When I began this year’s Slice of Life Story Challenge, many thoughts swirled through my mind. What would I write about? Would my writing be good enough? Who would read it? How could I possibly write for 31 days straight- what, with three children, a full-time job, a house, and all the responsibilities that come with such a full life- where would this fit?
And yet, here I am on day 31, along with so many who probably brought similar questions to the challenge. As a first-time slicer, this experience has opened my eyes to what is possible when people in a community all commit to something and see it through together. And what a wonderful ‘something’ to commit to seeing through! A few things I learned:
- Writing enriches – As many of us who engaged with this challenge discovered (or already knew), writing everyday enriches the world. Perhaps on a small scale, yes. But the act of writing, as Alan J. Wright wrote early on, allows us to live life twice- once physically, and once interpretively. And this enriches not only us as writers, but us as readers. For it is through reflective interpretation that we learn and evolve.
- Courage is contagious- I was deeply moved by those in this community who chose to share and write about incredibly courageous topics. And to be honest, reading all of you who took such great risk in your writing by writing about the hard topics, inspired me to do the same. My deduction is that because of the nature of the supportive comments left by readers, we all felt safe, safe enough to write about what really matters.
- The ‘writer’s eye’ is real- For many years, I’ve worked to teach both teachers and students to ‘live like a writer,’ to be on the lookout for ideas that inspire. But honestly, I had never developed that muscle to the degree I have developed it this month. Living into a commitment of writing everyday has been a bit like an exercise program, a program that has successfully resulted in a strengthened ability to truly reside inside a place of writerly observation.
- This community is awesome- The educators who wrote alongside each other across this month truly are inspiring people. Your stories and your courage to faithfully be willing to write them down and share them with the world have lifted me as a writer. And for that, I am truly grateful
Thanks to all of you who have been reading each day (or some days), as well. Your emails, tweets, and personal comments have been both humbling and unbelievably encouraging. I thank you for them!
For those of you wishing to continue writing within this community, remember that Slice of Life Tuesdays will continue on Two Writing Teachers blog! I’ll be hosting the month of April. Hope to see you there!
Until next year…thank you everyone 🙂