So, What’s Next? #SOL21

31 days later, and I’m still here writing! This is my 2nd year participating in the Slice of Life challenge. I must say, it is even more rewarding this year, than last year. I knew what to expect, what it was going to take, and even employed some new strategies to help me be successful. I am proud of myself, not only for growing as a writer this month, but also for learning new things from fellow slicers, and become an all around better human.

So, what’s next you ask?

Keep writing! Since November of 2019, I’ve made a commitment to writing. I’ve written almost everyday. I rise early at 5 am, have my quiet time followed by my writing time. A cup of coffee with each one. This is my favorite time of the day. I will continue this practice. It starts my day off right and sets me up for success.

Visit Two Writing Teachers every Tuesday Slicing isn’t over! Last year, I sporadically participated in the Tuesday challenge. This year, I want to keep the momentum going.

Revision work I hope to improve my revision process on my slices. One strategy I employed at the beginning of the challenge was to write my slice the day before, let it simmer in my mind throughout the day, and then revise and publish it the next morning. This practice led to better writing. My goal will be to flesh out my first draft of my Tuesday slice on Monday morning, continue to think about it, rework words, add ideas, and be ready to publish on Tuesday.

Revisit the March challenge My reading and commenting on the SOL challenge barely touched the surface of the exemplary writing that was posted this month. I hope to go back to many of the days and read more pieces and comment to others.

Encourage others to write with me I shared this challenge with my staff this year. No one joined me, but I planted the seed. I hope to provide opportunities for us to write together and ways that we can share our writing with each other.

Feedback Giving and receiving feedback is such an important part of this challenge. I know I would eagerly check my comments throughout the day to see who read my post and what they thought of it. That reminds me of our students. When they write, they need feedback! And the sooner the better. I have a goal to provide quicker feedback with students, and for that feedback to contain a lot of positives.

In the last 31 days, I’ve become a better writer, a better teacher of writing, and a better human. It’s #whyiwrite. Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for organizing this challenge! I’ll see you on Tuesdays!

9 thoughts on “So, What’s Next? #SOL21

  1. ALL of this (gesturing to all of your words in your post) is deeply felt by me too (except this is my first year). I am so glad we connected and like you I have learned so much about routines, revisions and what it means to be part of a writing community. I can’t wait for Tuesdays! Thank you for all of your support and kind words as I navigated this new-to-me routine. Cheers! ❤

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    1. I have also enjoyed getting to know you through your writing! You have inspired me! I have been especially moved by your word choice. I hope to continue to see you on Tuesdays.

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  2. Congrats on year two! I really wish I could someone local to write with me, too! I guess all we can do is try! I like you idea of going back because there are so many people that I didn’t get to, or I want to go back and read more of their posts. I think I shall give that a try. My goal is to post more on Tuesday – fingers are crossed!

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    1. Thank you Leigh Anne! You know you are the inspiration for why I started this last year! I am eager to go back and read many of your posts from the month. Hope to see you on Tuesdays!

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  3. Good wrap up and going forward plan. I’m not as organized as you about revisions though — goes with late night slicing. I post, go back and copy edit, light revision (pitying anyone reading it right away), revise more later — especially if struck by a sudden “I should have mentioned” moment.

    This my fourth but following a 2 year gap. Tuesday slices are definitely on my calendar too. I intend to share some of the many poetry slices this month. Poetrybombing is my thing for National Poetry Month.

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