You know what, craziness happens once in a while. And it happened yesterday night. So the CBC, in which I am a member, announced about they will be distributing book as a prize for the April A to Z challenge.
And there were discussions that this weekend was the deadline. So suddenly a thought came up. Can I write 26 blog posts in 3-4 days time?
As crazy as it sounds, the very thought of it challenged me. So here I am. Announcing that I am taking up the A to Z challenge.
Actually, I got supportive comments from two of my fellow members (Bragadeesh and Shree Janani). That inspired me too. 🙂
But it does come up with a few challenges. All the posts has to be based on a theme.
So, we discussed micro fiction as a theme and it seems that it was ok.
So, I am trying to come up with rules for this challenge myself, so that I don’t end up cheating too much.
- So, it will be 26 short fiction
- Each post will be a minimum of 50 words
- It can be of different genre.
- The story would be edited, at least I would spend 10 minutes editing the stories.
Rule no. 5 : The story needs to be good. Worth reading. It need not be great. But a reader shouldn’t feel that her time was wasted.
Preparation for this challenge:
So, drilling down the challenge a bit, I would have to write 26 stories in 4 days. So that makes it 6.5 stories per day. So let’s approximate it to 7 short stories per day.
Yesterday, I started picking a few words in A to Z that immediately made me think. I noted down those words in Evernote. So that will save me sometime so that everytime I think of an alphabet, I need not go and search for a word. I have a pre-filled list to get it from.
Even if I have one story per hour, I need to spend 26 hours in just the story writing. With two weekdays and two weekend days, maybe I could pull in those hours.
The challenge is daunting, but somehow I feel I could make it till the end. Let’s see.
So my dear CBCians, that’s what is so great about a like minded group. I would like to thank you for this unintended writing marathon challenge.
I managed to finish writing 26 short stories in 7 days. Here are the stories that I have written as part of this challenge :
Please do take your time to read and drop in your comments. Thanks.