The Slice of Life Story Challenge
I do love writing. I had forgotten how good it feels to put words on paper (or type on a screen these days). Releasing the emotions, gaining the clarity, and allowing others to read and share and learn. What an awesome feeling it is!
I have had Ralph Fletcher's book, A Writer's Notebook, waiting patiently on my professional bookshelf at school for, um, well, a couple of years now. I finally cracked it open this week with all this excitement about writing.
I occasionally use my writer's notebook. It's an easy place to jot down a quick thought, idea, or phrase someone said that may lead to a future slice. I bought two fun notebooks (again, years ago. . .) to create a reading journal for home and a reading journal for school. I was determined to keep a record of my reading and thoughts so that I could share and teach students to do the same. Years later, I had two empty, thought-less journals.
Now the beautiful purple notebook has become the collector of my notes, thoughts, questions, and everything else for my girls.
The fun black-n-white flower covered journal has been readopted this month as my writing notebook. I notice myself listening more . . . not only with my ears, but with my eyes. There are stories to be told all around us - a sliver of a slice is more than plenty to keep us content and full.
After reading Fletcher's book, I fully understand the importance of keeping and storing ideas that I don't want to forget - I just never know when one idea will spark and a fire of words and stories will illuminate and warm my heart.
I will be using my notebook more and more in the coming weeks as the challenge will be ending. I am committed to writing - so let the stories be told and shared. I have also decided that this journal can be both my reading and writing notebook. It will safely hold all of my valuable ideas and slices of life, and it will be a record of the books that I read, quotes that touch my heart, and so on. Reading and writing are reciprocal friends, so why can't they share a home in my notebook?
By the way, Fletcher's book is great! I look forward to sharing it with students to open their eyes, ears and hearts to the stories all around them. Let the writer's notebook challenge begin!