#SOL17: Inspiration

The #SOLSC will soon be here. One of the most amazing sources of inspiration is Sally Donnelly’s padlet here.  It’s a treasure trove of writing ideas!


What will I write about every day in March?

Narratives continue to be my personal struggle.

Poetry is always a “fall back”option.

Checking the “Call for Slices” for quotes/inspiration is another option.

Personally, where will my inspiration come from?  I’m beginning with rereading the posts in the chart from another slicing year..  Do I want to reconsider the formats?  What about the topics?  What if I rewrote from another angle?  All of these ideas are circulating in my brain. In the spirit of being “BRAVE” (my #OLW17), I plan to have fewer pre-planned posts and truly practice more extemporaneous daily writing.

What is your plan for Volume and Stamina for the #SOL17SC?  

How are you preparing?  

What will be your measure of success?
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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

29 responses

  1. I have no plan! I ought to come up with one. Usually I just write about the top thing on my mind. Sometimes I get a bit into it and have to start something new because I realize the story isn’t going anywhere. 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      There are many ways to approach #SOLSC and some of us definitely “overplan”. Thinking ahead can help that “top thing” be a bit developed even if only in the mind!

  2. I rarely plan my posts. I need to write in the moment. I need the adrenaline. Sometimes that’s tough, but it’s how I work best. I prepare my post drafts with my thanks to TWT and dates, etc. All the minutiae will get done ahead of time so that makes it purely writing. See you in March at the SOLC!

    1. Michelle,
      Thanks for sharing this . . . ” I prepare my post drafts with my thanks to TWT and dates, etc. All the minutiae will get done ahead of time so that makes it purely writing.”

      I never considered completing the minutiae in advance. Well, DUH! 🙂

  3. Inspiration and ideas are all around us. We can follow a plan or let the word flow freelyThe most important is to sit down and write. Looking forward to March.

    1. So true, :Sitting down and writing is the key! ❤

  4. Thanks for the kind shout-out! I am getting excited for my year #4 BECAUSE of my plans! So excited to spend every day in March with you!! Also, are you coming to the Reunion Sat? I am. I also plan to apply tomorrow for August Writing. Let me know when/if you’ll be in NYC. I love seeing you in person, too!

    1. Sally,
      Your padlets and plans are amazing. Mine are still pretty fluid (HA! Thinking stage only!).
      March – every day slicing
      Saturday reunion – YES!
      August – applying for Writing YES!
      August – applying for Reading YES!
      So many opportunities to see you online and in person!

  5. It’s so funny. This year I haven’t committed. Yet I’m guessing I will do it. March is going to be an intense month of teaching so it will have to come from that source and be fueled by it.
    Sadly, I won’t be at TC in August. If I go it will be in June. August is too close to school’s start.

    1. Julieanne,
      March is a crazy month but I love the time to write as well as the self-induced pressure.

      Are you going to Saturday reunion? I will be curious to see / compare June to August institutes! Crossing my fingers!

  6. This will be my first go at the March SOL challenge, and I have no “real” plan! I am preparing mentally for the challenge, and plan to just find the time every day to sit down and to write! I’m really not sure what that will look like yet, though. I plan to just write what comes into my head that day. Measuring my own success will be in the ability to complete this challenge. 🙂 Can’t wait for next week, and excited to read everyone’s posts!!!

    1. Congratulations on your plan to join the March SOL challenge. It’s so invigorating to write every day! That said – as a morning “poster” – it’s also sometimes daunting when my schedule interferes with completing my writing in the early morning hours.

      I’m really at a “framework stage” as I toy with the idea of a big theme . . .

      You will love slicing. It’s one of the best communities online! 🙂

  7. I meant to have a plan but don;t yet. I usually have a list of ideas, but not this year. I might be “pantsing” it. I loved your chart and might play around with something similar to collect some ideas before March 1st.

    1. Adrienne,
      I’m thinking that my plan for this year is “collect ideas” – in progress and develop list – probably ongoing. My schedule for this week does NOT look like it will cooperate and WOW – March is next week!

      YIKES! ❤

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. For the first time in eight years, I will not be a part of the March challenge – which is bittersweet.

    1. Tara,
      You will be missed; however, you have several daunting tasks ahead of you. Staging . . . so interesting! Loved your “shades” slice today. I remember when we saw the layers of wallpaper in our old house!

  9. I admit that I don’t have a plan, I just wing it. I know this is not the best way to prepare because there are days when I scratch my head wondering what to write about. I have even thought about skipping a day. Not good. One of these years I might have a plan and a list of things to write about. Of course, it is not March yet so I can still organize that list.

    1. Maybe when I feel like I have better control of my time . . . but even then I think I will have a “plan to plan”. I have to own that! It’s me!

  10. I never plan. I mean, I have a couple of ideas in my back pocket to write about at all times (like a slice on how I never hang my jacket up when my daughter is at school), but I just let the day and my mood take me wherever I want to go.

    Will look forward to checking out Sally’s padlet!

    1. Stacey,
      Do tell . . .”never hang your jacket up when Isabelle is at school”. . . I’m hooked. I’m not as spontaneous as I sometimes like to think I am!

      Hmmm. . . .a slice in there!

      1. Wait for me to get desperate one day and I will share it!

  11. I’m a little envious that you are brave enough to enter each day with a sense of wonder that allows you to begin anew as a writer. As you read on my post, I am definitely a pre-planner for 31 days, but I like to believe I keep my eyes wide open in case a moment of wonder arrives.

    1. Karen,
      I’m not quite that brave. I typically begin a draft at 10 pm the night before. Type 30 min. max. Begin again the next day.

      I like moments of wonder but some days they have to hit me over the head!!!

  12. I also found lots of great ideas in Sally’s post. I usually write down several ideas as a fall back, but I like trying to find something special in the ordinary things I do daily. And I always seem to get inspiration from others.

    1. Rose,
      I think the variety / models / inspiration from others is one of the BEST parts about SLICING every day in March. But I, too, found lots of other ideas for self-improvement on Sally’s post! ❤

  13. Thank you for this call to action. I’m on the fence, Fran! Last year about killed me. I felt burn out. Still, I just love a challenge. We’ll see when next week comes round. I started that new blog – but it’s weird. It’s not ready. I’m delighted you’ll be participating again this year.

    1. Dana,
      Posts can be as long or as short as you need them. However, we always need readers and ‘commenters’ so either role will work!

  14. I love that you brainstormed ideas for what you write about. I think I might have to try out sharing my day through poetry.

    1. There are so many ways to share ideas and I love that we can explore them in such a supportive environment! ❤

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