Today is almost the half-way point of the Slice of Life Challenge, and it has me reflecting on what has happened so far.
I notice that I have written entirely in personal narrative format. That is a comfortable place for me, and I'm not quite ready to leave it yet. My thinking is that, as a writer, I am doing "calisthenics" to warm up as a writer before tackling something out of my comfort zone.
Though I didn't plan it this way, my posts are mostly reflective in nature, or sometimes humorous observations of myself. Again, as a writer who is out of practice, writing about topics that are so familiar to me helps with my fluency.
I thought I would reflect more on classroom practices and happenings, but so far, there are only a few of those posts. I could have extended my thinking on a few posts and applied the thinking to the classroom, but I didn't. Not sure why. Even the school topics I've posted haven't been deep thinking about my own teaching and learning. They tend to be more typically about the community of our school.
Some days I have felt overwhelmed about getting a post done, but so far, I've managed to post something every day. I'm chalking that up as a success after such a long drought of not writing at all.
As I read other people's slices, I am in awe of the writing talent that is on display daily. These people are my writing mentors, and push me to try even more as a writer.
Finally, I'm a little sad to realize that, in 16 days, this challenge will be over. As hard as it has been some days, the part that I cherish the most is looking at the comments of those people who stopped by on a regular basis to leave a comment, a suggestion, a thought, a kind word, a related incident, or an encouragement. I have come to realize I love writing for an audience and having a relationship with that audience as well. I cannot thank my online writing support group enough. Knowing that you would be there, pushing me and encouraging me, really helped my development as a writer.
Thanks so much to Ruth and Stacey for creating the forum that has allowed writers to grow, experiment, expand, and develop. Thanks for being part of that community as well!