The Slice of Life March Writing Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers – 31 days of a writing community.
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has the Poetry Friday Roundup today at The Poem Farm.
Here we are, the last day of another March Slice of Life writing challenge. At the beginning of February, I began to have doubts about whether I’d participate this year. I was in the midst of the writing doldrums; it was hard to think about what to write, and nothing I managed to write sounded pleasing or worthwhile. By the end of February I knew for certain that I would not write, and (I’ll admit) I felt a certain relief. The March Challenge is not for the writing faint of heart, and I was feeling very faint of heart.
On the last day of February I shared my thoughts with my writing Voxer group. I’ve made up my mind, I shared cheerily, but good luck and fare thee well!
They listened without passing judgement. They expressed some regret. And, on the first day of March, they wrote.
Driving to work that morning, I felt rather pleased with myself. I thought I’d made the right decision. But, by lunchtime, I felt the familiar pull – the call of this writing community. I remembered previous March Challenges: the collective cheer leading squad we became as one March day moved into another. I remembered how our stories fed each others’ imaginations, how our ideas passed from one writer to another, blossoming and blooming into new ideas along the way. And I remembered the sweet satisfaction of this day, the last day, and the way the community came together to celebrate the journey…weary, but proud.
So, at lunchtime, I wrote.
And something interesting happened along the way…I grew back into my writing life again. Writers need authentic and supportive audiences, writers need the consistency of feedback, and writers need a sense of purpose. As a writing teacher, I know that all of the above is important for my students and I work really hard to make sure they are encompassed in our classroom writing community. But, as a writer myself, I don’t think I work hard enough at making sure that these things are present in my own writing life. Luckily, the March Slice of Life Challenge offers all that, right here, day after day. I didn’t know how much I counted on this community until I almost didn’t have it.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for gifting us this venue. Thank you fellow writers for showing up, day after day, to write, read, comment, and cheer. What’s in my writing journal these days? Your words, and you.