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April A to Z Theme Reveal!

atoz-theme-reveal-2015Last year, on a complete whim, the WriteOnSisters signed up for the “Blogging From A to Z Challenge.” We had no plan, no theme, just a vague idea that we’d craft a post based on each letter of the alphabet and that it would have something to do with writing, because we’re a writing blog. And… go! Not only did we survive the month and post every day (except Sundays, as per the challenge rules), we made friends with other bloggers and found some great blogs to follow. That’s not to say it was easy. A post a day is a lot of work, so we decided for 2015 we needed a strategy, which is basically this:

#1 – WRITE SHORTER POSTS

Our regular blog posts run around 800 words, sometimes longer, but for the April A to Z Challenge, shorter is better. Not only because it will take us less time to write, but because it will take you less time to read. That leaves everyone with more time to visit other blogs in the challenge.

#2 – BE HELPFUL

We have all kinds of posts on WriteOnSisters, from book reviews to writing tips to inspirational messages to writer’s life advice. Especially in our initial year of blogging, when we first did the A to Z Challenge, we were still figuring out what worked for us. Now in year two we’ve seen a pattern emerge – our most popular posts cover writing craft. So that’s what we will focus on for this year’s challenge.

#3 – PICK A THEME

Sure, the A to Z thing is already a theme of sorts, but having a more specific subject helps focus our posts and let people know what to expect. Now, without further ado, our theme for 2015’s Blogging From A to Z Challenge is…

BLASTOFF to STELLAR WRITING

Get ready for writing tips, rocket ships, and deep space thoughts! Each post will consist of:

  • 3 quick tips on one aspect of writing (i.e. conflict, stakes, narrators, etc.)

  • 2 examples of good technique

  • 1 resource for more in-depth help

By the end of the month, your writing will be primed to take off!

Pack your spacesuit and freeze-dried snacks, and we’ll see you in April!

 Don’t forget to pop over to the linky list and check out the other themes.

For a list of our 2014 A to Z Challenge posts, click here.

 

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Heather Jackson

Heather is a cartoon screenwriter, YA novelist, small town fugitive, and late-blooming gymnast. For more, visit her website at heatherjacksonwrites.com or follow her on Twitter @HeatherJacksonW

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  1. Kathy

    Finally, a reason to practice writing more with less! Come on over, friends!

  2. Veronica Martinez

    I like your proposed layout for the posts.

    1. Heather Jackson

      Thanks, Veronica! We’re excited to get started… holy moly, it’s tomorrow! I can’t believe the first post goes live in two hours!

  3. LuAnn Braley

    My A-Z has a writing theme as well, but it is for my WIP. I look forward to reading your posts Can you believe it starts T.O.M.O.R.R.O.W.?

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi LuAnn,
      I know! So many posts left to write and format! I saw your reveal, I think you have a great idea for your A – Z blog posts. I’ll be stopping in to see how things are going for you tomorrow. : )

  4. Diane

    Hi Robin – I love your theme. I’ll be sure to be back everyday to check your advice as I’m a wannabe author. 🙂

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Diane,
      Thanks! We worked hard on coming up with something and threw out a few other ideas before landing on Blastoff! Your mystery theme is going to be fantastic, I can’t wait for Wednesday.

  5. betty

    You are right, keep posts short 🙂 Seems like you have a good theme laid out for this year! enjoy!

    betty

  6. Sue Archer

    Happy to find you through Alex’s theme roundup post, ladies! I’ve been browsing through your posts, and they are wonderful. Looking forward to reading all your tips on writing as we go through the Challenge. 🙂

    Sue Archer
    Doorway Between Worlds

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Sue,
      I saw your reveal the other day and it looks amazing! I don’t know about you, but I’m petty excited! I feel like it’s going to be a fun month. There are so many fantastic blogs this year. I’ve been adding to my blog list and twitter follows all week. : )

  7. Shawn Griffith

    Looking forward to April and your wonderful tips! This is my first year to participate and I’m getting really excited about it!

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Shawn,
      I think you’ll have a great time. You meet fantastic people and you learn a lot. The topics are so diverse, it’s fun to read the posts everyday.

  8. Christopher D. Votey

    Sounds like a very good theme. I too am doing a theme dedicated to writer education. My these this year will be similar to mine last year, doing literary terms of the new age, discussing elements of psychology, physics, game therapy, biology, and so much more.

    I look forward to seeing what you do, and I invite you to check me out.

    http://writing.chrisvotey.com

    1. Heather Jackson

      Fantastic! Looking forward to your blog posts too. I need a literary terms refresher. 🙂

  9. Claudia H. Blanton

    Hi, Heather, love the idea of the theme first of all, and I conquer that shorter posts work better. Oh and the poster is fantastic! Looking forward to reading everyone’s posts, hugs and see you on twitter!

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Claudia,
      My husband did the layout on the image we’re using, but I’ll pass on your kind message.

  10. Yvonne

    Love the 3-2-1 concept! Sounds like a great strategy with useful content.

    Yvonne

    1. Writeonsisters.com

      Thanks, Yvonne. Glad you like the theme. And we are huge fans of writer productivity tips, so we will have an eye on all your A to Z posts!

