Friday, May 3, 2013

Blogging from A-Z Report


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.


  1. Congrats on completing and a wonderful reflection post.


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

  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!

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

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

  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!

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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

  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