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Debriefing on the A to Z Blog Challenge

As a writer, I love a creative challenge. Deadlines somehow inspire me. Maybe this is a bonus from my days in journalism school, beat-writing under the gun.

It’s not that I save things for the last minute. It’s not about procrastination. I think I just strive for structure. 

Each April, the A to Z Blogging Challenge lets the calendar give writers a timely nudge.

Despite holding more than a dozen daily or weekly feature and news beat assignments, I love to take somewhat of a sabbatical each spring and blog my little heart out. Blogging offers the ultimate form of creative freedom.

This spring, I completed the A to Z Blogging Challenge with six blogs.

Sometimes I sat and scratched my head, seeking subjects for daily blog entries. At other times, the creative process flowed much more easily.

A to Z Blogging Challenge finishers: 
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if you wish. 
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Thank you.

I am glad I committed to doing the A to Z Challenge in April.

It feels good to finish! I find it rewarding to reflect on an ambitious endeavor completed. Don’t we all?

Long-time British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965) said this about the dogged determination that leads to finishing:

“We shall neither fail nor falter.
We shall not weaken or tire.
Give us the tools,
and we will finish the job.”

The only drawback for me this year, reflecting on the April challenge, is this. I was unable to visit all of the participating blogs. (More than 1,600 blogs entered the event.)

Here’s the full list of Working in Words posts for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge.

  1. A to Z Writing: Accolades and Advertisements Lead to Advantages
  2. A to Z Writing: Blind Copies are Benevolent to Buddies
  3. A to Z Writing: CAPTCHA Codes Cause Caution
  4. A to Z Writing: Deadlines Deliver Determination
  5. A to Z Writing: Editing Enhances Excellence and Eliminates Errors
  6. A to Z Writing: Fewer vs. Less
  7. A to Z Writing: Gauging Gains with Great Goals
  8. A to Z Writing: Honest Work with House Organs
  9. A to Z Writing: Incredible Imagination
  10. A to Z Writing: Just Juggling Jobs
  11. A to Z Writing: Kill Fees and Kiss-Offs
  12. A to Z Writing: Laying Low with Language's Lies
  13. A to Z Writing: Misplaced Modifiers Make Mayhem or Mirth
  14. A to Z Writing: Noms de Plume Need No Introduction
  15. A to Z Writing: One-Sided Output is Optimum
  16. A to Z Writing: Public Domain Is Fair Game
  17. A to Z Writing: Quick Quiz on Correct Constructions
  18. A to Z Writing: A Reporter's Routine Revealed
  19. A to Z Writing: SASE Simplified
  20. A to Z Writing: Tags Are Tops for Topics
  21. A to Z Writing: Unnecessary Add-Ons Upset Understanding
  22. A to Z Writing: Varied Vocabulary Adds Volumes of Value
  23. A to Z Writing: Waiving Weak Wordings
  24. A to Z Writing: X Marks the Spot for Proofreading
  25. A to Z Writing: Yearning to Spin Yarns
  26. A to Z Writing: Zealous Zombies in Zany Ziggurats

Why not join us for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge next spring? It really is fun.

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  1. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and sharing your reflections. I'm following you now and hopefully, next year, we will do it again!

  2. Wow! You did it with 6 blogs - are you a machine? lol I just about survived it with the one :)

  3. Hi! My mission...which I chose to accept...was to continue to visit as many A to Z Challenge participants as I could even after the challenge is over because I didn't want to miss out on any great bloggers out there! Lovely blog...good luck with the rest of the year and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    Donna L Martin

  4. It's amazing how you managed to get around all these blogs.... did you have them pre-scheduled? Did you visit any blogs during the challenge?

    Congratulations on surviving!

    Roadtrip: On my way from A all the way to Z!
    English Speaking Zone


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