The month of March slipped away like a shadow into shade .
The challenge was to write a slice of life every day for the entire month of March and post it. Well, I made it 21 days out of 31.
21 blog posts in 31 days! Although I did not accomplish the challenge of posting every day, I still am wearing my achievement cape like a superhero . Since I began my blog in 2012, writing a post every six months had become my going rate. So, mathematically, I’ve increased my production from .005% to 66% if I keep up the pace. My writing muscles are greased and the Bernice Brain has quieted long enough for me to put stuff out there.
If I were to be totally honest, it was not really the challenge that got me writing, it was this writing community. Holy Kamoly. I have never seen such an inspiring, encouraging, uplifting, dedicated, creative group of human beings.
Never once did I have a post sit there lonely without some cheers from my fellow writers, (and sometimes my mother). Feedback is crucial to the writer, whether only a pat on the back for showing up to write or a serious shot of gratitude for writing something that was resonated with. Even more so, to give me another perspective in my own little narrow viewed world. It is then that I really know my words were taken in. Love that.
I anxiously awaited the posts of other slicers. Sometimes I sought inspiration and it was the content or structure of another writer that made my own fingers later dance at the keyboard. Other times, I seriously didn’t wish to write at all and filled my coffee cup just to read and comment on other’s words. It felt as if we were exchanging small gifts, enjoying each other’s company and allowing one another to get a little peek into the world of other teacher-writer-lovely-people. Always, I felt a calm peace after reading other’s posts.
I am jealous of writers who have writing communities or writing groups that they meet with face to face on a regular basis. I have yet to find that. But, this community here is the closest I have come to realize I will ever get. At least right now. I am so grateful to have had this.
Thank you to the writing teachers at Two Writing Teachers for the enormous amount of work this challenge must have added to their already busy days. Their commitment to writing and fostering teachers who write is remarkable.
Thank you to Elisabeth Ellington who voiced she was taking the plunge to do the challenge this year. I saw her tweet and there was this little nudge in me that said, “Do it.” I needed her words to give me the confidence to take it on.
And, good heavens, thank you to anyone who took a few moments out of your busy lives to read my words and then to comment. The comments kept me writing. They told me that my words matter.
And, now the pump is primed.