#IWSG #AtoZChallenge – A follow-up to my 2nd A-to-Z Challenge

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It was an interesting and fun month!

I did an A-to-Z challenge back in 2014 with a fantasy theme. At the time I had a fantasy novel on my mind, but I lacked the drive I needed to really get it finished. I ended up with a blog full of scary fantasy creatures, but no writing to show how I was using them.

This year, I’m happy to say, things were very different. I have Far Flung in the works, a serial science fiction story that I am releasing on my other blog, piece by piece. Less than a week before the A-to-Z challenge was about to start, I realized something. I was too late for the theme reveal, but I could still do it. I could tie in A-to-Z with my serial fiction, and get A-to-Z to help me with research!

I decided to do the A-to-Z Challenge with a sci-fi theme. Will I use all those sci-fi ideas in Far Flung? Probably not. But I’ll use a lot of them. It certainly doesn’t hurt to know that much more about this genre I claim I can write in!

One downside, I suppose, was that I was late posting the latest chapter for Far Flung. I haven’t been super strict about its release schedule (something I need to change about myself) but I still want to get two parts out every month. Now I think I need a break from Far Flung – I’ve been writing it as I go so far, with most of the planning in my head. Not a great way to work, I know, but it’s kept me writing at least. However, I desperately need a buffer of three or four chapters of Far Flung before I post the next one.

That is my key lesson from A-to-Z – the importance of researching and pre-scheduling posts! So I’m taking a month away from posting Far Flung, but that won’t mean I’m not working on it!

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I love what I’ve seen from other A-to-Z folks.

There were a lot of great thoughts on writing over at CR Ward’s Writing Journal, Liz Brownlee wrote poetry every day over at her blog, and Ally Bean made me hungry with humorous posts about food. Of course there were many, many more participants, so be sure to stop by some of their blogs.

Thanks to everyone in both IWSG and the A-to-Z Challenge. You are wonderful communities to share with!

 

 

5 comments on “#IWSG #AtoZChallenge – A follow-up to my 2nd A-to-Z Challenge

  1. That would be a lot of writing to use all of those.
    This year was the first I’ve actually had a science fiction them although I’ve written it for years…
    The A to Z Challenge Reflections list opens live Monday morning – be sure to add a link to this post.

  2. aandj8804 says:

    Best of luck writing your story and getting caught up! I think everyone gets behind during A-Z. 😉 It’s too easy not to.

    • TCC Edwards says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! My A-to-Z posts tend to be on the long side, from what I’ve seen, but I like being picky and putting a certain level of effort in!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. randommusings29 says:

    Good luck with the book! I love the idea of researching your genre, as you say it’s handy to know more about it, even if you don’t use every idea
    Debbie

  4. I’ve seen a couple others mention combining the challenge with their current book/project. Love this idea – maybe next time!

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