There’s something satisfying about accomplishing a goal you know will be a challenge. And even though I have taken this challenge for a few years now, it really doesn’t get easier. Two Writing Teachers and their annual slice of life challenge is an amazing community of welcoming writers. There is something about writing in community that makes this daily writing and posting of writing not only something I can do, but something I want to do…with some level of competence! Many thanks to all who have read, liked, and/or commented on my slices this month. And also thanks to those of you who have written and offered your writing for comment and reading. It’s such fun to see all the different approaches writers take to accomplishing this 31 day challenge. You are appreciated!
Writing every day is humbling. Some days coming up with something worthy of posting seems impossible. I envy those early morning writers who seem to wake with ideas galore. I feel like I search all day long, and luckily when I open my computer to write, a slice somehow finds me. I love the way writing takes twists and turns. Some days I KNOW what I am going to write…and then I open my computer and the words take a new direction.
I look forward each day to reading other slicers’ offerings. I love the glimpse into lives across the country and world, across different stages of life, and seeing life from a variety of perspectives. It’s interesting to see some people dig deep with their writing, sharing grief, health concerns, and parenting dilemmas. It’s fun to read poetry, ramblings, 6-word memoirs, lists and listicles, photo essays, and everything in between. I’m reminded that there are lots of way to write and lots of approaches to developing a topic and idea.
I like that a focus on my own writing also helps me focus on teaching writing. I find myself thinking about how to help my students prime the writing pump, getting ideas flowing so they can’t wait to pick up their pencils and start getting those ideas on the page. I’m reminded to offer variety and choice, letting them follow their thoughts and ideas. Community for writers is essential. My students want to share their writing with their classmates and me and benefit from hearing each other’s writing.
And each year I remember that March is not only a month for daily writing, but also the month for writing report cards, preparing for and conducting parent conferences, and thinking about that upcoming spring break. Then it is followed by April, National Poetry Month, and I find myself tempted to keep on writing, challenging myself to another thirty days of writing–this time all in poetry (yikes!). As my spring break begins, will I also be writing and posting a poem a day? Probably.
Maybe I need to figure out what the May and June writing challenges should be. Why do I write every day for 61 days and then stop? Apparently I need the accountability of a community of writers and a daily challenge to keep my writing flowing. Guess that’s my next puzzle to figure out!
Your words are full of gratitude! So inspiring. I’ve never done a photo essay. Sounds intriguing. Congrats on your accomplishments
I’m so happy that we have connected through writing. One of these days we may meet face to face and be fast friends. I can’t believe I managed to write every day. Like you said, many times I opened the blog before I had an idea. Like big magic, something always bubbles up. I will trust the process for the next 30 days. And then why not keep going. I’ll think about it when the time comes.
Your words have been a bright start to my day every morning this past month. I’m continually inspired by your words, your photos and what you share from your classroom. I always enjoyed responding to your photo challenges. (hint! hint!). Also, have you seen the photo challenges on line, one word prompts each day? I’m toying with the idea of dabbling there and combining writing and photography. Whenever you choose to write and share, I’ll be reading along!
yeah yeah yeah … celebrating you and all those who did it!
Hooray! We did it for another year! I have reflected on the importance for my writing of community and the accountability of a daily challenge. We might be so tired by the end of April that we’re ready for a break, but if not, hopefully another challenge will present itself! Enjoy your spring break!