For the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by The Two Writing Teachers Blog. Each day I will be sharing a Quick Write as my way of slicing. The idea is to offer a SPARK that will kindle thinking and then write as quickly as you can for 5-10 minutes. No filters, no revisions. I’ve been curating a collection of Sparks and will share some with you all month. It’s a great way to ignite your writing life.
Gratitude to Fellow Slicers
None of my slices will be stories( in a strictly small moment way) this month. Perhaps they are more pieces than slices and I may have to reconsider future participation in the story challenge. Because even though I love that genre, I am on a bit of a mission to expand our definition of writing so that every one finds a place at the writer’s table. There are many ways to tell a story. I am also passionate about encouraging fellow writing teachers to be teachers who write. I want them to find their voices and share their ideas creatively, authentically, and passionately. The Slice of Life has been such a great way for teachers to do this and share with one another and I am filled with admiration and gratitude for everyone who shares.
I have learned so much, and continue to learn so much each time I click on the permalink to a blog post and enter the world of that slicer for a few moments. I love that we support one another without judgement or an assessment of our abilities, but with appreciation for our courageous acts of writing and sharing. As we hit the 12th day I wanted to share 12 Pieces of Gratitude for SPARKing my writing life this month. I’ll try to quick write them if I can!
Thank you for…
- The book spine poetry to remind me how connected reading and writing can be.
- The haikus that remind me how a few choice words can convey such big, bold ideas.
- The streams of consciousness that let me walk around inside the head of someone who probably gets where I’m coming from but sees with different lenses.
- The passionate posts of advocacy that raise my awareness about the concerns that others have, some that I share and others for which I am unaware.
- The snapshot in words capturing special moments cuddling kids, caring for parents, or cozying up with pets.
- The doodles and comics reinforcing that writing is, at its essence, a series of lines and squiggles that convey meaning to a reader.
- The personal photos that remind us a picture IS worth a thousand words sometimes.
- The Rules for life, love, and other meaningful circumstances.
- The Recipes for life, love, and favorite family foods that tie tradition with narration.
- The free verse poetry that liberates our lines from fixed convention and emancipates our ideas in free spirited fashion.
- For quick writes that courageously put pen to paper or fingers to keyboards without filters or fears: often surprising writers with thoughts they didn’t know they ‘thunk’.
- For any band-aid, format, or form that gets people writing and walking the talk of writing teachers. Voice and choice are at the heart of living a writerly life.
You have all re-affirmed for me the importance expanding our definitions for writing and legitimizing the many ways humans can convey their experiences in writing. I am so grateful for all of you, stepping up to take on this huge challenge this month.