I feel a little like I'm standing at the end of a diving board on this 28th day of February. A high diving board. I know I can complete the March Challenge, and I know that I grow as a writer in ways I don't expect because I've done this for several years. (Full disclosure: I can't remember if this is my fourth or fifth year, and I don't have time to go digging for the answer! I think it's my fifth...)
This year feels different because I have SO many other writing responsibilities--a critical thesis to finish (supposed to be 35 pages, shudder, shudder), a book review, and several curriculum projects. There may be days this month when the writing I share is about settings and their potential for deepening readers' experiences of middle grade novels. I know you can hardly wait to read those posts! I'm also working on a novel that has dragged on for too long. I need to finish it. Maybe you'll get a few snippets from some chapters in progress.
I've actually contemplated a routine throughout the days this year. Maybe on Monday I could get back to what I'm reading, Tuesday a true slice of life, Wednesday something explicit about teaching, Thursday a daughter story (I have four of them so there's always a lot of fodder!)...you get the idea. This feels too rigid to me, though, so I'm approaching the challenge as a free-fall from that diving board. That high diving board.
In the past, I've learned a lot about myself as a writer and as a person. I love Alan Wright's mantra that writing enables us to live life twice. Writing every day is exhausting, especially when the writing is for an audience, regardless of who the audience is. The Slice of Challenge inspires me to present and reflective throughout the month. Despite the height of the diving board, I'm looking forward to it.
Welcome, Welcome Back, and Happy Slicing,