SOL March Challenge #1
Today I am embarking on a challenge. I have successfully worked through this challenge once before, so I am very excited to try it again. I now have one year of experience with this thing called “slice of writing” under my belt. I’ve done other writing in my life, but this SOL writing has shown me what I can really do as a writer. Of equal importance, the SOL writing challenge has shown me what our students go through when we tell them, “just write what you know.” I learned last March that it’s just not that easy! So, here are some things I learned about myself over this past year. I want to share them with you……my readers.
- There are days that I won’t enjoy writing, but I will write anyway. All writers go through this.
- Of course there will be days when I don’t think I have anything to write about. But, I will write anyway. All writers go through this.
- Some parts of my writing will be lifted from: lines or ideas I’ve read in other places, things I’ve overheard people say, things that people have said to me, or from music I have listened to. Writing often, and reading often, has taught me that this is OK. It’s not stealing. It’s learning from others. It’s finding beauty and replicating it in my writing. It’s what writers do and they never apologize for it.
- I am working on writing pieces that are funny and/or uplifting. I tend to write about painful memories. While they may be therapeutic for me I worry that I’m bumming out my audience. I understand that many writers stick with certain subjects or topics and they are very successful. I want to branch out.
- Coming up with a title for my writing piece has always been a bit tricky for me. I’ve learned that it’s not just about slapping a title on the page and writing from there. Quite the contrary! Sometimes I come up with a title half way through my writing. Other times I won’t have a good title until the end. And still other times I will think of my title in my dreams. No kidding! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night, or when my alarm goes off and I have my title! I’m sure there are other writers out there like me.
- I know what I want to say when I write, even if it’s hard for me to get it down sometimes. Because of this I know what it feels like to be a kid in a classroom who is trying to write. I could never….NEVER…..write what someone else thinks I should write. Just because I get stuck or have a momentary block doesn’t mean I need someone else to tell me which direction to go or which words to use.
- I participate in another writing challenge called “Five Minute Friday.” In this challenge we are given a word to write on for five minutes. Sometimes I don’t write in this challenge. The word given may spark absolutely nothing in me, so I don’t participate that Friday. My writing must be my own. My. Own.
- I have written once about my “one little word” this year. I’m already disappointed in myself for not writing about it more. My word is “try”. I’ll try to do better with this.
- I sometimes have trouble with endings. This letter is a fine example of that……..
- I look forward to the next 30 days. I will cultivate my writing skills. Flex my writing muscle. Believe that I can achieve. Stumble along the way. Continue to move forward (hey! I actually incorporated my friend’s “olw” here without intentionally doing so!)
- I also look forward to the rest of March because we have, oh, about 30 colleagues from our school district writing in this challenge. Yes, 30!!! We have doubled in size since last year. No matter what the number, I know what happens when we write together. We learn about each other. We laugh together. We cry together. We are inspired by each other. We grow closer with one another.
- Happy Writing Everyone!