From #15to50: Fiction Link Up- February 2015

Welcome, everyone, to the  Monthly Challenge

at the Moving Quill :

‘FROM 15 TO 50’

  1.  Your post should be a minimum of 15 words  and a maximum of 50 words (not including the title). No leeway allowed on this 😉
  2. Please display my 15 to 50 Challenge badge. Get the code for the badge HERE.
  3. Include this line in your post: Linking Up with the Fiction Challenge ‘From 15 to 50′
  4. Use one, two or all three prompts.
  5. If you use my Photo Prompt, please credit it to this blog.
  6. Add your blog link/entry to the Linky below OR the Comments Section before the 20th.
  7. Entry submissions will be considered only till the 20th of each month.

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#AtoZchallenge- Lessons from the Past

April is here. Well, almost here. Okay, it’s almost two months away. You’ve got time.

WRONG! You don’t!

The A to Z Challenge is swinging around sooner than you can blink and say ‘Geronimo Stilton’. (I blame my 8-year-old’s obsession with that book!) Last year was my first brush with the A to Z and what a fantastic thing it was, to be sure. The bloggers I met, the connections I made, the friendships I forged are still in my trusted and treasured circle 🙂 I signed up my Parenting blog last year, because well, this blog did not exist at the time. This year, I am going to dabble in Fiction and reel you in hook, line and sinker, all because I love my readers. Yes, really!

What are the lessons I can share from my first A to Z last year? Without further ado, let’s plunge into them now:

Modified from Pixabay
Modified from Pixabay

Confused? Don’t be. That’s my mnemonic.

S-  This stands for Schedule, Schedule, Schedule. Yep. You have 51 days till April 1st. Start writing your posts now! You heard me. Work out your theme or lack of it, pick your letter, start writing the posts, add the pictures or quotes you want and schedule them today.

T- Truncate. I know I may be shot for this, but try and keep your posts short. Truncate them to under 200 words if you can. Why? Well, the A-Z is a HUGE sign-up list. Members who participate are literally going to do so from all over the world. So, if you want a fair chance that people will read and comment on your posts daily, ensure that you don’t make it too long.

R- Read, but obviously, is what this stands for. Go out there and find the blogs you love. Look at the sign-up list and find the categories that you would enjoy. Make time to read. If you follow ‘Schedule’, then this gives you time to read. Trust me on this.

I- Interact. I cannot over-emphasise the need for this. Interaction on the blog post, through the comments, via responses to your own comments are all BIG plus points. It shows the writer that you care enough and truly builds your presence in the blogging community. If you don’t have time to reply to comments on the same day, use the break day, Sunday, to catch up on the comments.

K- Know your subject well. It is important to pick a theme that you are comfortable with. Don’t over reach or try to do something too far out of your comfort zone. Readers can tell when you are writing from the heart and when you have just strung words together for the challenge. Keep it simple, keep it real.

E- Engagement is the final but the most relevant point. How is this drastically different from Interaction? Well, engagement on social media channels such as Facebook groups devoted to A-Z or sharing your fellow bloggers’ posts on Twitter, is a show of good faith. Do it today. Start following the hashtag #AtoZchallenge and the official Twitter Acccount @AprilA2Z or follow them on Facebook at the page: Blogging from A to Z

In addition, you can also check out my Six Steps to Surviving a Blogging Marathon, in case you decide to indulge in this madness month after month. 😉


Are you doing the A to Z challenge

Have you written a post on the Lessons learnt from the past?

Share your wisdom in the comments! 🙂

From #15to50- January 2015 Fiction Challenge-#Winners

From #15to50- January 2015 Fiction Challenge-#Winners

Hello everyone! Time to announce the winners for the January 2015 #15to50 challenge 🙂

  • We have two winners: A Winner and a Runner-Up.
  • The Challenge entries are ALL listed below. Feel free to visit those you may have missed and comment on those that you liked/appreciated.
  • Grammar, technique, word flow will ALL be considered very carefully while selecting the winners. So make sure you are not dashing your post off in a hurry 😉

January’s Challenge saw a wonderful response with 10 entries in total. 

To refresh your memory, here were the prompts:
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