If anyone would have told me back in high school that I would be a writer/blogger someday I would have laughed in their face. I have never considered myself a writer but here I am starting my 3rd Slice of Life Challenge.
These month long, and the subsequent weekly challenges have taught me so much about myself as a writer. I have learned that it is so much easier to write what you know or experience because you are passionate about it. I have learned that I tend to start my narratives with dialogue. I have learned that I dislike editing and revising my pieces of writing. I have learned that sometimes I just need to start writing and the slice will come to me. I have learned I tend to write shorter slices than some of my fellow slicers. I have learned to live the life of a writer and always be looking for my next slice.
The bigger pieces learned for me though have come in my teaching. By doing these challenges I have become more comfortable sharing my own writing with my students. I have become more aware of the struggles or writers blocks my students have. I know more strategies for helping with these struggles too. I understand the frustrations of my first graders when I ask them to go back and add some feeling or to check this word for revising.
So here’s to year 3 and to more learning!