Slice of Life Challenge Day 1
This month, I will attempt to write every day. Last year was easier because I was taking classes and I was already spending most days writing for class, so the habit came naturally. This year, the challenge of writing every day is different. My habits are different. My focus has changed.
I used to wake up early and spend some time on my computer. I blogged A LOT. I would blog about my photography, my crafts, and I sometimes still blog about things I teach and projects at school. (Feel free to check that one out if you are interested in art teacher stuff).
Now I am spending that early morning time eating a healthy breakfast and sleeping a little longer. I used to spend time on my planning period reading blogs and writing---sometimes I would get so involved, I would stay at school until nearly 5:00, lost in a post, getting it just right.
Now, if I'm SO tired by 2:00 that I can barely function, let alone eek out something creative. At 3:07, when I hear the wheels of the janitor's trashcan's echoing in my hallway, it is an omen....I need to go home! My priorities center around not procrastinating essentials at work and home....making time for reading and not wasting time on social media.
I'm hoping this challenge will spark my love of writing again. I just finished a great little novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gainman. At the end as he is thanking those who helped him finish the book in the acknowledgements, he says "In Sarasota, Florida, Stephen King reminded me of the joy of just writing every day. Words save our lives, sometimes."
In a nutshell, a Slice of Life story is simply a small sliver of your ordinary life. It’s not the whole, but a slice. The only point to it is sharing a piece of your everyday. I like to try out craft moves, test personification, take a risk with alliteration, or push myself to craft authentic dialogue. I look at it as a chance to try out the things I’m noticing other writers doing. Basically as long as you are sharing a piece of your life, you can’t do it wrong! The only wrong way is to not try. https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/what-is-a-slice-of-life/
Last year, I focused on these generic tips: Be brief but engaging. Tell a story. Make a point (win sympathy or agreement). Use your senses. Tell about the ordinary. Make it memorable.
Trying to blog every day is a challenge. If you are making this your goal, here are a few of my personal tips:
This is my 'slice of life' blog.
My Art Teacher Blog:
This Little Class of Mine