A to Z Reflections Post

 
This year's A to Z was very intense for me. I had resolved to write a new story for every day of the challenge. As always with my writing, I ended up with about 18-19 flashes of inspiration, a few pieces that were actually self contained flash fictions, two reprints and a poem.  The fact that I made it through the month was a feat in itself. I was really struggling near the end there.
 
I had planned to pre-write all of my stories beforehand so that I would have more time to visit other blogs, comment, overall be a good blogger buddy. None of that really worked out. I got six stories pre-written, pulled the rest out of my butt as I went along, and really struggled with the visiting part.
 
I'm an introvert in real life, and that bleeds over into my blogging life. According to some definitions, introverts expend energy when interacting with other people, and need time to "recharge" afterwards. That's how I feel much of the time in real life, and that's how I was feeling during the challenge. I really wanted to interact with everyone more, but there were so many participants this year, and the task just seemed too daunting. I really did stop by and read many wonderful posts, but I always have a mental freak out when it's time to leave a comment. In addition to being an introvert, I have a fear of saying the wrong things to people, so I skip the commenting part, and then feel bad when I don't leave a comment.
 
Anyway, that got a little off topic, but it's just an insight into the mind of Jennifer, and why you never see her leaving comments.
 
I don't really have any suggestions to the madmen who organize and run the challenge every year. Really the whole thing is what you make of it.
 
I'd like to give a shout out to a few of the blogs that I enjoyed in particular during the A to Z.
 
Melanie Shultz wrote super short fictions of 150 words each (give or take a few) every day of the month. She was really inspiring, and caused a little jealousy on my part, in the way she got so much out of so little. She also just released her first novel on May 1st.
 
Colleen of Colleen's Write Brain had a really interesting theme this year. Each night she would go to sleep thinking of a word that began with the next days letter, and then she would write about her dreams. I don't think any of her dreams had anything to do with the words she was thinking of, but the descriptions of her dreams are funny, creepy, sad, cringe-inducing and sometimes just plain weird.
 
J A Bennett had  a lot of great tips on becoming a better blogger.

Comments

  1. I also intended to prewrite everything for A-Z, but it didn't work out that way. Still, we both got through it!

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    1. Yes. We made it! I'm a master procrastinator. I tend to think that I write better under pressure, but it might just be because under pressure is the only time I write.

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  2. I managed to pre-write most of what I posted, and it's a good thing I did. Otherwise, I'd have dropped out about halfway through. The visiting part was hard. I wanted to revisit the blogs I followed before, the new blogs I started following, and the ones I hadn't explored yet. Could not be done every day. And, yes, leaving comments is hard sometimes. But sometimes a nice hello is all that's needed.

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    1. Right around X I was thinking of giving up, but I was already to X! How could I give up then?

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  3. Trust me, you have nothing to be jealous of; I think I enjoyed your shorts as much as you did mine. Thank you so much for the shout out, and I know what you mean about the commenting. There's so much lost there in the lack of body language that I'm always afraid people will misunderstand my Hey, that was cool! for an obnoxious comment, when I really just meant: Hey, that was cool.

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    1. Yeah, the whole "Cool post" comment makes me feel like an idiot, even if I did read the whole post and I really did think "Cool post!"

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  4. you achieved a lot this last month. And yes! I loved Melanie's flash fictions too!

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  5. Pat yourself on the back, you did a great job, and I think it's a learning process, next year will be awesome!

    Writing a short each day is an exceptional goal! You did beautifully!

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  6. Congratulations on the completion of the Challenge,
    also a great reflection post.

    Yvonne.
    A TO Z AMBASSADOR

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your daily stories, and congratulations on finishing the challenge. I too had days when the inspiration flowed and days when it clogged.

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    1. It's hard to go for a month, trying to keep up the flow of words.

      Thanks for all the great comments you left when you visited.

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  8. Thanks for the mention! *blushing*

    I completely feel the same about being an introvert and leaving comments and wanting to interact but all of it being a little stressful. I actually found myself feeling a little relieved the days when I got few to no comments, since it lessened the feeling of overwhelm which dominated the whole month. It's nice the list stays up, I'm hoping to visit more blogs...but slowly...

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    1. There were so many blogs participating, that it's impossible to get around to them all. It's nice that they keep the list up so you can visit more of them in your own time.

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  9. I agree with the stress of leaving comments. I do it but always wonder if I have offended--especially on blogs that I either don't have any idea what they are talking about (and unfortunately there are a lot of those since I don't read sci-fi, watch TV or write anything other than on my blog) or disagree with what they said. Sometimes I just drop in and fade back out without leaving a trace--sort of like a Boy Scout camping. :)

    Congrats on finishing the challenge, and for even writing a reflections post. I agree you get what you make of it. I am dropping by on the road trip. Nice to meet you! :)
    tm
    zoecottage.blogspot.com

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