On Having Done @AprilAtoZ And @StoryADayMay

I did. Yes, I did. I did back-to-back month-long blog challenges.

And I’m glad! Glad, do you hear me? Glad! Glad! Glad!

— Thank you, Miss Crawford. You may go, now. —


A-to-ZI did the April A-to-Z challenge one year (maybe two), and I skipped it to do the Story A Day in May challenge, and this year I did both.


Well, that’s what I kept asking myself.

And here’s my answer:

  • Because I blog every day anyway, and doing the challenges puts me in company with other people who blog every day.
  • storyadaymayBecause it’s interesting to see how other people approach and fulfil the challenge.
  • Because the A to Z challenge gives me practice in writing short posts and themed posts.
  • Because Story A Day forces me to sit down at the same time every day and knock out a story without second-guessing myself over every little detail.

Each one is like an extended writing exercise done out in public, with people you don’t even know cheering you on. It’s great!

Will I do them both again next year? No. No way. Absolutely not. Are you kidding me?

In other words, YES.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character accepts two challenges.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “On Having Done @AprilAtoZ And @StoryADayMay

  1. Jane

    June 2, 2014 at 9:44am

    Congratulations, indeed!

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