The A-to-Z Blogging Challenge was an interesting discovery. As soon as I learned about it, I knew I wanted to do it. I put the badge on this site before I even knew what I wanted to blog about! The idea of Evil Spirits came to me as I remembered my most recent foray into NaNoWriMo and the creatures that had barred my hero’s way in that story. They were all generic evil demons, created from my own love of dark fantasy, with not much real rhyme or reason for harassing the hero. Thus the idea came to study notions of evil spirits from around the world.
As research for my novel, the A-to-Z challenge was great. I got a feel for seeking out and taking in different ideas for my stories, and I got a chance to write a little something for each find. Determined not to copy-paste, I made sure to reword my findings as much as I could, so that the info would be presented in my voice. I was able to share lots of cool things this way, and I can hardly complain about the flood of new visitors it brought in.
I found some other posts from past A-to-Z challenges in my adventure, and those were extremely helpful. From this year, my favorites were Moon, Light, and Shadow (the author had a theme very similar to mine, and did it extremely well) and and e-bookbuilders (which featured some very awesome and useful information for writers).
I’ve already decided that I will try the challenge next year. I’ll try something a little more directly and obviously related to writing – may be I’ll even do a themed series of super short fiction, as I’ve seen other authors do for this challenge.
Anyway, I’m very satisfied with the A-to-Z Challenge, and my thanks go out to the organizers for setting it in motion and bringing bloggers together!