#SOL16: March Challenge Day 7 – A Writer I Am



A writer I am two

Are you a writer?

How do you know?

Process:  I began with Hamlet and “To Be or Not To Be”.  I was thinking that it could easily be re-written as “To Write or Not To Write” but then I literally ran out of steam.  Scratch that idea!  I remembered when Julieanne (@jarhartz) wrote about being a writer here and then I searched my own posts and found a slice from last year that also answered the same question here.  But I wanted a clean, crisp “pattern” so I started writing with a bit of Seuss or Yoda in my brain.  I easily drafted 15 statements and then went back to add a title.  Then I began revising in the form of “re-ordering” the sentences.  I was satisfied with the content, but I wasn’t happy with the format.  That led me to breaking the sentences into two lines with the second part indented and then creating stanzas.  Then I had to find pictures for the top of the post, tag, proof and then publish!


Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge so be ready to read DAILY posts!


24 responses

  1. Fran, I love how you are sharing your process. I am not sure I am aware of my process right now — I seem to have more slices than time these days. I am playing with trying new structures and I am more aware of my process with these slices. I am going to try to document my process for those pieces so I can get better at articulating how I write. A writer you are!!!

    1. Clare,
      It seems like the more I write AND think, the easier it becomes most of the time! THANKS!

  2. I like the Yoda ‘voice” in the piece. It takes a reflective piece and adds a sense of playfulness. Fun structure

    1. Erin,
      Thanks so much! Writing is serious but yet it is also fun. Writing should never become drudgery! 🙂

  3. Love the paragraph that talks about your process. Great idea to share that with us, Fran! This piece would be great to share with students – the process, too!

    1. Thanks, Lynne!
      I’m going to share the process pieces with teachers for sure and also explain why I’m thinking about my process. There is no ONE right way to write!!! ❤

  4. Writing and then writing about your process is a gift to us. Thanks.

    1. You are welcome, Margaret! And I am looking forwar to seeing a lot more of your paintings as well! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your process – so inspiring! Makes me want to write more too!

    1. More writing is always good! 🙂

  6. A gift indeed!!!!! I love that your shared how you started with Hamlet, then Julianne, then another post you made and so on and so on. It helps me to really “see” the process. It motivates me to do the work and start knowing it is going to take time. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sally,
      Revising occurs at so many different levels! Some while writing and some even in the planning stage. It doesn’t take a complete draft to know that it should be abandoned! 🙂

  7. How can you go wrong when you began this way: “so I started writing with a bit of Seuss or Yoda in my brain”. Brilliant!

    1. Tara,
      There are so MANY wonderful models for thinking and writing! 🙂

  8. Fran, I chuckled with your reference to Yoda. I went back and read it with “his” voice and it had a different sound. But either way I judge you are a writer and enjoy your writing on a regular basis. Keep it up. Yoda would be proud.

    1. Christine,
      So glad that you caught that! I was amazed at exactly how verbose I was last year. Maybe I’m overthinking my writing this year, but “longer” is not always better! In fact, MORE words can often get you into trouble much faster! Thanks for commenting! And special thanks for reading! 🙂

  9. I love how you have taken on the voice of another writer to find your own.

    1. Julieanne,
      I am ready to borrow from anyone who is helpful! ❤

  10. Brillant. I appreciate your “longer” is not always better. I find I dig myself into a bottomless hole I can’t climb out of when I write. Working on my slicing, and you always inspire me with her post!

  11. Thanks, Jessie!
    There is so much that we can all learn from each other! So many different ways to get to writing!

  12. I didn’t hear Yoda – but I definitely heard you. And well, you’re pretty darned close to YODA – so I guess I actually DID hear that wise voice. Delightful.

    1. Thanks so much Dayna – I was thinking “old” so I appreciate your “wise”! LOL

  13. LOVE it, Fran! And I did hear that bit of Seuss & Yoda from the very beginning, so much so that at first it made me fight with the punctuation. I kept wanting it to be “A writer I am when I write.”

    1. Alice,
      Oh, I do like that version too! It was a post that I read out loud and really liked! Pure fun! ❤

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