I've joined the 2013 A to Z Challenge and this will be my second year (click on the link for more information). When I finished last year, I told myself that I would not be doing it again. It was hard and I was exhausted by the end. It took me more than a month to recuperate and start writing again.
But, here I am starting this year's challenge. My purpose for participating this year is to motivate myself to more actively pursue my art. I had never considered myself a writer or photographer - they were simply hobbies. My professional career is intense and stressful and it can easily consume me if I allow it. It's difficult for me to make time to write and work on my photography. I have really been trying, though. I'm taking both my writing and photography to a new level, I'm working on a variety of projects and I am totally excited about this opportunity. The A to Z Challenge is perfect for helping me stay focused as I move forward as a writer and photographer.
This year, I went about the Challenge in a completely different way. I am beginning by taking and editing photographs. When I create a final version, I change the format so that the photograph will actually upload to Blogger and then insert it into a blank post. Then, I just start writing while using the photograph as my inspiration. I take the theme that emerged, title my post and then schedule it to publish on the appropriate day.
When I create my photographs and begin writing, I have no idea what letter of the alphabet I am writing for. It's just sort of happening for many of the posts. I only have a few completed and I'm sure they may not all be this easy but so far, it has been a wonderful way to work fluidly and be in the moment. This is really working for me and I'm finding that I'm enjoying creating my posts a lot more than I did last year. I've discovered this to be one of the nice things about participating in the Challenge again - I'm learning about myself throughout the process.