Aside from meeting wonderful new bloggers, making new friends, and strengthening my writing skills , this challenge has most definitely broadened my knowledge of vocabulary. How? Through that ridiculous notion of mine to post using alliteration wherever possible.
It was hard, I tell you. Don't think that all those words came easily to me. I would read and reread and reread through my posts countless times until I knew I had definitely used every possible word starting with the designated letter - I even had to refer to a dictionary on many occasions. Sometimes I would spend 30-40 minutes polishing a mere 200 word post. It was tiring, but fun, and I couldn't give up on myself.
There were a few days, of course, that I took an easier route, by posting a short story, or a poem, or simply just found the letter impossible (like the last 3), but cut me some slack folks, seriously, you try alliterating like that every day, and not only alliterating, alliterating with a SPECIFIC letter. Crikey! But, hey, now I know so so so many more words, it's unbelievable. If you ever want to learn more vocabulary, just force yourself to alliterate. It works wonders!
The trick was to write my posts normally, using the very first words that popped into my head. Then I would reread them, focusing on each word, and which context it was used in and wrack my brain for a word starting with the appropriate letter. If I couldn't think of one, I'd search my thesaurus, then if I found one, I'd look it up in the dictionary to make sure it had the correct meaning. It took time and patience, that's for sure.
Anyway, thanks Lee. You pushed me to do something I would never have done without the challenge in place. And thanks to all those followers who commented religiously on my posts - you know who you are - your support was a great boost to my self-esteem and hugely appreciated. I truly hope we don't lose touch! You're all fantastic!
See the photo? That's what I see when I look into my brain right now. So if I don't post for a few days, I'm taking a break. Seriously, I deserve it!
Love you all with countless cherries on top! Mouwah!!!!!!