A lot of writers have heard of the A-Z blogging challenge, but a group of people I know on FB have taken it a step further and created a year-long A-Z short story challenge. It works the same way, each week a new short story is written with an association toward its corresponding letter, so the first week would be A and the second week B and so forth. How you associate the letter doesn’t matter either, whether it’s the name of the story, the theme…
The goal is to write a short story a week following the theme, but if something happens and you can’t meet the goal, no big deal. It’s meant to help improve your writing and make everything smoother. It’s a challenge for a reason. There’s 26 letters in the alphabet, but there’s 52 weeks in a year, so the goal is to go through the alphabet A-Z twice. A-Z, A-Z.
It’s an interesting challenge, and if it’s something you’re interested in checking out for yourself, you can learn more about it here.
I joined the group because I thought about trying it out, and I knew I would finish the first draft of the novel I’ve been working on before the challenge was supposed to start. (BTW, I finished the first draft of ENDLESS STARRY NIGHTS over Memorial Day weekend. Go me!) However, the more I think about it, the less I want to do it. Not because I don’t think I’ll enjoy it or find it challenging, but because there’s so many other projects I’d like to work on instead.
I still might attempt it here and there. As such, I’m going to include a list of due dates for each week’s letter below. If you do decide to tackle this challenge, let me know. I’d be interested in reading what kind of short stories you come up with.