Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WritersLife Survey 5 - Critical Feedback

We all need feedback to improve our writing. So, this month's Writer's Life Survey Question #5 is all about our writerly friends and helpers.




Hey, I haven't heard much about the A to Z challenge - are you doing it this year? I considered it, but they've changed the procedure - NO LIST this year. 

I understand it's a huge undertaking to maintain the LIST, so I get why they want to try something new. Especially since it grows every year. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to get my post links on the website in a timely manner, since I can't go visit until after work or the weekends. This could be a good thing, though. Only serious participants will play. Good luck!

18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Since I was the List Master, yes - it is a huge undertaking to maintain it. All the hosts were involved going through the list and I had to fix stuff on it. Since I'm not doing the Challenge this year (I'm just along as a veteran consultant) and the hosts didn't like the list anyway, we did away with it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love your surveys.

The A to Z is too much for me to keep up with anymore.

Crystal Collier said...

Yeah... I'm so not doing the A to Z this year. See my blog for the reason why. =) Cheese to anyone who is though--and may they NOT burn out.

mshatch said...

I probably won't be doing A-Z either this year. I have too much on my plate.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

I think it's great they did away with the A-Z list. It reduces the pressure. I don't do it any more myself. It's gotten too big and requires too much time. :(

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara - I'm on the opposite side of the fence - loved the list and I'm doing the A-Z ... but am unhappy about it being social media orientated it ... ie it's a blogging challenge - not a FB, or Tweeting one ... or others ...

But I'm doing it this year ... cheers and take care - Hilary

Theresa Milstein said...

I like the survey.

I only did A to Z once, I think. I just don't have the time.

Rhonda Albom said...

I always think I can do the A-Z posts quickly but it never happens. I do more than I plan. No A-Z for me this year.

Fida Islaih said...

I'm indirectly doing the A to Z Challenge.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm a sucker for any survey so I couldn't resist.

This year's A to Z experiment will be interesting. It's kind of the same but without the list--I say the same because I got to the point where I rarely actually used the list to visit posts and I was there to monitor. There could be a lot of time wasted on that list.

But we'll see what happens. Thanks for talking about A to Z.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Emilyann Girdner said...

I havn't done it yet and won't have time this year. But as always am wishing everyone luck!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I already decided not to take part in this year's A to Z Challenge. All the best to those who decide to have a go at it in 2017.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I didn't do the A to Z last year and it felt like a burden was lifted off my shoulders. So I don't think I will do it this year...

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd already written almost all of the A to Z posts for my main blog when I found out there'd be no list this year. I hope it works well sans list, though I still have a lot of reservations.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is the first year in the last six that I haven't participated in A to Z. I love both of the writer groups I belong to outside of IWSG.

Heather R. Holden said...

I've never done the A-to-Z challenge, since I'm afraid of being overwhelmed by it. It's always fun to see what others post for it, though!

Hope March has been going by well for you, Tara!

Yolanda Renée said...

I think deleting the linky list of the A to Z is a good thing, I tried to help police it last year, and what a mess. So many folks sign up and then don't participate. Or the worst part, use a link that doesn't take the reader to the actual blog. Time is so important, to all of us, I think this new method will work, I hope so, but then again, I'm cheating and only posting 5 blogs in April for the A to Z. Taking a piece of the method Alex used last year. All letters for the week in one posting. Time is an issue for me too.
We'll miss you!

Christine Rains said...

Hope the A to Z's new strategy will work out for them. I won't be participating this year, but I'll be cheering bloggers on. Have a great week!