I was honored to be awarded a guest post with the A to Z Challenge folks today. I’d like to talk a little today about how participating in the A to Z Challenge has strengthened me as a blogger and writer.
I’ve participated twice from beginning to end. This year I was hesitant about signing up. I had several other writing obligations and just wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up the commitment. I’m glad I did.
I choose the topic Blog to Book Project: How to turn your blog posts into a book. During the course of writing these informative posts, I learned even more about the publishing process. Of course, now I’m applying those useful tidbits to my own blog to book projects while I turn this series of posts into an ebook and maybe even an ecourse down the line.
I have also participated in the A to Z Challenge as part of a blogging group. The SOTB Bloggers Bloggers blogged Mexican adventures last year which we compiled into a FREE downloadable ebook that you can get here. (https://survivingmexico.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/playing-tourist-in-mexico-1555546160.pdf)
This year, we tried to be proactive and scheduled our first Writing Challenge in March in order to get a jump on our A to Z posts for April. We were a little overly optimistic with our goals, but most of us managed to meet at least 50% of them. In a few weeks, I hope to have our joint efforts in the 2019 A to Z challenge converted into an ebook, so stay tuned!
So here’s my fun A to Z list of what I learned from participating in the A to Z Challenge both as an individual and as part of a group.
A–Alphabetical creativity. Some of those letters are tricky!
F–Writing is Fun!
G–Group effort makes a long list shorter!
H–Huffing and puffing along certainly encourages Humility!
I–I can do it!
J–Just about half-way!
K–The Key is organization!
L–Letters make for random and awkward order for some topics.
M–Made it to the middle positive Mindset!
N–Need to work on days off to get these posts finished!
O–Organization is key!
Q–Quality and Quantity are both important.
S–Spell check is life-saving!
T–Blogging challenges are Therapeutic!
U–Never Underestimate what you are capable of!
V–Value the process.
W–Write like you are a real Writer, every day!
X–eXcited to read other blogs!
Y–Yippee, the end is near!