#SOL20: Writing Community

The calendar is full.

But your writing is so much better when you write every day.

No. The calendar is full.

But it’s not just the writing. It’s the feedback and the community.

The calendar is full and I’m already in another writing challenge.

But maybe the two can work together.

SThe calendar is full, but I hate to miss it.

Maybe you can pull ideas from your notebook to revise.

The calendar is full, but I’ve signed up again.

The March sign up for the Slice of Life Story Challenge is open again (here) and the argument with myself is over. It’s that time of the year to begin thinking of friendships: near and far, F2F meet ups IRL (face to face and in real life), travels together, presentations together, and shared lives. That’s just a small peek into the benefits that I’ve garnered from the #SOL community.

It’s that time of year again. Reflection on how it all began as I envision my seventh year of #SOLSC daily March blogging.  186 posts with numerous comments. Where will this year’s path take me? Who will be continuing? What newcomers will be added? Who is in my writing community?

Not yet convinced?  Read Jill Davidson’s amazing post about their writing community and the benefits in her Ed Collaborative post titled “Building a Community Through Writing” here.

Where is your writing community?

Who is in it? 

How do you nurture your community?

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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20 responses

  1. I was thinking about this very thing last night – protecting the writing time and how I do it. I get up early on purpose in order to get mine in. I will say the challenge brings a time challenge for me this year that is different! We are in this together!

    1. Tammy,
      My definition of “drafty” writing always seems to surface in March while slicing. I think that’s a really good thing!

  2. I worry sometimes about lac of community in the world. Then I realize maybe the definition changed. I used to meet community in-person. NOW, I meet SO many people – like YOU – first virually and eventually in person. So glad we will be meeting LOTS in March. I’m in !!
    11 more days!!

    1. Sally,
      I think our definitions of community have changed. Some have had to seek community outside their physical locals for the mental and professional connections! See you soon!

  3. Seventh year! And so much growth in community in that time. Reading your posts always feels like talking with you. Grateful for this.

    1. Julieanne,
      Community in March is daily chats with the slices, but the rest of the year is more of an ebb and flow. Life happens. Cannot wait to reconnect!

  4. March is looming in, and while it overwhelms me, it also inspires me. And yes to all the people I’ve met and I know through the years of SOLSC. You’re an important one!!!

    1. Melanie,
      Totally two sides of the coin. It seems like an overwhelming commitment but such a rewarding one to find new friends and reconnect with others!

  5. I finally signed up today- my sixth year. Thanks to Sally’s post I even emailed colleagues just now to encourage some to join in. I worry about being too busy too, so my slices may be slicelets. Can’t wait to read more from you soon!

    1. Erika,
      Love the concepts of slicelets! Writing is writing! See you soon!

  6. I grow anxious each year thinking about fitting it in and yet writing always happens. I am amazed at how I see the world differently in March! Jumping in again and looking forward to chatting with everyone next month!

    1. Christine,
      It’s a magical world of support and so fun to reconnect with some friends across the world.

      1. Agree Fran! That magical community is what brings me back! Looking forward to reading your daily insights!

  7. You nailed my thoughts exactly, Fran. I was not going to sign up for this year’s challenge after I looked at my March calendar. However, I knew there would be a void if I didn’t sign up. This community is so encouraging I want to be a part of it again. I signed up.

    1. Literally a “Catch 22.” – It just would not feel right if I was not writing every day in March!

  8. I’m thrilled you shared the link to Jill’s piece. What a gem it is!

    I’m delighted you’ll be joining us in March. I opened the participant information form a week earlier this year. It’s already exciting to see familiar names, as well as brand new ones in the spreadsheet!

    1. I think we need many writing communities to support us, and both Jill’s post and #TWT provide us with rich opportunities!

  9. I will be signing up again this year for the SOL#20 challenge. I participated for the first time in 2017, returned in 2018, and took 2019 off but still wrote every day (just did not participate in the challenge). Since the last week of February 2017, I have blogged nearly every day and sometime within the next month, I will write my one-thousandth (1,000) post! And, to think it all started with the March 2017 SOL Challenge! Looking forward to this year!

    1. Wow! Good for you! Cannot wait to check out your posts!

      1. Thanks! I’m pretty sure you’ve been on my page before!

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