I first heard about the A to Z Challenge five years ago – soon after I started blogging on Blogger. I thought it was a fantastic idea and eagerly awaited the next April so I could join in with the challenge. The last four years I’ve taken part in the challenge, and have had fun doing so.
This year I wanted to give y’all a decision in what theme I choose – or even if I do the challenge at all. (For those of you who don’t know, thousands of bloggers sign up and post each day in April except for Sundays. Each blogger chooses a theme, then writes a post that goes with that theme and starts with a letter of the alphabet.)
Here are the ideas I had for this A to Z Challenge. I’d be very delighted if you would vote on the poll (below). Thanks!
- Writing tips – I don’t claim to be an accomplished author, but I have learned some helpful things about writing during the last decade, and it would be fun to compile some of that knowledge into a month-long series
- Behind the scenes, brainstorming goofs, and snippets, etc… from the Echoes series.
With this challenge I’d get to share some of the fun stories of how I’ve come up with characters, plots, etc…. for my current WIP. Plus maybe share some bloopers (such as ideas that were horrible), my Pinterest boards, character interviews, and the list goes on.
- Highlighting my favorite books – Because really: Books are amazing. And there are thousands of them out there. And I like to talk about books a lot.
- Random challenges. Y’all would submit challenges and I’d add some of my own. I’d put all (or most) of the challenges into a container before the month starts, then randomly pull one out each day and complete it, then blog about it the next day. It would be a fun, plus I’d get to stay on my toes to make sure I accomplished the challenge each day. (Challenge examples: Give one of my books to a random person, Write a short story, Eat only green and red foods for a day, Vlog about when I found out my first book was going to be published, Find a random person to interview for my blog, Etc…)
- Spend the day with a character. What reader doesn’t dream of meeting some of the characters they’ve gotten to know? With this challenge I’d imagine an interview, luncheon, etc… with my favorite characters from different books, and then blog about it. I suppose that’s considered fanfic? (I really don’t know, cause I’ve never done anything like this before.)
- None – You should skip the challenge this year