A Small Celebration

This past Sunday was the National Day on Writing. It seems there is now a National Day for just about everything.  There is a National Day on Doughnuts, A National Daughters’ Day, Sons’ Day, Puppy Day, Coffee Day, and then some.  But on this annual day on writing, I’ve decided that I want to take a moment to celebrate  the writer I have become.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer.  When I was young, I filled many a diary with my day to day happenings. As I got older, I tried to capture special moments, memories, dreams, and ideas. As a young teacher, I kept a writers’ notebook alongside my third grade students, capturing observations, glueing in tickets and a lock of hair from my daughter’s first haircut, seed ideas for stories, and even a few sketches.  A few years ago, I read about the Two Writing Teachers’ March Slice of Life Challenge.  The post encouraged teachers of writing to become writers in order to better teach our student writers.  I was ready to push myself to another level as a writer, so I asked a few of my colleagues if they wanted to take on the challenge.  They said yes, and we jumped in.  We’ve been writing ever since.

I now blog once a week and even write other entries in between.  All week I plan and gather ideas for my weekly post.  I plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish.  I put my writing and my voice out into the world, I take risks, I receive feedback from other writers, and I am part of a writing community. I’m not sure the writing is all that good, but I am writing and on a regular basis.  I’m going through the process.  I’m capturing some stuff on paper (or screen). I’m walking the talk.

Today I am a writer.  That’s something to celebrate.

9 thoughts on “A Small Celebration”

  1. I think this is a big celebration. Writing is a most worthy craft, worth all the labor of continually honing – few things hold such transformative power. Beginning within the writer. I celebrate your ongoing journey.

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