Whew, I made it!
Thirty-one of this writing challenge, done. Check the box!
As I reflect on the month long slice of life challenge, four areas of importances stand out.
The importance of writing to an authentic audience: Publishing puts the pressure on. Writing publicly everyday helped build my confidence as a writer. Knowing other writers may read my posts, made me work hard at sharing something original and meaningful.
The Importance of a deadline: At first I thought I would be an early morning writer, composing my slices before the outside world woke up. Instead I worked on my daily blogs after papers were graded, teacher plans were prepared, and email correspondences were completed. Writing happened after dinner was made and dishes were cleared. On average, I would write my slice somewhere between 9 and 10 pm. On many evenings, I met the midnight deadline with only a few minutes remaining. Nonetheless, the daily deadline loomed and served as the catalyst to my eventual submissions.
The importance of a routine: Routine is important to me. Without the daily writing requirement I would have never completed 31 writing submission. I may have found time to write on half of the days. Knowing I had to write every day created a routine I followed strictly, without fail.
The importance of commenting: Reading other slices provided me with the following:
- Exposure to new formats
- Mentor texts
- Access to new teaching strategies
- Beautiful connections to nature and the human spirit
- Highly recommended YA books reviews.
Thank you Sally D. for encouraging me to give the 31 day slice of life challenge a try. I am about to place the last sticker on my writing calendar.