Genre tips / writing

#AtoZChallenge–Theme Reveal!

Once again, I am going to join the 2019 writer’s blog hop called A to Z Challenge

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–but with a twist. Normally, I post 2-3 times a week. This is a good schedule for myself and readers. A to Z requires six posts a week–double my norm! Last year, that seemed to bury my regular readers with far more articles than they could read. That meant they skipped them and that meant–why write all those posts? Yes, the goal of A to Z is to increase readers for participants but I didn’t see that. I got a different set of readers, about what I normally get in any given week, but most of those new ones moved on in May. So although I am joining #AtoZ, I’ll spread the 26 posts out over months (not one month). I’m thinking 1-2 articles a month.

Now for my theme reveal:



..a genre for every letter of the alphabet. I’ll include:


Writing tips

Popular books in the genre

Yeah, you’re right. I’ve done this the last two years. The truth is, there are just too many genres. For example, in the past, my F genre has included:

That didcn’t even touch on Fractured Fairy Tales. That’s my F topic this year. I skipped the genres I did in 2017 A to Z Challenge and 2018 A to Z Challenge. As a result, many of this year’s genres were new to me (like Kusazoshi–who knew?). I’m amazed how much I learned researching for this blog hop.

Here are the genres I will cover in this year’s challenge (the links won’t work until the article is published, so be patient with me!):

American Realism

B Bildungsroman

C Chicklit

Digital Storytelling

Early American

F Fractured Fairy Tales

G Genre fiction

High Fantasy

I   Islamic Fiction


K Kunstlerroman 

L Lyrical Prose

M Microfiction

Native American

Owner’s Manual   

P  Prose

Quick Fiction

R Regionalism

S  Satire

T Treatises

U sUbterranean Fiction

Varsity Novel 

Web Serials  

Xistentialist fiction

YA Contemporary Adventure 

Z  Zine (ezine)–is this done?

OK. See you April 1st!


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  and a columnist for NEA Today and TeachHUB. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

77 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge–Theme Reveal!

  1. Pingback: A to Z April Challenge Theme Reveal 2020 | Writing Wings

  2. Jacqui,

    Sorry for just now visiting but at the end of last week I had an episode with my stomach that rendered me useless Thursday and Friday with Saturday and Sunday slow improvements. I’m still not 100% but I feel tons better, so now it’s time to play catch up.

    Your A2Z theme sounds interesting and I know I will learn something new with each installment. I am anxious to catch your first post! Happy A2Zing!

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    • Thanks, Cathy. I hate stomach problems. I do hope you feel better? The nice thing about blogging is that it isn’t time-sensitive. Today’s as good a day to hear from you as last week!


    • I would love to, Sandra. How do we arrange that?

      Did I mention I just bought your Western fiction, Silverhills? I can’t wait to read it. It’s about #15 in my list (I read about 3 books a week so it’s not as far off as it sounds). Western fiction is my favorite genre right now.


  3. You are one brave lady for sure. But I see by your background you are absolutely up to the challenge. What an admirable effort you are making. I look forward to the posts. There is so much to learn. Thank you kindly.

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  4. I love your genre theme, so I am glad you are giving it another go. And I think it’s awesome that you are setting limits which you are comfortable and which work for you. I’m a little nervous about A to Z this year. My husband has been in the hospital for several days. I have all of my posts written and scheduled, but I don’t know if I am going to be able to keep up with comments. I already have fallen behind and A to Z hasn’t even begun.

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    • Oh I hope your husband will be OK. I will send positive thoughts his way. And you’re right–the posts are maybe half of the Challenge. The rest is keeping up with comments. That took at least several hours for me every day.

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  5. I was very interested in your comments above, Jacqui. I also think that our readerships can’t cope with posts every day from the whole blogging community. For me sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed that I don’t read any of these posts from a particular blogger. I did read many of yours because your topic was so interesting. I blog c. 3 posts a week on each of my blogs. I have different followings on both as I focus on different things. That seems to work for me.

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  6. Jacqui, some terrific categories and I look forward to reading these! A great idea about spreading these over some months and gives us all a chance to do justice to them and your hard work by reading them all – it can be a bit overwhelming with so many posts a week otherwise!

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  7. Good strategy, Jacqui. I did the A to Z my way the two times I contributed, and also posted about once a week, or less. I love your genre selection for this year – will probably take you into next year as well. U, X, and Z* are always a challenge – I like your independent attitude. Looking forward to reading all your entries.

    Possibilities: U is for Unforgivable Derivatives, all those books that are just like whatever is currently earning lots of reader attention, only with a different title. X is for X-ing, as in X marks a map. Z is for Zzzzzz-ing – what puts us to sleep. Just having fun here.

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  8. Some interesting topics there. You had to dig deep to find them, I bet. You are being sensible by stretching out the challenge. I participated for the first time last year, 2018, and it truly is a challenge. I learned, even with planning and posting ahead of schedule, it was overwhelming since we move back north in mid-April. I did enjoy the event meeting bloggers and broadening my horizons. Best wishes in 2019 A-Z!
    JQ Rose

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    • They are odd genres which was another reason I’m extending their publication. They aren’t as common as those I’ve already covered–historical fiction, romance, thrillers, that sort. I don’t think they’ll be as interesting!


  9. Hi Jacqui – I’m not doing it … though could easily do so – just need to get my head down and get on. It’ll be fascinating to read about the genres as and when you post them … and I’m sure many authors will be really interested to read about the various choices. Good for you = I’ll see you around though – cheers Hilary

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