A To Z Challenge 2016 Theme Reveal

Yes, it’s that time again! The much awaited A to Z April Challenge is just around the corner. And over 1200 bloggers from around the world are gearing up to don their creative hats and are sharpening their writing skills. Yes, we all will be writing posts from A to Z, every day in April except Sundays!


This April, I will be participating in this mega event for a fourth time in a row.

In April 2013, I wrote on random subjects from A to Z.

By April 2014, I got the hang of this challenge and there was quite a buzz about to theme or not to theme. So, I decided to go with the theme of Marriage from A to Z in exactly 55 words!

Loaded with the experience of the earlier 2 years, in 2015, I wrote about Emotions and Feelings from A to Z in 55 Words.

While writing about random subjects leaves with you a lot of choices, writing on a theme keeps you focussed and helps you explore and grow more in the chosen subject.

I loved challenging myself to write in 55 words these last two years, so I had no doubts about the word limit each of my post would have this April. Why just 55 words, you may ask. Well, it’s a win-win situation for both you and me. 55 words are just short enough to grab your attention and time and long enough to cover the subject and as for me, well, it is the perfect way to challenge and kick my dormant muse!

With clarity on that aspect, I moved on to give some thought to the challenging aspect of this challenge and that was, “What theme to pick on?”

I did an extensive 5-minute research (Yeah, I am pretty good at it!) and decided to go for….

Ahem!… Can we have the drum rolls please…

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My Theme for April A to Z Challenge 2016 is…

Cultivating Happiness from A to Z in 55 words

“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!”  Remember this rhyme from our school days? From early on, we were taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness! And today, we know that happiness is not only one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life.

Most of us believe that happiness is a result of some external circumstance, but it doesn’t have to be. Happiness a daily habit and it can be cultivated in our every day life.

So, this April, I am going to explore ways to cultivate happiness and joy in every day life instead of letting it be a product of chance. And I am going to express all that in just 55 words.

I am looking forward to you all joining me in this journey!

And did I tell you that I am in AJ’s team (one of the Co-host for this year’s challenge) as wHooligan and that’s third year in a row!! Joining me are LuAnn Braley (my buddy and we have been together as wHooligans for 3 years now! How cool is that!!), Geetika Gupta and Doreen McGettigan. We will be watching you and of course doing all the ‘hard work’ behind the scenes!


I am very excited about this April challenge. In case this appeals and interests you too, then you must  check out the A to Z Challenge website and sign up as a participant! There is still time, and it’s a lot of fun, I promise!

Happy reading, writing and connecting all through the April! Cheers ♥

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146 thoughts on “A To Z Challenge 2016 Theme Reveal

  1. Wow! That sounds like such a happy, feel-good-about theme. Excited to read through April Shilpa. I remember your posts from last year and they were awesome. See you around!

    • Thanks Sarah! Oh yes, happiness a daily habit and it can be cultivated in our every day life. 🙂
      Looking forward to read your posts on Jazz Age this April. Good luck to you too 🙂

    • You are so generous, Shalini. Thanks a lot!
      Love your theme this year. Looking forward to read some interesting stories about your life as an army wife. Yes, lets rock this challenge. Cheers 🙂

    • Thank you, Inderpreet. I am remembering your last year posts on authors from A to Z. Looking forward to read your stories in 100 words this year. Cheers 🙂

    • Thanks Susan. It was around this time, last year that we had met. And I glad that we did. Are you participating this year? Couldn’t see your theme reveal post on your blog!

    • Thank you, Genevive. Are you joining us this year too? I am remembering your last year’s theme of travel and places, which was wonderful with your pics and anecdotes!

    • Oh yes, we all need more happiness in our lives. Thanks Tasha. Looking forward to know and read about the various monsters and ghosts on your blog too 🙂

    • Agree completely! Thanks, will have to work hard on it… but am all charged up for that! Good luck to Mithila. Looking forward to read your weird words posts 🙂

    • Thanks Ellen. Fingers crossed… hope am able to do justice to the theme. You know, I love your theme. Nancy Drew was my fav in school days. It’s been ages since I read her mysteries. Looking forward to read her sleuthing stories in April. Cheers 🙂

    • I heard that C. Thank you for cheering me! 🙂
      Oh yes, I like quick decisions and one can make them with 5 min research 😀 I’ll be seeing you in April. Cheers!

    • Glad you liked my plan of writing in 55 words. Would love to see you around and looking forward to know from you the various species of frogs from A to Z 🙂

    • You know what I love about the micro fiction the most… it’s the challenge of nipping and editing to perfect 55 or 100. 🙂
      Thanks and looking forward to read your dark stories in 100 words, Debbie. Cheers 🙂

  2. Awesome theme and so great that you can keep it with so short words! I think it takes me more than 55 words just to say hello sometimes 🙂 Have fun with the challenge!


    • LOL 😀 I know what you mean, Betty. 55 words is a challenge which I am hoping to chase and conquer. Thanks and good luck to you too! See you around 🙂

  3. I love your 55-word theme, Shilpa. This is my first A-Z challenge and I’m happy to have chanced upon your blog. It’ll be wonderful to check in on your posts during April 🙂

  4. Shilpa thanks for visiting and introducing yourself. It is my first year participating so I am just feeling my way. I don’t have a theme but can see it would be good. Next year! I like the 55 words challenge for yourself – I guess this year will be all about visiting and learning and I look forward to it.

    • A no theme works great too, Kathryn, for you get a lot of creative freedom on your expression and subjects too. Looking forward to read you too this April. Cheers 🙂

  5. What a great theme! I love how you phrased it, too: “Cultivating Happiness.” So often I see advertisements that seem to say, “Buy this product and you’ll be happy.” But happiness can’t be bought. It must be cultivated. 🙂

    • You are spot on. With a right approach, attitude and outlook, we can certainly cultivate happiness in our lives. Thanks Jen, glad you liked this theme. Looking forward to read you too. Cheers 🙂

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  7. Wow, great theme! This is my first year participating, and I have a goal of visiting every blog on the list (big ambitions, and the reason I am starting early). I have to say, I am interested in seeing your posts, so I will be visiting several times to look through your posts! Thanks for sharing! Cassie from Mommy, RN

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