April 2015 #IWSG – A-to-Z put aside this year for other pursuits

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I did the A-to-Z challenge this time last year…

It was fun, challenging, and time-consuming. It was work – and I have a lot of that. I’m busy with the Busan Writing Group following the release of our book – the group has talked about doing more content to share on the group blog. Some other members are doing Camp NanoWriMo for April. I know what I want to do – I want to write serial short fiction!

I’m taking it as a reduced-word-count NaNo – I’ve set 500 words as my daily goal in April. Sounds like a low number, yet it’s more than I normally get done per day. I write in huge, infrequent spurts, what can I say?

Instead of A-to-Z, I’m drafting around 10 short pieces, all set in the same universe, all following an overall arc, but each story will serve as an ‘episode’ of sorts. When pieces of this are revised and ‘approved’ by the writing group, they will appear as content on Write, or Else!, and I will link to them from the Writing Group Blog. We need more content to show off, so I’m getting ready to contribute.

Once pieces are drafted and revised at least once without help, I will run them through our regular weekly workshops. Only after a few runs through the group will they be posted – I’ve vowed never to publish anything that hasn’t seen critique from others. There is work on this very website that I published without help, and … it shows.

So that’s my excuse. As for why I haven’t gone and used the A-to-Z research I did last year on evil spirits … I don’t have a good excuse for that. I’ll only say that the research has fueled my creative process and will definitely be used in the novel I’m currently, s l o w l y, writing.

To all those who are doing A-to-Z – I’ll be stopping by your blogs! Keep up the good work – it’s a great experience and I do highly recommend seeing it through. You’ll be glad you did – I know I am.

#IWSG

 

 

Image: Andromeda Galaxy, from Wikimedia Commons

2 comments on “April 2015 #IWSG – A-to-Z put aside this year for other pursuits

  1. I doing Camp NaNo as well, so high five for camp buddies and I wish you luck with your short stories! I’m have chosen to do the A-Z challenge, but then I always liked putting more work on my shoulders. Little bit crazy like that. Reduced word count of course, but still.

  2. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Hi TCC! I’m visiting as an IWSG co-host today, and it’s always fun to come across new-to-me members of the IWSG! I haven’t tried the NanoWriMo or A to Z challenges yet . Thanks for sharing that you’re doing the April camp with a reduced count. I think that is encouraging because I’m a little intimidated by 50,000 words in one month! It’s like you’ve given me permission to lower the word count a little so I can feel like attempting it. Am I a rule follower, or what! LOL Maybe I will tackle it in November. Good luck with all you are doing; may you have a great time doing it!

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