A to Z Challenge 2016 – Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]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.

17 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2016 – Reflections

  1. Congrats Lata, on surviving the A-Z Challenge this year! I loved your stories…I like Sunita’s idea of a blog dedicated to Dia and Sameer! Will wait to see that someday 🙂 Also a big thanks for visiting my blog every once in a while and leaving your comments there! Fantastic to know you’re already prepared for next year’s challenge. Thats the spirit!! Best wishes and hope to see more from you soon!

  2. Your characters are totally lovable and perhaps because you haven’t described them, we could all identify with them – you have captured the essence of marriage or a meeting of two minds without the “romance” and “mush”. I love your clean style where you go straight to the point and yet don’t land up being judgemental or advisory. I think you have created a couple that can be as iconic as Dennis the Menace or Andy Capp …….Don’t bother to illustrate the story and let everyone create their own image of your protagonists. You should dedicate a blog to them ” a day in the life of Sameer and Dia ” ???
    In any case don’t give up on them!

  3. I used to always say it during the challenge, and I’m saying it again. #TeamDia forever! 😁
    Congratulations on completing the challenge Lata! I really have enjoyed all your posts for the challenge! Just a suggestion: Please do keep these Dia and Sameer stories going on, on the blog? At least once or twice a month. They really are brilliant and cute 😊

  4. Congrats Lata for a successful AtoZ journey with the adorable Sameer and Dia in tow! Light-hearted and so relatable this couple won so many hearts! Thanks for visiting my posts and dropping encouraging comments. All the best to you and hope to read your book of short stories soon 🙂

  5. I loved your posts. I knew Sameer and Dia from last year but this year, I could relate to them on many occasions. Lata, maybe this a couple you should not let go. Maybe you can give wings to their lives via your blog. Keep writing!
    Congrats on completing the challenge!

  6. So wonderful to read about your experience.. I haven’t had a chance to reead your stories as I was away on vacation..will cath up now..don’t stop writing those short stories okay:)

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your posts, Mam. Dia and Sameer made me miss my husband and the lovely times we shared. I should read the last few posts from your blog, which I will.
    Many congratulations for finishing the challenge so spectacularly well! Bravo! 🙂
    Much love!

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