April’s Blogging Challenge

atoz-theme-reveal-2016 v2Last year, I joined the A-Z Blogging Challenge and enjoyed it so much that I am doing it again. In the year since the challenge, life has had it’s ups and downs, yet I’m still here, blogging away.

Today is Theme Reveal Day for the A-Z Challenge.

When I started this last year, it was too late to have a theme, so I winged it. The experience was interesting, to say the least. Having a theme would have made many things so much easier.

What is my theme for this year’s challenge?

Good question!

This idea of having a theme has been on my mind for several weeks and yet, I have nothing definitive in mind.

Some of my thoughts include:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – I’m certain I could find so many things to share with my readers, but this is a difficult topic to be sure.

Journaling – My first love. Although journaling is a fairly straightforward idea with many facets, is there enough to write about for an entire month? Maybe.

Earth Month – This is not my idea although I could “borrow” it. The official Earth Day is Friday, April 22. However, one thought is that we make every day Earth Day, at least for the month of April.

As you can see, I have so many ideas that I have no clue which one to pick. Perhaps I will have a multi-theme this year and have a different theme for each day of the week.

April is still ten days away, so I have some time to decide. If I don’t, then I will be winging it again.

Either way, April should be interesting.

Kindness

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For this week of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge I’ve decided to work on a theme – What Every Writer Needs. Each day’s blog post will be something that has been important to my writing journey which I believe will be helpful to others. Today’s word is kindness.

Writing can be a difficult life. Harshness can make it even that much more difficult. It takes courage to put our words out there for the world to see. Kindness can make it a bit less painful.

I’ve belonged to a writing group for several years. It is a critiquing group and has been one of the most rewarding experiences. That is not to say that it has always been easy. There are times when a critique has been quite difficult to hear. The good thing about this is that this group always looks for the positive in a piece first before any criticism is offered. Any critique is focused on the work not on the writer. Though it is difficult not to take personally, for the most part it isn’t meant that way. This is a kindness.

By kindness I don’t mean gushing praise for a mediocre piece. Kindness means using words in a positive way to bring about change for the writer and the writing. This is what we all want. We want our work to be looked at critically and be given options to make our work better. After all we are all on the same road even though we take different paths.

What ways have you experienced kindness as a writer?