 26 letters of the alphabet. I am not even sure I know what the letter will represent exactly, perhaps the title of the piece, maybe the first letter of the story, or the name of the main character in each excerpt? I’m leaning toward the latter. There are still several kinks to work out and some ideas I need to get down on paper. Another first for me, drafting posts on paper :/

So wish me luck, and follow along if you are curious. I am hoping for feedback and an idea of whether or not fiction is a field I should explore a little more. I hope to see you all throughout the month and I hope to follow more of you who are participating. Please, let me know what you think and if you have a theme of your own.

I’d love to hear from you :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

28 thoughts on “My Big Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal // 2016”

  1. It does sound like an interesting theme :) I’ve learned over the now 4 challenges I participated in that it is better to go short and sweet so to speak with the length of the post and keep it rather simple, otherwise one can get burnt out with it and not end up finishing. Good luck this year!

    betty

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I learned my lesson about that for sure! I was devastated I couldn’t finish and I really don’t want to go through that again. So short and sweet it is :)

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  2. Love your theme. :)
    I love flash fiction…and snippets of writing, like the vignette.

    You never know what you’re capable of until you try…so go for it!!
    I’m showcasing blogger books & book reviews…plus there will be loads of giveaways!
    See you around on the A to Z circuit!
    Writer In Transit

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  3. I love this theme. I’m not quite brave enough to do fiction and toss it out there. But I’m looking forward to what you create!

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    1. I am not sure that I am brave enough either :/ Fiction is new to me and I am not very good at it but I hope to be one day though and everybody has to start somewhere, right? :)

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      1. It’s definitely something I’ve been talking about with one of my other writer friends. We have to start somewhere and get comfortable with other people reading our writing! :)

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        1. Exactly. I write fiction for myself, a little, but it’s all crap, and so I don’t share any of it, but how can I get better? The posts I have written so far for this challenge aren’t that good but it feels good to do it anyway and I am comforted by the inevitability of my improvement with practice :)

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  4. Best of luck, Lisa. I’m planning to write very short pieces of fiction for my theme this year. And as I normally like to write wth a twist, most of them will hopefully finish in a different place than where they started …

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  5. Alright, I am seriously needing to get started with the planning. Your post is a reminder that it isn’t as simple as going through the alphabet. It should make sense or tie together somehow (theme?). I am sure you will do very well!!! I will be watching and reading your posts!

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    1. I learned that the hard way last year and even this year I feel pretty far behind in my planning compared to some of the other more hard core participants. :/

      Good luck to you :)

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