#AtoZChallenge: April 30 – Z is for (a writer’s) Zeal

 On May 7 I hope to do justice to the subject – facts and feelings about the A to Z Challenge for April – but since this is the last post (as a matter of writing?) It is tempting to finish this challenge in this way.

Of course the A to Z is a challenge, and one that boosts a writer’s creativity and zeal. In this case this has prompted me to write, at the very beginning, an alphabetically ordered (as ever a nerd) list of all the words that invoked something. Only in two or three cases did I feel later compelled to change the original choice, pushed by circumstances, or inspired by reading, some news, or a sentence heard on the street. Inspiration may come from so many strange and unexpected sources! Indeed after a week I found this exercise of late evening writing, and early morning editing, taking a momentum of its own.

But why isn’t it as easy – or at least as comfortable, if this is the word, no, “natural” is closer to it, surely? Why isn’t it as natural to work on the novel? This is the crunch: April has been the month of the challenge, but also the month when I had to admit that a rethink was overdue, after months of toil. In this way, the A to Z has depleted this writer’s zeal as well: it is in part responsible for the decision – ahhh! – to restart with somewhat new premises – fleetingly tempted to write “paradigm”, you fool… – a heartbreaking one for any writer, aspiring or confirmed.

The challenge is not to be blamed solely for that decision: comments received, sometime from people very dear to me 😦 – have contributed, as well as what I would like to think of as “aspiring writer’s fatigue”. A strange feeling that, and one I might blog about in the near future… What am I going to do now the challenge is over?

St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writin...
St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writing: Sandro Botticelli's St. Augustine in His Cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. Sorry to hear you’ve been receiving negative comments that have contributed to your writer’s fatigue. As Mark Twain said: “One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself”. Please always keep this in mind.

    I’m sure you can recover your zeal if you view drafting your novel as a “challenge”, like the way you did with the A-Z challenge. I’ve just done a post on things that help me get into my “writer zone”. Maybe some of the tips will bring that Zeal back to you 😀

    Have a lovely day.


  2. Sounds like you need a little time away to (cliche coming up, apologies in advance) ‘recharge your batteries’. Do something completely different (and don’t feel guilty for stepping away from your writing for a change) and then come back to it with an unjaundiced eye. A restart can be painful, but it can also lead to beautiful things. I look forward to reading whatever you will write in the future.


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