Through the eyes of a writer #SOL20 #SOLSC20

Happy first day of the 2020 March Slice of Life Story Challenge at Two Writing Teachers! This is my fourth year participating and I’m thrilled to be here and be part of this wonderful community.

Yesterday I attended EdCamp Boston and had the pleasure of initiating a session about Teacher Writers with my slicing and Teach Write buddy, Paula Bourque. About 15 educators joined us and attendees ranged from a published book author to teachers who were intrigued by the idea of writing themselves but aren’t doing so…YET!

One of the ideas we shared with the folks who joined us was that writing regularly changes your view of the world. When you establish a regular writing habit, you often find yourself viewing daily life through the eyes of a writer. Every personal experience or observation has slicing potential. As I write in my notebook each evening, thanks to Michelle Haseltine’s #100DaysOfNotebooking project, I find myself not only recording events of my day, but also observations, overheard conversation snippets, and other thoughts and ideas. Some might be tapped for a poem or slice, while others will remain untouched. The important thing is that my eyes and ears remain open to the world around me.

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Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.

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18 thoughts on “Through the eyes of a writer #SOL20 #SOLSC20

  1. When I get out of the habit of writing (as I have been for the past few months), this is what I miss the most: “The important thing is that my eyes and ears remain open to the world around me.” When I’m not writing regularly, my eyes and ears seem closed to the world! There is so much I don’t notice or see. When I am writing daily, I look at the world so much more carefully. Thank you for this reminder of what it is I truly value about a regular writing habit!

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  2. It was so awesome being able to collaborate with you and share our passion for teacher writers. It’s so true that writing regularly changes your view of the the world. The Slice of Life has certainly made that evident to me and the #100Daysof Notebooking has been a game changer. So glad it was through these habits that we got to know one another and work together, too! Happy Slicing, my friend!

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  3. Yes! I wish other teachers of writing realized the importance of habits. I know both Slice of Life and 100 Days has opened my eyes even wider. Looking forward to writing with you this month!

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  4. Sounds like you were in a perfect space yesterday, sharing your passion amongst an eager to listen audience! Thanks for sharing some wisdom in your post. I plan to tuck this line away and recall it as the month of March goes on – Every personal experience or observation has slicing potential. Happy March!!

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  5. Yes! You may have seen my comment to a mutual notebooker on FB about seeing the world as a basket of writing topics. I keep a list of possible topics in my phone and return to them for inspiration when I’m a bit stuck.

    Today I’m noticing moments of inspiration among those in this community. Those to find their way into my phone notes.

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  6. Your slice is so important! I am so grateful for my participation in TeachWrite, the Two Teachers slicing challenge, and the notebooking challenge. My writing has grown in unimaginable and incredible ways thanks to these groups. I am so grateful for the experiences and the support and collaboration with the writer friends I am making along the way. There are so many benefits to being a teacher-writer. Seeing through a writer’s eyes is just the tip of the iceberg. I am glad to be writing with you, Christie! Oh, and it is super cool that you and Paula could facilitate together at EdCamp!

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