SOL2015 March 31 - The Writes Of March Completed
I recall a story of a famous mountain climber being asked why he climbed mountains. He replied, ‘Because they’re there.’ I experience a similar feeling when I think about tackling the challenge of the Slice of Life March Challenge. I consider it an invaluable proposition for me as a writer. It encapsulates every aspect of the writing process, and those processes are reinforced daily by the challenge of producing some meaningful words each day for the entire month of March.
Each day, I willingly indulge in pre-writing. I am aware of my rehearsal. The mulling over of writing possibilities, the choosing of possible words and phrases and the inevitable questions that permeate this planning phase. The drafting follows, frequently occurring at the end of the working day. On occasions an idea supersedes my original intent such is its power over my initial thoughts. It flies into my consciousness like late breaking news.
I compose my urgent words on the computer, before uploading them to my blog. At this point, I begin rereading, revising, reviewing and finally I edit. A final read aloud is conducted and then the uploading of images unfolds. It is at this point the gnashing of teeth takes place when the layout on the screen doesn't match the previewed piece. More layout manoeuvres and some metaphorical nudging and squeezing is hastily undertaken in order to make the pieces fit. My slice of life story is then published. I am at this point both tired and elated. Elated that another day’s challenge has been met. Wholly satisfying. This is my usual routine for the writes of March.
It is with some sense of relief and a large degree of personal satisfaction that I reach the end of this, my seventh challenge. For every participant the writing must fit in with the demands of our wider lives. Professional and personal lives continue to require nourishment and attention while the challenge is in town. It never takes place in isolation.
I recognize that there is something quite addictive in this process; this annual challenge. Something keeps me coming back…
I recognize what my participation provides me as a writer. It gives me focus and discipline. It delivers ideas in abundance. More importantly, it gives me community. Audience and feedback inform and sustain the writer within. I am aware writing can be isolating without these critical elements. I embrace the exchanges with fellow writers.
Thank you fellow SLICERS for your valued feedback.Thank you for the chance to share our respective writings. Thank you for sharing through your writing so much of yourselves, as you go about living your fulfilling lives. I gain insights and inspiration from your collective thoughts. Congratulations and sincere thanks to the team at Two Writing Teachers for presenting this challenging and compelling quest. I feel a sense of commitment each day to my fellow writers. It sharpens my awareness, my observations, my thoughts. I am a moth to this writing flame, drawn to the task of composing my daily slice of life story .
And so, another March is now captured in words –Wonderful to look back over. I have made discoveries, for part of this journey involves exploring self. I have also been able to learn of common incidents in their real state by reading the words of fellow writers. These shared experiences have allowed me to contemplate and connect, despite our geographical differences. It reinforces the fact that happiness frequently resides in embracing the moment. When we learn to do this, we stop borrowing from the bank of future hope.
There are always discoveries to be made, -words, phrases, ideas and the optimism that resides in the attitudes of our fellow citizens of the world. To hear of common experiences, to hear of wonder and curiosity, to hear of empathy, excitement and joy is what sustains us all.
More power to you, fellow slicers!
‘All good things got to come to an end
The thrills have to fade
Before they come 'round again.’
All Good Things