April 1, I became part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, created by Arlee Bird. Arlee is a wonderful blogger/writer who encourages writer fellowship and support.
The premise is simple. Write a post every day during the month of April (Sundays off), starting with the letter A. April 1, write about something that begins with A; April 2, write about something that begins with B; April 3 is the letter C, and so on. It's a marathon of posting, and reading the other 1900 bloggers who sign up.
The A-Z is a great exercise in discipline and creativity. It's also a smart networking tool, because it's excellent exposure for your blog, which in turn introduces readers to your book, your product, your brand. It's a very nice way to connect to bloggers with shared interests and goals.
This is my second year in the A-Z. Last year, I actually wrote my posts on the days they were "due." I've since realized I can have all my posts written by April 1 and then spend my time visiting other sites. Much better plan.
I've written posts for the A-Z that were stellar and posts that were lame. On April 1, I love the A-Z challenge; by April 20th, I'm wondering what the heck I'm doing. I've received comments on my writing that make me wince, and I've received comments that make me yell "Woo-hoo!"
The A-Z is the writing life crammed into one month: assignments, deadlines, great stuff, crummy stuff, criticism, praise, wracking your brain, and getting up the next day to do it all over again.
If you've never heard of the A-Z Blogging Challenge, check it out at the link above. It's a frenetic, exciting, invigorating writing exercise that keeps you on your butt (at your computer) for one month.
Then you take a long nap.
Tomorrow....F is for fluctisonous.
Check it out here: ADVENTURES in the BALLPARK.