For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Slice of Life #21 Challenge Day 11:
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath
Yesterday marked ten days into the Slice of Life March Challenge. Ten days means that I am nearly a third of the way through this daily blogging challenge. Although this is my fourth year participating in March's Slice of Life Challenge, this year I wasn't sure that I would be even get through the first week. Up until about a month ago I wrote only eight blog posts since the end of last March. That's right, eight. I kept up with writing in my notebook, but I just couldn't get into the rhythm of writing a post. School has also been especially challenging this year, and I have had a challenging time keeping up with all of the changes.
Writing and publishing for ten days straight is a celebration for me this year.
As I think about the last ten days of blogging, these are the things that I have noticed about myself as a writer:
- I am not sure I would have participated this month had I not gotten a nudge from a fellow blogger. Thank you, Glenda.
- When I am regularly blogging, I do a better job of noticing.
- It feels good to take a few minutes away from the stress of my teaching day and just write.
- I'm more likely to write and publish a blog post if I have some accountability.
- In order to be able to keep up with blogging, I need to write small (slices!).
- I do better finding seed ideas, organizing, and developing a post when I write in my notebook first.
- I used to be really bothered when I didn't get many comments - I am developing more of a tough skin about this.
- My dear friend Lisa reads my posts each day. My friend Glenda also reads my posts (and comments!) daily. Knowing that these two people are reading what I write makes me want to keep going throughout March.
- This is the first year I have not used Twitter to share my blog posts.
- My inner critic is not as loud during March (or maybe I do a better job at ignoring it?).
- Although my personal life has changed a lot in the past four years, my writing territories have not changed that much. I often write about nature, about writing, teaching/school, my own children, and my pets. I like to sprinkle in Haiku.
What have you noticed about yourself as a writer during the Slice of Life Challenge so far?