I have to blog about this today (wait...'have to' is the wrong sentiment. I want to blog about this; I just need to do it today) because my blogs for the next couple of days are already spoken for as I gear up for my latest and perhaps toughest blogging challenge yet.
The A to Z Challenge.
This blogfest comes from the mind of Arlee Bird and is grown so large this year that it is being co-hosted by a number of other blogs. Last I knew, the number of participants for this blogfest had surpassed the 700 mark. That is a lot of blogs. I'm number 74 on the list.
The point of the blogfest as I understand it, is this (and BOY, I hope I have this right): Every day, well most every day (we get Sundays off for good behavior), we write a blog which corresponds with a letter of the alphabet. April 1st (otherwise known as this coming Friday) is for A and April 30th will be reserved for the letter Z. I'll either be blogging about Zelda or Zumba that day. I haven't settled on which yet but as blogging about Zumba will require me to actually experience Zumba, it'll most likely be all about Zelda.
I'm really looking forward to this blogging experience. I'm going to take the opportunity to post a few excerpts from the WIPs I've been taking about all the time (even if the idea scares the living daylights out of me). The first excerpt post will be on April 4th. My wildly creative brother as well as my young padawan, Omar, helped me brainstorm some topics for a couple of letters that had been giving me a tough time (X, Y and Z, I'm looking at you) and I think the whole thing will be a rousing success. Or, at least a success. Or, at the very least, not a failure. Or just maybe not a complete failure...
Only one way to be sure. And that's just to jump right in. So please, follow me blindly into this blogfest and let's see what shakes out...
Today Jolene Perry's Week of Happy is focusing on Happy Writing. As in "What is your favorite part of writing?"
So what is my favorite part of writing? I love it all. If I'm creating, if I'm being productive, I'm incredibly happy. Two or three days without sleep? If it was spent typing furiously, scribbling ideas into a notebook or even on the shower wall (thank you bathtub markers!), then I'm good. Who needs sleep? Sure as hell not me.
I love writing dialogue. I have two characters in my current WIP, Second Nature, for whom I love writing dialogue. They have a great rhythm when they
argue banter that's snarky and maybe a little flirty and just all around fun. I also like writing for the villain of the piece because although he's the bad guy, he doesn't think he's the bad guy (and truth be told, he really isn't. Oh wait...that's kind of a spoiler, isn't it?) and I want to avoid all those black hat wearing, mustache twirling bad guy clichés.
And I like reading what I've written. One of the commenters on Jolene's blog talked about how she loves the part during the first read through when she realizes she's a better writer than she thought she was. I have those moments too and I really do love them (even though I find it a little embarrassing to admit it).
But more than that, I love it when I hear good things back from my readers. You know, all three of them... I love it when I get an email that says "YOU CAN'T END IT THERE!!! YOU ARE NOT TO GET UP FROM THAT COMPUTER UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED THE NEXT CHAPTER AND SENT IT TO ME!!" (Mike) or a message on my answering machine (back in the days before VoiceMail) that says "OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! THEY KISSED! OH MY GOD! THAT IS SO AWESOME!" (The one and only Heather) or a note scribbled in the margins at the end of a scene that exclaims "THAT IS FUCKING AWESOME!"
That last one made me grin for quite some time.
So I write because it makes me happy. And occasionally, it makes others happy too. Which is most definitely equally awesome.
So, if you're a writer, what's your favorite part about it? And if you're participating in the A or Z Challenge, do you have all 26 topics worked out? And if neither of those questions appeal to you, how about this: what makes you happy?