I had participated in the 2015 challenge and couldn’t go beyond the letter G. So, I was fully aware of how tough the challenge is going to be. This year I had decided to not sign up for the challenge. But, I accidentally participated in an AtoZ Twitter chat and I knew I had to sign up. There is too much fun in the challenge and even if I do not complete it, I would love the journey. And so, I signed up with no goals, no themes in mind.
But I saw many bloggers preparing for the challenge and it egged me on to make an effort. I made a complete list of A to Z of books I loved and authors I recommend. That is what I had planned in the theme reveal too. But again, fickle me, changed it to short stories of a couple who are very unlike each other. This was my theme last year and so I went back to my last year’s notes and started all over again.
Initially I started off by writing a story a day in advance and scheduling it. But, as my work increased and I was spending 12-14 hours at work, I was on the verge of giving up. But, nudges from the blogging community at Blog-a-Rhythm, Writetribe and Theblogchatter.com ensured, I decided to walk the extra mile. This ensured, I did not miss a single day. There were some good stories, some bad, some I was proud of and some that made me cringe, but I wrote them all. At the end, I was ecstatic. Not just because I completed a challenge for the first time, but I realised that I could focus and write even when I felt I could not write. I also started setting aside half an hour in the mornings for writing. I am looking at a future writing short stories.
My characters, Dia and Sameer, who were never described and profiled, gathered a fan following beyond my imagination. If only, I could also illustrate them. Most of the readers could identify with them. The moments they shared were commonly acknowledged. I had found it difficult to respond to all the comments, but if it were not for the comments, I would have dropped off the challenge. Thank you all my dearest readers. You held my hand and helped me survive the challenge.
Each day, I would visit 15-20 other blogs which I loved visiting. Also, a few new blogs on each day. I have commented and shared blogs that I enjoyed. By the end of the journey, I gave up on commenting, but I shared all the blogs.
It was a roller-coaster ride for me but I look forward to the next year. My theme is ready.