This is the post where I’m supposed to reflect on this year’s challenge. Maybe it’s just me, but ‘reflections‘ sounds so cheesy. Yeah, it probably is just me.
I do have some thoughts…
I loved my theme this year. (Thanks M!) I have been in a fiction-writing slump for a long time. Months. Many of them. It made me so sad. But somehow, I was able to write this story (maybe because it isn’t 100% fiction?)… And I was able to post daily. I amazed myself. Of course, unfortunately, now that the challenge is over, I’m empty again. Right back into the slump.
Writing so many posts before the start of April helped me enormously. Last year, I wrote every post the night before and I was a giant stress ball. (Of course, last year I decided to do two themes so that was totally idiotic.)
However, despite thought #2, I’m glad I didn’t write all of my posts before April. And I’m glad I didn’t schedule any of them before the challenge began. I like to proofread everything a hundred times… and edit… and make every post the best I possibly can. And I like to read along with all of you throughout the month. Scheduling them all ahead of time kind of feels like I’m not even doing the challenge… so what’s the point?
I wasn’t great about keeping up with others’ challenge posts the whole time. It wasn’t just working on my own posts… it was also my life… my mind… my heart. All of which are a messy and broken.
I really like the way the challenge was managed this year… with the Master List and the daily lists for each letter throughout the challenge. I think it worked really well. I liked it way more than commenting with my post link every day on the a-to-z blog. I kind of hated that.
I am very curious which characters or parts of the story you thought were my reality vs. my fiction. Please share! I really want to know. I thought about making a whole separate post asking this very thing… and maybe I will still do that. But please do share here!
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Thanks to everyone for the kindness and support throughout this challenge. I have created a post with a list of links to all of my a-to-z posts. In alphabetical order, of course. [That post will be live shortly.]
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