Takeaways from this experience
I am avoiding writing today because I don’t want to say goodbye. I know there’s always Tuesdays, but often I forget that it’s Tuesday until it’s Wednesday.
This has been an unusual month for me, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t find the time or energy to write every day. But it turned out the opposite was true. This writing commitment gave me purpose and an outlet. It made me more alive and made me process certain events better.
Here are my takeaways from this experience:
- You see the world differently as you look for stories and ideas you wouldn’t normally catch. You are living more of the writerly life. A walk becomes a story-seeking adventure.
- Writing often surprises and just when you think you have nothing to say, aha – it comes. As Eva K. said in her post “Writing can be frustrating:” I never have anything I want to write about and then somehow as I sit to write, something ends up on the page that feels important.” I love that. It’s so true! Lainie, in her wonderful blog post “On Hitting the Wall,” wrote: “It’s the practice of writing, of allowing enough mental quiet to listen for words to come, even when I think I have nothing to say. It forces my growth as a writer.” Allowing enough mental quiet to listen for words… I love that too.
- Writing can be a real struggle and that struggle makes you a better teacher of writing because you are involved in the very process your students are, acknowledging that writing is difficult and at times your writing is not so great.
- The commenting of fellow writers is so validating! What a gift to get response! Having an audience certainly makes you want to be a better writer. Time, ownership and response – three things a writer needs, according to Nancie Atwell, whose words have sounded truth for me for over thirty years.
- Lastly, this is a community of insightful, thoughtful and supportive people. There are incredible writers here!
Thank you to all who are responsible for creating this space, and thank you to everyone for the inspiration and artistry you have added to this March 2021 moment. Hope to see you next year!