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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A TO Z SUPERIOR TO NANOWRIMO? A REFLECTION



A TO Z SUPERIOR TO NANOWRIMO?

Yes.

Why?


1.) NANOWRIMO is supposed to teach you how to keep deadlines 

by having you slap together words on a page just as fast as you can on a daily basis for a month --

after all, you can always go back and edit, right?

Structure is everything in building AND writing.  

A flawed foundation in either endeavor will destroy what you are trying to build.


2.)  A TO Z insists you not only write daily BUT without going back.  

EACH POST must be whole within itself, polished enough to entertain and amuse.

EACH POST must be fully edited each day -- no sloppy prose allowed.

 
3.) A TO Z insists you stay consistent to your theme, stretching your imagination to its utmost.  

EACH POST must be lean to encourage visitors to read your posts every day.

 
4.) NANOWRIMO is popular for the group spirit to it.  

A TO Z encourages bloggers to visit one another's blogs and comment,  

birthing a community feel to the endeavor superior to the "race" mind-set of NANOWRIMO.


5.) In that sense,  NANOWRIMO sets one blogger against another 

in a race of learning sloppy, destructive writing habits of just throwing words together for quantity not quality.

 
6.) A TO Z urges us to entertain daily with the best, most interesting prose we can write --

while visiting our old friends and making new ones!


WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Just because I wanted to hear it:

8 comments:

  1. I haven't participated in either one, but as a reader the A to Z challenge was definitely more fun for me. I certainly enjoyed yours.

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  2. Helena:
    I think A TO Z is more fun like you say -- and you grow as an ENTERTAINING writer in it. :-) And I'm glad you liked my posts!

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  3. I like A to Z for a few reasons: I get a collection of related posts, I add content to my blog which continues to bring in pageviews after the challenge, I learn something from other bloggers, and I maintain writing practice. To get excited about it though, I have to have a theme each time. Good points in your comparison, Roland!

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  4. Hi Roland - I couldn't agree more ... and the A-Z is a great way to post a book - which can then be taken over to Kindle or print. Also one does meet new friends, maintain that connection with regular bloggers, and have a friendly dialogue with blogging-friends ... getting to know people along the way.

    I really wouldn't like to do NaNo ... but I don't fall into your category # 3 ... I could do short .. but I prefer my posts to have a purpose and some meat or fish or dessert - whichever anyone wants.

    I enjoyed the process once again .. cheers Hilary

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  5. D.G.:
    Yes, A TO Z seems more substantive than the other month long blog fest -- your own points are well thought-out! :-)

    Hilary:
    But your posts are fun and I can see them becoming a fun book. :-)

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  6. I personally love NaNo - and whether I'm writing a novel during November or not, my first draft will inevitably be sloppy ... or more to the point, if I don't do it during November, it just won't get done. So NaNo is pretty much essential for me. But I also think the A to Z is totally awesome, and something I look forward to every year, even though I know it's a tough challenge each year too.

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  7. Trisha:
    I have no problem with the rough drafts being rough. :-) But to me, they still have to be well-thought out -- which is nearly impossible to do on the run as NaNo forces you to do. But that is just the old English teacher in me talking! LOL

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  8. Hello there.
    Congratulations on surviving the A-Z Challenge! I didn't get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I'm popping over today from the Road Trip.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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