And so it begins…

“You should come to Saugatuck’s book book club about Joy Write with me next week” my friend Jess said to me last summer.

There were 2 problems with this idea… 1) I have never heard of the book let alone read it and 2) I don’t teach at Saugatuck.  But I found myself saying “sure” anyways.

I drove with Jess and her baby Rose to Dawn’s house for the meeting with a journal in hand.  Jess had brought her copy of Joy Write with her so I skimmed it while on the short drive.  Little did I know my journey as an adult writer was about to begin.

Since that summer day I’ve read the book (of course) and gone to many meetings of this Joy Write club.  One of the biggest take aways for me was that in order to teach writing, I need to be a writer myself…something I’ve never done or felt.  In my classroom this year, I’ve tried to write with my students at least once a week.  It’s really hard to step back and not watch every second of what they are doing and just write myself but I’ve found it to be a good teaching tool.  My students are starting to see me as a writer.  Someone who struggles but knows it’ll work itself out.

Dawn and Jess have encouraged me to do this SOL challenge to push myself.  To see the world with the eyes of a writer.  If I’m honest, 31 days of writing is extremely daunting.  I’ve journaled now for over a year but blogging for others to see, that’s a whole new ball game.  But I’m excited (and nervous) to see where this all takes me.  I’ll let you know how I’m feeling 31 days from now.

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13 thoughts on “And so it begins…

  1. I’m crying! I can’t take it!! I want to run up the the hill and hug you!!! Go Elena!!! The opening quote from so many months ago followed by your two “problems” is a perfect lead and those lines are filled with voice! Way to go, writer! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Such a true statement- “One of the biggest take aways for me was that in order to teach writing, I need to be a writer myself.” The best way to be a teacher of writing is to live a writerly life. Kudos to you for taking the leap and I can’t wait to see where 31 days of writing takes you!

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  3. Welcome!! I started last year and had very similar feelings. I’m nervous this year too – it does feel weird to open your thoughts to the world. But it also feels good and rewarding!

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  4. Yay you for joining this challenge. 8 years ago I took up this challenge for the same reason. If I was going to be a teacher of writers, I needed to write. I was a much better teacher for doing it. Here’s to 30 more days!

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  5. I was in the same place three years ago, not sure how I would find time to write daily but knowing that I needed to as a writing teacher. You’ll find your groove and come April 1st, it will feel strange to not write every day. Best wishes on journey!

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  6. Welcome to this amazing community of writers! It is a daunting task to write for 31 days — and publicly! But remember, it’s a little slice of life. Nothing about perfection. Just real and raw writing. Some good, some bad, some ugly, and some you will be so proud of — those are usually the simplest slices. Enjoy the process!

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  7. Welcome to slicing! I know how daunting this challenge is. I started my blogging last year with the SOLC. I was terrified, but then I got into it, and was so proud of myself when I completed the 31 days of writing. I’ve been slicing (weekly) ever since. I know you are going to have a great experience! I love the part of your post where you talk about how your students now see you as a writer. I’m not sure there is anything more powerful than that as a teacher of writing!

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  8. Your experience is very similar to my own! A colleague of mine encouraged me to write with those same words. To teach writing, you have to write yourself!

    I started right here at the Slice of Life Challenge 7 years ago.

    I haven’t been successful every year but the connections I made along the way have been so wonderful.

    I hope you have an amazing month of writing!

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