2018 A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal
It’s time for the 2018 A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal.
But first, what is the A-to-Z Challenge? It’s a one month blogging challenge that takes place in April. Twenty-six blogs on twenty-six days. Twenty-six letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter. One central theme. Any category.
(Post every day except Sundays. Except if the 1st is a Sunday, then write on Sunday, April 1st. No Fooling!)
Last year was my first year, though the challenge has been around since 2010. I stumbled upon it by accident and signed onto a group (the wonderful blogchatter group). I wrote twenty-six blogs on writing and marketing tips, which I later consolidated and published as an ebook available here.
This year, I debated on whether to enter. I couldn’t imagine writing another twenty-six tips. Do you know how hard it is to find a writing tip for J? (I cheated and used, Journey, The Hero’s)
Then a case of insomnia revealed my theme.
2018 A-to-Z Challenge Theme Reveal
Let me explain, and we’ll get to the theme in a minute (after these commercial messages).
When I can’t fall asleep, I head for the couch. One night the lights from the microwave, stove and cable box seemed to burn brighter than normal, and I started playing the writer’s game of “What If?” What if they weren’t lights but cameras? And someone watched my every move? What if I had a character who thought that and no one believed him? What if I could put a Twilight Zone twist on the end?
Playing a little further, what if the character lived in a retirement community where reality clashes with the unexplained? I live in a retirement community and I’ve witnessed a bunch of strange things. What if I wrote about what I know?
Thus, twenty-six stories were born set in the fictional village of Twilight, Arizona. The blurb for the series is:
Twilight, Arizona, on the road between Phoenix and Las Vegas, where reality clashes with the unexplained.
Almost each one contains a grain of a story that has happened to me or I’ve witnessed. All of the endings are not what you’d expect.
I’m excited about presenting the cast of wacky, elderly characters to you (some show up in more than one story). If you’re looking for a cross between Lake Woebegone Days, The Golden Girls, and The Twilight Zone, I’ll see you in this space on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Old is Gold
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Interesting!!! I will look forward to your posts. This is my first time as well. Do visit my blog as well. Also I would use fee writing tips. I will download your e book right now.
So different from your theme of last year. I love reading fiction during the challenge and I find it such challanging challenge 😉
Have a fantastic April!
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Looking forward to visiting with the residents of Twilight, Arizona during the A to Z challenge.
Most intriguing and mysterious – must follow to read this April. All the best with it Cheryl
Look forward to your posts. I’ve almost decided against entering the challenge this year. Work is crazy in April and it should be fun, not stressful. But I will enjoy reading.
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The secret was finding the twist at the end of the story first instead of writing the story and wondering how I could change the ending.
Thanks for visiting!
The Twilighters? The Twilitians? They were fun to write and most events are based on what I’ve experienced (except the twisty endings. They evolved on their own).
Ooooh! Thanks for the download. I’m gathering information for my next non-fiction writing advice book based on comments and feedback from social media.
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Seems interesting. Looking forward to it. All the best, Cheryl. 🙂