When You Think You’re Done You’ve Just Begun

Today is day 31 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.  Hip! Hip! Hooray!  I sliced every day for the entire month of March for the second year in a row!

When You Think You’re Done You’ve Just Begun!

Here it is day 31 of the March Slice of Life Challenge and I am still writing with energy and stamina!  The first thing that comes into my mind is that writers workshop phrase we all know and love so well: When you think you’re done you’ve just begun!  Why do I say that?  I say that because I know that I am a writer and I have much writing left to do and more importantly I have much more growing to happen!  

But first, I want to celebrate all that I have accomplished.  

Here is my list of my March SOL 2017 accomplishments:

  • Writing for 31 consecutive days
  • Digging deep into places I don’t like to write about
  • Trying my hand at some of the craft moves that I ask my kindergarten and 1st grade students to use: dialogue, catchy beginnings, tying up the story with a bow so you don’t leave the reader hanging…
  • Attempting new formats of poetry: ABC, Phone number, and book spine, to name a few
  • Infusing my writing with a touch of my OLW (one little word – JOY) as much as possible 
  • Commenting on many more posts than last year
  • Growing from other mentor writers that participated in the SOL Challenge – I can’t thank this community enough!
  • Discovering many new educational ideas and thoughts
  • Learning how to schedule my posts and cross-post to Twitter

And here is how I think I can continue to grow as a writer:
  • Commit to contributing each week to the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge
  • Recruit colleagues to join in the writing fun
  • Consider volunteering to be a welcome wagon team member next year (Time to give back!)
  • Learn more about writing poetry
  • Continue to add to my google doc listing slice ideas
  • Copy the links to posts that generate slice of life ideas so that I can better acknowledge the original author
  • Buy a small, pretty writing journal to place in my purse so I can capture my new ideas while out and about
With this great list I must say that I am looking forward to the journey!  For when you think you’re done,you’ve just begun!  

5 Replies to “When You Think You’re Done You’ve Just Begun”

  1. Congratulations on making it through March!
    Just an FYI: I did make it to the Emberley Exhibit in Worcester! Drove down yesterday. It was great. I'm so glad you mentioned it in your Slice.


  2. Congratulations on finishing another Challenge! You have accomplished a lot and have set up some great goals. I am still working on carrying a paper journal, but, now that I won;t be slicing every day, I make more of an effort to carry it, and WRITE in it.

  3. I like how reflective you were about your experience. Some years I have participated in the Tuesday post. This is a goal….I will see you there. The connections I have made…..wow, I am so grateful. See you on Tuesdays!-Barbara aka travelinma

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