Have you wanted to stretch yourself as a writer? Do you want to cultivate a habit of living life with your eyes wide open? Do you want to foster a routine of writing daily, which will grow your writing muscles? Would you like to be part of a welcoming, supportive writing community? If so, then I have just the thing for you!
It’s nearly time for the Slice of Life blogging challenge to begin! I have been mentally planning for and anticipating this month for a while now, and I’d love for you to join me. This is the tenth annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) hosted by Two Writing Teachers, and it’s my seventh year to participate. My first year, I dipped my toes in, blogging a few times a week, but I’ve blogged everyday (or nearly everyday) since then. I’m gearing up for a full 31 days of blogging again this year!
What is the SOLSC all about?
- Slice of Life stories are pieces of your ordinary life that you tell through a narrative, poem, photos, etc. For more information on a SOL story, click here.
- On your own blog (an existing blog or you can create a new one- it’s easy!), you write a blog post daily.
- Link your blog post permalink to the Two Writing Teacher’s daily call to slice as a comment.
- Read at least 3 other blogger’s posts and comment on them.
- There are prizes that you can win if you blog everyday for 31 days and comment on at least 3 other posts daily, but the real prize is in the experience.
Here’s what you can expect if you join me in the SOLSC:
- A renewed passion for writing
- To have a place and the space to try out new genres and play with different styles of writing
- Meet new friends (even if it’s just on the interwebs)
- Make connections with others
- Cultivate a daily habit of writing (even when you think you won’t have time)
- An appreciation for ordinary days
- To find stories in seemingly meaningless interactions and experiences (this is where that “living with your eyes wide open” part comes in)
- To be fueled by an audience (there’s something special about knowing others are reading your posts)
- Your stamina and energy for writing to strengthen
This challenge has personally changed me and helped me become a better writer. I came across this post today that I wrote back in 2012, my second year in the challenge, where I reflected on my writing journey. I love this snapshot of where I was as a writer then. I’ve also “met” people who I now call my friends, even though we’ve never met in real life.
March has come to be a month that I cherish, savoring each day, seeking out that spark of inspiration for my daily “slice.” I want to share my passion for this project with you. I hope you join me this year! If you need help creating a blog, I can help! Just ask. And if you do join the challenge, let me know. I’d love to follow you and read your slices. Happy blogging!! 🙂