#SOL16 Day 31…this is it!
(My apologies to those who saw this post yesterday. In all my craziness I uploaded the wrong one. This bolsters my thesis that this challenge was indeed a challenge at times! haaa)
This whole month has flown by in a flash. When I decided this was the year I would finally take the challenge, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I think my title reveals my lack of preparedness and level of understanding for this undertaking! I have learned so much about myself as a writer. Even after just finishing a book called CLOSE WRITING, (bashful shout out to my peeps at Stenhouse) I am humbled by how much there is still possible to discover.
Here are my Top 10 Take-Aways from the Slice of Life Challenge 2016 (These are in no particular order and would probably change if you asked me tomorrow!)
- Stories are everywhere-seriously…EVERYWHERE!
- We are not the center of the universe.
- Some days writing is hard.
- There is no standardized unit of measure for a “slice”
- Some slices whet our appetites for writing!
- Getting comments on your writing makes you feel good.
- Writing gets easier when it becomes a habit.
- Being a part of a writing community enhances your writing identity.
- Writing shapes the way you think about the world.
- I am going to miss the intensity of pulling story from experience each day.
If you had asked me February 29th what I would get out of this challenge I would have talked about the importance of writing teachers being writing teachers. This month of writing has confirmed and intensified that assertion.
Thank you, and I mean this so sincerely, to all of my fellow slicers.
Your posts gave me inspiration, made me laugh, brought me to tears, dazzled me with your talent, and made me feel grateful. Your comments made me smile, gave me ideas, and kept me going. I am going to miss you all.
To the “Two Writing Teachers”: Stacey, Tara, Kathleen, Deb, Dana, Anna, Beth, and Betsy… I say thank you! I can only imagine how much work this has been to pull this off and create this community.
Until we meet again I raise my glass to you, offer you a slice of lime, and wish you good health. “Salud!”