When I began this challenge, I was insecure and intimidated. Prior to this month, I haven’t been writing everyday and I wasn’t sure how I would get something done each day that I was willing to show others. After the first few days, I lowered my standards and convinced myself to just push through. (I’m not sure you would be able to tell I lowered my standards by comparing the first posts to later posts. I may have, perhaps, unconsciously lowered my standards from the beginning.)
I was convinced that this would be a painful experience, but it turns out that I truly enjoyed it. I’ve definitely got work to do with my writing, and I see that that work is much easier when I’m actually writing. It is also easier when people are reading and commenting. Of course, I knew before this that you have to write to improve your writing, and feedback is important. What I realized, though, is that the feedback really didn’t need to be constructive criticism. I only received really positive, affirming comments. That made me feel good and want to post again the next day. But, as I read others’ slices, I could see what I hadn’t done in my own writing. I could see things that I appreciated and that I would like to try to do. I wanted to write better for my audience. I felt an obligation because with so many people participating, I knew that reading my slice was taking precious time. I now have a list of things to try and I have thirty drafts to work with.
I am so grateful to Beth at Seeking Six for posting the information about Slice of Life on FB. In fact, it wasn’t until the second or third time that she posted that I decided to commit and signed up. Both Beth and Lee Ann (Portable Teacher) are long-time friends and colleagues, and their comments kept me going at the beginning when I wanted to quit.
If it were just the three of us (me, Beth, Lee Ann) I’m not sure I would have kept going. This is a wonderful thing that Two Writing Teachers host. I know it must be a lot of work so I didn’t want to quit on all of those who made this happen. So many people are benefitting. When you think about each person that is participating, and then each student that each participant educates. . . whew! Impressive!
I really appreciate each person who took the time to read my posts. Reading comments and blogs has allowed me to get to know some people just a bit. Thanks Kim K, Bbutler, Loralee, Julie J, Shaggerspicchu, Tara Smith, tsudmeier, Adrienne, arjeha, blkdrama, and Elsie for responding numerous times. And thanks to the many others that I heard from and who gave me the privilege of reading their writing. I look forward to visiting on Tuesdays and being better in 2015!