I have toyed with participating in the Slice of Life (SOL) writing challenges. I look to the writers who participate in these
challenges as writing mentors. I am not a confident writer and thinking of my work standing besides the writing of these writers intimidates me. Well, this year I took the risk. I dove in and I am letting my novice writing stand along side the gifted writers in the SOL challenge.
So what happened this year that gave me the courage to dive in?
My class of 6 and 7 year old writers!
When I asked my class if they wanted to join a 30-day writing challenge they cheered. There is just something about the word challenge that motivates most (not all) first graders. Instantly the questions began to fly.
Do we really write every day? Can I write in my notebook? Can we write in our blogs? Can we comment on other blogs? What happens on the weekends? Can we draw? Can we share it with our blog friends in Hong Kong? Can we write in writer’s workshop? Can we write fiction? Does it have to be a personal narrative? Can we write poems? Can I start now?
The excitement was palpable and at this moment I knew we were it in together. The excitement of these first graders gave me energy. I stepped up to the keyboard, started writing about the slices of my life, and clicked the scary ORANGE button. I released my work to the world of writers that I have idolized for so long and joined the #SOL14 writing challenge.
Just yesterday a very spunky little writer bubbled up to me, pausing only long enough to say, "I have 4 pages on my blog now and 26 comments!" She quickly turns to run back to her blog as she continues- "I really a writer now!"
Yes! Madi you really are a writer now! I already knew that, but now SHE knows it too and that’s what's important!