The Slice of Life Story Challenge
My mom was the first (and only) person I trusted and shared my blog with when I started it over a month ago.
It takes oodles of courage to share writing with others. I write, rewrite, delete, read, search for a better word, delete, read again, and repeat this process four or five times. Then I read it one more time in the morning. It takes a long silent moment before I can click the "Publish Post" button at the bottom of the page. Why do I feel this sense of apprehension?
I think it was easier sharing my writing with the unknown few on Tuesdays for the Slice of Life. However, now that we have spent almost a month getting to know each other, your encouraging words of support and understanding help continue to build my confidence as a writer. My willingness to share with others, even those that I know beyond just my mother, is becoming easier.
Yet, as a teacher of reading and writing, I encourage and expect my students to share all day long. Share their thinking, share their writing. Though, it just dawned on me . . . I wonder if my students feel the same angst that I do. What can I do to continue to build their confidence and feel comfortable sharing their writing? Build a community of writers, just like Ruth and Stacey!