  11. Gene'O

    Love it, and sounds like you learned your lesson last year just as well as I did. I did not exactly jump in on a whim — my lovely sister more or less roped me into it. But I went in equally unprepared and had the same experience with the making of friends and all (obviously).

    Decided to see what A to Z might do for me if I go in prepared this year. It’s shaping up to be an awesome thing.

    Feel free to run amok with #geekpastiche on the days when you’re posting about rocket ships. Or any day, really.

    Just over here snagging a link to your reveal for a little mischief I am putting together for tomorrow, so decided to go ahead and read the post 🙂

    Write On, Sisters!

    1. Writeonsisters.com

      Are you taking over the world again, Gene’O? The sound of maniacal laughter fills the air…. We all love it when you get another one of your ideas! Can’t wait to see what mischief you cook up.

  12. Rebecca Douglass

    Great theme! I’ll be checking in on this one!

    1. Writeonsisters.com

      Thanks, Rebecca. I love your blog name. : )

  13. Leetah Begallie

    Great theme! Excited to add some more tips and tricks to my writing toolbox 🙂

    1. Writeonsisters.com

      Hi Leetah,
      We love writing tips and tricks here, and we’re always excited to share!

  14. Anne Marie Schlueter

    Hey there! So excited to see what creativity happens here this April, what a fabulous theme! =)

    1. Robin Rivera

      We’re so glad you like it! We have some fun treats in store.

  15. Patricia Lynne

    Awesome theme. I’ll be back for the challenge.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    1. Robin Rivera

      Great to have you with us. I’ll be checking out your posts in both places. : )

  16. Part Time Monster

    Oh yay!!

    1. Robin Rivera

      Thanks, Diana. Glad you like it. I’m excited about what you have in store for us. : )

  17. Charlotte

    I am heading over to my space shuttle suited up and ready for a ride into the world of writing craft. Your theme is great and helpful for an amature writer like me.

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Charlotte,
      Glad you could join us. Make sure you close the airlocks. We don’t want any laptops floating away. : )

  18. Lori L. MacLaughlin

    Writing tips are always useful. Getting my spacesuit on!

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for joining us. This is shaping up to be a great crew!

  19. Hannah G

    This has ME written all over it. Looking forward to reading! 😀

    1. Robin Rivera

      Good to have you aboard, Hannah. BTW I love your theme. I was over there about an hour ago. : )

    2. Heather Jackson

      Excellent! And I look forward to learning all about LGBT+ comics characters from you!

  20. Sabina

    This is a great idea! Sometimes shorter posts are hard for me too, but it’s true that they’re easier/faster to read when there’s SO much to read during the A-Z Challenge.

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Sabina, That is so true. I’ve been reading reveal blogs for over two hours and didn’t make a dent in the list. And I’m not even commenting on most of them, just liking, tweeting, bookmarking my favorites and jumping to the next one. I don’t know how I’ll be able to see them all. Love your idea, the college years are so formative. I’m looking forward to reading. : )

  21. DL Hammons

    I’ve passed my pre-flight physical and I’m ready to head for the stars! 🙂

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi DL,
      Fantastic. I have Fisher Space Pens for everyone. Zero gravity is such a beast! : ) Glad to have you along for the ride.

  22. Alex Hurst

    I’m glad you guys (gals!) went with this theme, as you write writing craft posts really well. It’ll be great to get a whole series from you in April! (And hey, you could even turn it into an ebook later! 😉 )

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

    1. Robin Rivera

      Hi Alex, I stopped by both your blogs this morning. : ) Looking forward to reading all the posts.

  23. Heather

    Hey Heather,

    Since this is my first year doing A to Z, thanks for the tips! I’ve kind of already figured out the ‘write shorter posts’ one after trying to do some advance writing! It’s tough to get that much down for 26 posts, so I’m capping it around 300 words. Quicker to write, quicker to read just like you said.

    I also like your theme for 3-2-1, that makes total sense to make a formula. That way you’ve got a structure to work with. Sounds like you’ve definitely got some good advice for writers.

    I’m looking forward to learning from you guys, bring on A to Z!

    1. Heather Jackson

      Hi Heather! You’re welcome for the tips! Yes, shorter is better. And one day I aspire to have enough traveling under my belt to complete the A to Z challenge with worldly adventures just like you guys! 🙂

  24. Rosie Amber

    Great idea for the challenge, have fun.

    1. Heather Jackson

      Thanks, Rosie! We will. Looks like you have a great theme too with your 26 characters of 26 books.

  25. Carrie-Anne

    Having a theme is always so helpful, particularly when you’ve planned it well in advance and had time to edit your posts. I’m continuing with a theme which isn’t related so strongly to my own writing, to make my posts more interesting and accessible to the average new reader.

    1. Heather Jackson

      Thanks, Carrie-Ann! I look forward to reading your posts and learning lots about history!

  26. Princess of Dragon

    Dropping by from the A to Z challenge from over at Princess of Dragons! LOVE the theme and I look forward to dropping by during the month to see what interstellar writing tips and tricks you have.

    1. Heather Jackson

      Thanks! And I look forward to dragon training and fantasy writing tips from you!

      1. Robin Rivera

        I second that! Dragons and fantasy writing tips sounds like a winning match up.

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