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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Challenge in the Challenge #13/31

I am joining Two Writing Teachers for the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I appreciate this space for writers to tell their stories and connect with each other.





When I talk to students about the Slice of Life Challenge, we talk about what makes something a challenge.  Tonight I am feeling the challenges.  I keep my eyes open for stories every day and today, nothing stands out.  What do I write about?  

A nine year-old who is the best procrastinator in the world and is still not out of the tub even though I started telling her it was time to get out 20 minutes ago?

A thirteen year-old who needs cajoling into getting her homework done and heads downstairs to the basement to be alone?  

Crazy funny stories from school that  no one would believe could ever happen (unless you're a teacher, then you know those things really do happen)?

Destiny asking me if the Chinese restaurant sells fish because she notices that there are fewer fish in the fish tank?  

Sometimes it's hard to think of what to write.  We ask our kids to do this every day.  Participating in the Slice of Life Challenge  reminds me again of the importance of writing every day.  

7 comments:

  1. I agree. I was just reflecting on the daily writing process in my slice today. Even though some days are more challenging than others, you will find that the consistency lifts the level of your writing by the time the month has completed. We are able to stretch and grow in our writing. Stick with it!

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  2. It's always interesting to me to observe how some days the writing comes easily and other days I can't find something I want to write about to save my life. Or rather, I can find stuff to write about, but nothing feels necessary once I sit down to write. Yes, we ask kids to do this every day and it's easy to forget how challenging it truly is!

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  3. Yes, ma'am!! Right on!! I concur!
    Today was my first day where I just couldn't...nothing was right.
    It is so good for me to put myself here, next to kids, next to other writers. Then we have someone to look at and ask, "What's going on with you?"

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  4. So right there with you. I wonder how many slices I can write about recommending books to kids worrying about my sons or incidents with friends. Today I tried a list, just for something different.

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  5. Ha! Destiny makes me laugh. Look at all of those questions that could become little slices of the day. Sometimes it is the noticing that is hard. Sometimes it is the deciding that is hard. Sometimes it is just finding the words to really get to the story. So here we are each evening, just trying to find a little slice.

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  6. Clare actually writes about this idea today in her slice - how difficult writing can be for us, as adults. Like you, I sometimes get stuck at finding the right slice or the right post I want to share.
    But I have to say - my favorite one from the list about is the one about the fish tank!

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