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I didn’t slice yesterday. I think it might have been intentional.
You see, if I slice all 31 days, then I am eligible for a prize. However, if I slice only 30 out of 31 days then I know I did all that writing just for me. And I got a lot of slicing this year (my 3rd year of participation—boy I had no clue that first year, but it gets easier and more rewarding each year). Here are some of the things I gained from writing throughout March this year:
· When I read the slices of other people before writing my own slice for the day, it is much more difficult to quiet the voice in my head that says, “My writing is not good enough.”
· Writing my own slices and reading the slices and comments of others makes me feel validated.
· There is an art to working negativity into a slice without sounding like a negative person.
· I think a lot about audience when I write.
· I often have to start by getting the background of a story down in words before I figure out that the best place to start the story is inside of it. I know this, and yet it often seems like that won’t work for this story until I start writing it.
· I am a very open person in general. So, when I am keeping something close the bone, it is more difficult to write because I am avoiding writing the big truths in my life.
· There is room in my life for more (more writing, keeping up with more slicers, more commenting, more life).
· I hold on to moments that I have written about with greater strength than those about which I do not write.
· I care deeply about other slicers in this community. I am a compassionate person, but still this surprised me this year.
· The Two Writing Teachers website has impacted my life and who I am as a writer, a teacher, a human so greatly that I think I am going to have to return tomorrow to address this topic.