Friday, May 3, 2013

Blogging from A-Z Report




Wooh.

I actually did it. I completed the A-Z blogging challenge for April.

Sure, I have a pile of laundry that can be seen from space, my children haven't eaten since March 31 and I should do some serious thinking about washing my hair, but I did it!

So, what did I learn this month?

Well...I learned about writing humor, of course! It was great having a theme which involved researching topics I wanted to learn more about. I've been working on this middle grade fantasy novel since...well, let's not put a number on how long, shall we? Suffice it to say, it's been a good while. And when I started it, it came out funny.

I mean, I never thought of myself as a humorous writer. Sure, I'm used to people laughing AT me all the time. But it took awhile for me to realize I was a funny person. And that I could...maybe...possibly write funny stuff.

Once I realized this was a possibility and, dare I say, a strength I was developing, I stumbled around in the dark finding humorous bits of writing lurking in my brain every now and then. But I wanted to be able to to be funny...on purpose. I wanted to look at a scene and know the best way to add more humor. Doing this theme for the challenge was a great step in that direction.

I learned about timing, how to write great similes and the K rule. I read many many articles written by brilliant comedians. And I made myself find a way to boil down what I was learning into blog posts. What a great month! And now I can tell when I sit down to work on my WIP my brain is starting to understand better how to add more humor to a scene.

Thanks to the organizers of this challenge. And thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my silly posts! I really really appreciate it.

Ok. Now to wash some underwear, throw a handful of carrots at the kids and scrub my scalp.

9 comments:

  1. Congrats on completing and a wonderful reflection post.

    Yvonne.
    A TO Z AMBASSADOR.

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  2. A-Z was great, super glad I got to meet you through it.

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  3. Congrats. I learned a few things from your posts too. Your posts are always fun and funny so it makes sense you can write humor into your stories. I didn't think I could write humor either, but I took a class on it at a conference and came up with some lines in my books that actually have made people laugh. Imagine that!

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  4. Congrats on the finish!!
    I really enjoyed your blog posts and all the fun information that you shared with us.

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  5. Congrats! I've enjoyed reading your delightful series. Thanks.

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  6. Congratulations on making it through the Challenge. Self-discovery can be a great outcome from something like A to Z. It's a great time for experimenting. I envy anyone who can pull off humor successfully.
    Thanks for participating!

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Congrats on finishing the challenge! Sounds like you got a lot out of it. Always a good thing. Hope your kids like carrots. ;-)

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  8. LOL one of the best wrap up post I've read!!!!!!
    I had a great time. I'm looking forward to doing this again next year.
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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