Thursday, March 5, 2015

{#sol15} just write 5/31

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
hosted at the Two Writing Teachers
Join us for a month of writing!

Did anyone happen to mention that challenges can be hard?  
Did anyone tell you that you will have a day when ...

You don't know what to write.
You just don't want to write.
You finally decide to start to write -- and then delete.  Every.  Word.

You WILL struggle.
YOU will push through.
You will just write.

Then you start another slice.  Delete.  Delete.  Delete.
And you wait.  You tap your fingers on the keyboard.  
And you wait.  As if an idea will magically pour out of your fingertips.

You WILL want to give up.
YOU will see a glimpse of a story.
You will just write.

You write and actually finish a slice without deleting it all.
Then you think that what you wrote is just not good enough to share --
Even though no one here -- no one -- is judging you.  

You WILL hate writing.
YOU will wonder why you are doing this.
But you will just write.

Did anyone happen to mention that challenges are hard?
Did anyone tell you that you will have a day when ...

DON'T listen to them.  
Just say, "I'm going to write anyway."


  1. That was mentioned to me just a friend at school. Well, you can quit at any time, right? Well, I could, but she knows me better than that--I won't. Threading ideas through the brain is a good thing. And that thread, the story thread gives you that perfect escape from the 'to do list' that never, ever gets done!

  2. Ah yes, the critic inside with her bewitching messages. Many of my posts follow this tempestuous process. Write. Delete. Write some more. Delete. And when I finally publish, I still hear the inner voice, criticizing.

    Once in a while, that witch leaves me unattended, while she vexes someone else, and I write something that I can't wait to share. Something that I am proud of. Words, free of criticism.

    Witch or no witch, I write.

  3. Sometimes those words and stories that we think are terrible can touch someone else and give them ideas. Yes, it's tough and I don't always want to write, but because of people like YOU, I do share.

    Love ya, Mom

  4. Thanks for this, Michelle. Feeling this today.

  5. Every time I feel this way I hear your voice! Xoxo

  6. Thankfully I haven't had this...yet but I know it will happen. It did last year. Only in this writing space can we write about not knowing what to write about and still feel safe. We know we are not alone!

  7. Well, I have already quit several times but somehow the thoughts and words came spewing out and made it to the "paper" before they were gone. I told myself I need to make it to Sunday, and that would be an accomplishment for me. Thanks for validating my thoughts! Your blog is always an inspiration, Michelle!

  8. I can add the...."Is this good enough?" worry?

  9. Thank you! The SOLSC community thanks you!

  10. Yep. The writing challenge is hard but we will write anyway. Thank you for the encouragement.

  11. Yes, and yes! But I'm writing anyway and really enjoying it. Reading all the other posts is equally enjoyable. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

  12. I hope everyone stops by and reads this. Write, delete, write, the cycle continues.

  13. I love challenges...and I think you do, too! Keep writing. I love to read your stories!!

  14. Definitely some big truths here!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.