Monday, 7 May 2012
Dust It Off Bloghop Part 3 - and A-Z Reflections
It's the final day of the Dust It Off Bloghop! Huge thanks to Theresa and Cortney for hosting, it's been really cool to re-visit shelved WIPs, and I've enjoyed reading what everyone else has dusted off!
The last part of this hop asks us to reveal what we learned from our shelved WIPs.
So, there were a few things I learned. First of all, when I first discussed writing with Clare, I was both excited and nervous. What if we couldn't make it work? What if we argued about plots/characters etc? Fighting with friends over a story is not a good idea. The worries were unfounded. The good thing about writing with a friend - and not just a friend, but a very close friend who I'd already known a long time, and spoke to every single day - was that it allowed us to be open with each other. That meant that we could discuss our thoughts honestly. And even better than that - we agreed on pretty much every aspect of where the story was going!
I also learned that there is an extra level of excitement when working with someone else. Clare is very talented, but we write quite differently. I learned a lot from her, and it made me want to write better so I wouldn't let her down. And bouncing ideas around? That is just a whole other area of awesome!
Clare mentioned this in her post too, but it's very true. If you have a shelved piece of work that is still on your mind many years later - it's probably asking to be revived, so don't give up on it!
Aaaand onto the A-Z reflections post!
This was the second year I attempted the challenge. Last year, I hated it every single day. This year, with a topic I was enjoying, the time flew by!
My decision to use the challenge to write diary entries from the characters in my WIP came to me on April 1st, when I was completely unprepared. I didn't know if it would work, if people would enjoy it, or whether my characters would be mocked for being lifeless and dull.
Thankfully, they were well received - even the womanising Radleigh McCoy! :D Thanks to all of your wonderful comments, I was inspired to get that WIP finished - no easy task in between posting and commenting every day!
Although A-Z is a LOT of work, it's also worth every second. I picked up a bunch of new followers, and found many, many super cool blogs I may never have found otherwise.