Saturday, April 2, 2011

Reflections On The Slice of Life Story Challenge March 2011

Once again I am pleased that I was able to last the distance, to meet the challenge of writing and posting a writing slice every day for the month of March. I became even more aware of those internal machinations of my sometimes scrambled mind, as I pondered my daily posting. The rehearsal was continual. It was stimulating. Words and phrases tumbled around in my brain and I played with ideas until at last I settled on my daily script. Then I sat at the computer and the words spilled onto the screen.

Being involved in SOLSC teaches you to be disciplined as a writer and raises your awareness of small moments in a day and their potential as a focus for writing. It heightens the writer’s awareness of the near world.

Through my participation, I have met new writers and given and received feedback. My horizons have been extended as I have read about the lives of others in areas far removed from mine.  As much as we are different, we share a sense of community and fellowship. Happy, sad, weird and wonderful ideas have been shared through our respective postings. I have been extended as a writer.

This is the third year I have participated in this writing challenge and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. As usual, it provided a great learning experience...

3 comments:

  1. Alan,
    Thank you for your reflective thoughts. I so ditto what you said. My favorite phrase is "those internal machinations of my sometimes scrambled mind". You verbalized what I was thinking. This SOLC has pushed me as a writer. I've taken risks and played with words. I marvel at the molding of words others use and then try it myself. Your slices have mentored my creations. Thank you. MaryHelen

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  2. Wow, just noticed the comment date, it's still yesterday here!
    Wasn't this a great month! I am looking forward to reading more from you on Tuesdays and next March.

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  3. I love how you reflected on SOLS heightening awareness throughout the day. This is so true since, especially for the month long challenge, looking for something to write about each day.

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