Back in the Saddle

Day 1 – March 2018 SOLSC

Well, well, well, here I am again – back in the saddle for the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Last year was my first year and it was amazing.  I learned so much.  I enjoyed reading other blogs.  But, I have to admit , I’m a little leery about this year’s challenge.  All sorts of doubts have crossed my mind these past few days and have made me wonder if I’ll be able to do it.

Last year, I had the first time nerves.  I didn’t feel like I was a writer myself.  I wondered if anyone would even read what I had wrote.  I was unsure of myself and never thought I’d be able to write for 31 days straight.  But I talked myself into it, got myself all excited and thought “this is your first time ever blogging, you’ll have tons of stories to tell.  Just dive in and do it!”  So I did, and it was an amazing experience.  Lots of people read my posts and left thoughtful and helpful comments.  Virtual writing conferences!

But now it’s year two and the nerves are back.  This time, with different questions:   “Will I have as many stories to tell this year?  Will I be able to write every day?  Will I have something to say that other people will want to read?  (Ok that’s the same question as last year!) What if I forget to write?  What if I get too busy?  What if I just can’t do it?”

I’m just going to have to block out all of the what ifs.  Block out all of the doubts, because really, they don’t matter.  Of course, all of those things can happen.  Life can just happen.  I mean I have report cards that are due in 6 days and I haven’t even started them yet (but I’ve thought about them – so that counts).  But, regardless of all of the other things I have to do, if I remember how much joy writing brings me, and I show up each and every day and just write, it will all come together, and I will be happy again – writing.

Last year’s challenge helped me to see myself as a writer and find the joy in writing.  I’ve dabbled in the Tuesday Slices, but haven’t really made that a steady habit.  I guess I just work better under more pressure – a slice a day for 31 days straight!  No problem!

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with Slicers from last year and to continue to grow as a writer on this journey with the rest of us taking on this challenge.  I can’t wait to read different posts, connect with others, and steal – I mean borrow – some new craft techniques from everyone.

Happy Slicing!

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Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community.  A place for us to grow together as writers.  Join us for SOL Tuesdays!

5 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. Everything you wrote here about doubts and worries is the exact same thing so many of us are thinking right about now. It is a part of being a writer, I suppose. I’m glad you decided to go for it, Jen. Happy slicing this month. YOU CAN DO IT!

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  2. This is my 4th year and I was so unsure about joining this year that I waited until yesterday to sign up! But like you said, we just have to put all those fears away and jump in. I love this line from your post:
    Last year’s challenge helped me to see myself as a writer and find the joy in writing.
    Reason enough to come back!

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  3. I relate so much to the ‘what if’s’- it’s so easy as people to see all the possible roadblocks. It’s what we are programmed to look for!! I am so glad you came back for year 2 and I’m so glad this is one of the first posts I stumbled upon in my first day of this challenge. I am inspired by your willingness to push yourself and your honesty about your doubts. I am so glad to be on this journey with you. Happy March!

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  4. The honesty in this piece is appealing to me as a reader and a writer. It is daunting to take on this challenge, but obviously, all of us who have signed up have growth mindset and are ready to cheer each other on! I look forward to reading your slices! Thanks for sharing!

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