Monday, May 7, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - an A to Z Blogging Challenge Reflection

Get yours, too!
How can I say this?

Hmmm...

This was definitely a challenge.  I enjoyed how so many of us did themes.  Like Clarissa Draper did her "Death by..." posts that left me in awe of the many ways people check out from this world.

I did my blog opera of Abigail (Abby) and Basil, a Cleanser and a Harvestor.  One an agent of Heaven, the other an agent of Hell.  The impossible love.  It was a post by post challenge for me, exercises to improve my writing one chunk at a time.  I made them up, allowing the characters more freedom with each post.  The drama unfolded for me as it did for the readers.  Seriously, I thought about the theme for a while but I pantsed this thing one letter at a time.

Readers enjoyed it.  Encouraged me.  And from doing this challenge, I am now working on their story, NEVERLOVE.  Talk about a birth of a novel!!

I wish I could think of ways to improve upon the challenge, but I have none.  The Linky list allowed for checking out different blogs.  The use of the Next Blog and Surprise Me buttons also made navigating to different blogs very easy.  THAT one was a huge plus.  Having multiple people working as co-hosts helped to spread the responsibility, ensured one person - alone - didn't get bogged down by the mundane busy-ness of the day-to-day planning, inquiries and erm, well, insanity :-)

The only thing that I wanted was more time in the day.  That, unfortunately, is not something the blogging challenge hosts can do anything about.  For the rest, I commend you all for a great and well planned challenge.

To the comments!  Were you a participant of the A to Z blogging challenge?  What are your thoughts, whether you participated or not?

43 comments:

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I am so glad I found you and your blog, Angela. You're a thoughtful and interesting person with a real talent with a pen. Not only do I enjoy visiting your blog, I love it when you drop by mine. So a big yay to A to Z for the introduction and best of luck with NEVERLOVE!

Creepy Query Girl said...

I'm so glad I participated even though it was challenging. So awesome that your posts fostered your creativity and encouraged you to write on!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome Angela. I enjoyed reading the posts by bloggers I follow. The challenge doesn't fit with Casey's and my blog so I didn't participate.

Jess said...

I didn't participate this year, but am so impressed with all of you who did!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, more time! i really enjoyed your story. Want to know how it ends now.

Angela Brown said...

Cathy, I loved stopping by your blog. You did a theme of honesty and added some humor and personality to boot. It was always insightful, thought-provoking and sometimes just made me laugh!!! I look forward to more visits :-)

Maria Zannini said...

I don't like to dismiss things that create community, but I deliberately avoided every blogger who did the A-Z thingy. It's not that I didn't want to visit my friends, but out of principle I couldn't visit one without the other. Because participating blogs had to post every day, it was a huge time suck better spent on more productive goals.

On the other hand, as my dear friend, and because I felt bad for not commenting on your A-Z, I'd like to offer you a full novel critique of the story you built last month (or any other manuscript you prefer).

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much. Visiting all the different blogs was so much fun and having this burst of creativity was a plus.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I admire all the people who took the challenge. I only blog once a week or so, so I couldn't do it, but you should feel proud! And congrats on getting a head start on a novel.

Angela Brown said...

It was good having lots of bloggers not participate. Nice to have a break from the A to Z digs and enjoy tips and wonderful agent highlights. :-)

LD Masterson said...

Kudos on finishing the challenge and I'm looking forward to the full story of Neverlove.

Raelyn Barclay said...

I like the idea of the A to Z challenge. I however never went beyond the people I regularly follow and even then didn't comment on each post. I just don't have that kind of time and sadly I think the challenge has become too big.

You created a story, a fantastic story, so it wasn't just an exercise for you. Kudos for getting all the way through.

Angela Cothran said...

I LOVE that a new novel came out of it. How cool is that?

M Pax said...

I'm glad you're developing your posts. They were wonderful. The hosts certainly had an enormous job and did wonderfully. It's a great event.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Jess. I wasn't sure if I could do it but it was fun participating. I really like that Survivor badge :-)

Angela Brown said...

Cool beans, Alex. I'm on it...working on chapters as I type :-)

Angela Brown said...

I can understand your point, Maria. Very good point, actually. And heck to the yeah!! I'll be in touch when I get NEVERLOVE done so you can beat it bloody with your red pen :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Barbara. Blogging daily can be time consuming. I don't know how people who do this regularly do it and keep their sanity...or do they? :-)

Angela Brown said...

LD! Thanks so much. I'm excited about this novel...so excited.

Angela Brown said...

I was intimidated by the blogging challenge when it was first being brought up but now that I've done it, I feel like a conqueror. lol!!!

I found some great blogs beyond my norm so that was a big plus.

Angela Brown said...

Very cool, Angela. Some of the most interesting things can be unexpected.

Angela Brown said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Kudos to the hosts!!!

Susan Oloier said...

I really enjoyed your unfolding story (and now novel), Angela. Congrats on finishing the Challenge and on birthing a novel. One I'm very much looking forward to reading.

Nicole said...

Yes, I was a participant in the Challenge. We did it! Woohoo! :)
You already know my thoughts on it all, so I'm just glad to have met you through the challenge and also glad I read your reflections post because I don't think I'm familiar with Clarissa Draper's "Death by..." series, so I may check that out sometime this week.

I liked the variety of blogs and also enjoyed the fact that everyone prepared for and took on the challenge in their own way...some scheduled posts while others decided to wing it and the rest of the participants did something in between. I think you handled the challenge well by taking it one post at a time. That approach worked out for your writing and now you have a story with characters that readers are already attached to. Nothing gets better than that!

Cheers :)

~Nicole
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Clarissa Draper said...

Yes, I really enjoyed your story. Definitely keep going! Thanks for the mention. You're superb.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Angela, I'm glad it's over, but glad I participated.
I like the concept of your story - opposites that attract.
It's a wonderful thing when we get something we can use out of a challenge.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Seems like pretty much everyone felt the same way - not enough time to check out all the fabulous blogs!

Kelley Lynn said...

Yay for Neverlove!! I can't wait for the finish :)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Susan. So many wonderful things came from this challenge. I'm so thrilled.

Angela Brown said...

You hit the nail on the head about the variety. That's why I'm glad I am now a follower of your blog. I write but you have so much going on that I can enjoy and relate to...the beauty in variety.

Brooke R. Busse said...

I basically did the same thing Raelyn did about the A-Z Challenge.

Shelley Munro said...

I didn't participate but the posts that I visited were so varied even with the same theme. It was interesting reading the different posts.

J.C. Martin said...

You pantsed your story as you went along? That's pretty impressive. And isn't it wonderful how the Challenge inspired a novel in you? Would definitely like to find out more about Abby and Basil ... especially Basil. :)

Siv Maria said...

Cruising around on remote control and trying to catch up, that seems to be a challenge in itself :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Like you, the only thing I would have changed was the amount of time I had to enjoy the challenge. There were so many awesome posts and so little time . . .perhaps next year I'll figure out a way to visit more? I hope so. Loved your reflections post!

Leslie Rose said...

Following your NEVERLOVE posts was a blast. The story stuck with me. I wish I'd had more time to go a visitin'.

Anonymous said...

Go for it, with the novel!
The number of participants made it difficult to choose who to visit. Maybe a category thing which would narrow it down a bit - but how to choose the categories?

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulation on finishing the challenge. During the challenge I didn't visit as many blogs as I would like to but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with the reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

Evalina, This and that...

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