I believe an important part of a writing challenge is to be reflective as a writer . . .
One of the advantages of a writing challenge it to be creative in my slices from day to day. I write slices of my life at home and at school, include some dialogue and descriptive word choice. I write a lot about my girls because I want to hold on to those memories. Each year goes faster and faster. I also dabble in some poetry and list making when I'm feeling short of words. I never really thought of myself as a poet, but I enjoy the less is more approach. That's my repertoire in my back pocket. Not too much creativity, but that's okay because my goal is to write every day!
But how does a writer venture out? Try something new? Experiment?
Easy answer: Read. Read lots of slices. Read some more.
Gather ideas and mentor texts. Pin them to revisit later.
Let the ideas float in your brain and play in your writing notebook.
Time and balance are two of my restraining forces from doing more reading of slices. I can't stress about it -- look how many of you are writing in the challenge! That's awesome!
So, I go about my day and when I have a minute here or ten minutes there or my lunch break or late in the evening, I start reading some slices.
I start gathering ideas and let them soak in like little seeds. Seeds that will grow when I begin to cultivate and nurture, encouraging them to sprout and blossom into the stories that are meant to be shared.
How has this writing challenge pushed you as a writer?
Have you tried experimenting in your writing?