Dear Two Writing Teachers,
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate, once again, in the March Slice of Life March Writing Challenge. At first I wasn’t really sure I was going to be able to accept your invitation. It’s not that I didn’t want to join you for this party, it’s just that I’m busy. I have work, my family, my dog, my friends, and taking care of the house. I have to wash my car, do the laundry, clean up the yard for spring. I have to…… Well, that’s the point, isn’t it? Without your invitation, TWT, I fill myself with excuses for why I don’t have time in my day to write. So, I accepted your invitation, and I’m so glad I did.
I wrote. I posted something to TWT every day for 31 days. It wasn’t great writing. A lot of it wasn’t even good. But I experimented. I tried some poetry, some opinion writing, some writing about social justice, some slices were about my work as a Literacy Coach, a few posts about spring (or the lack of it), some observations, thoughts about family, and about life.
I wrote with a community of writers. More colleagues at work joined the TWT community this year, so we were able to talk about our writing – about how hard it could be, and how incredibly satisfying it could feel. We laughed together, struggled together, a few of us even wrote together! We read each other’s writing and commented and got ideas and grew as writers together. We made powerful connections with our classrooms and our student writers.
I had the incredible support of the TWT writing community. I so enjoyed reading other posts and commenting on them. I gained so many new insights, about people and about writing. I know people now in ways I never knew them before. The comments on my blog kept me coming back. Some comments were encouraging. Some bloggers reacted in ways that I had hoped they might. Others reacted in ways that surprised me and led me back to look at my writing in new ways.
I’m sad that this party is ending (although looking forward to a short writing vacation). You have fed my need and desire to write. I plan to continue writing and participating in the weekly SOL as I’ve been doing for more than a year now. I’m also hoping to spread my writing wings in some other directions this year.
Thank you for the invitation, TWT.
With love and gratitude,