Today is the last day of the Slice of Life writing challenge. I give you the things I heave learned this year.
- I write about my children. A lot. Fifteen times this month. Honestly, this number is lower than I expected.
- I almost exclusively write and edit from my bed using my phone. This seems to be when my time is least interrupted. It is also the least efficient.
- I very frequently use past slices as inspiration. I’ll update from a previous slice or use it as a springboard for something else.
- I liked when I played with prompt writing this month. I found it to be the most natural way to write given my time constraints.
- I am very open in my writing letting the good, bad, and ugly hang out.
- I still get butterflies in my tummy each time I press publish.
- I stalk my notifications after published to see if anyone has commented.
- Each time someone comments, it shocks me that someone would want to read much less comment on my silly stories.
- I’m tickled pink when people in real life tell me they enjoy my writing. It somehow feels more validating than any other acknowledgement.
- It is really hard to think of 31 topics to write about each year.
- No matter how often I write, my favorite part of the process is reading the posts in my reader and discovering other writers in the SOL Post All Call.
- There is no other time of the year that I do something 31 days in a row with fidelity and that makes this project extra special.
- Even though I am not in a classroom and have never had a class participate in student slicing, I get such a high from being a part of this community. I feel so lucky it has excepted me even though I am not a writing teacher any longer.
I look forward to joining you all again next year. I am going to try to commit to slicing 1x a month and prompt writing 1x a month until slice season begins again. Let’s see if I can do it.