Keep Your Fingers Flying #SOL21

It’s a dreary day here and I am sitting at my computer trying to write. I say trying because I have no clue what to write about today. Which I find interesting because I just completed sixty-one days, yes 61 days, of writing. March brought the daily slice of life challenge, and April had me writing a poem a day. My choice of course, and I loved every minute of it. I rarely had writers block, almost always finding something to slice or “poet’ about. So today with the freedom to write a small moment I find myself stuck.

Is my brain fried? Have I led some boring existence? Is this another side effect of the pandemic? The answer is a resounding no on all fronts, it’s just one of those days.

Yet it ties me to many of my students who claim they can’t write. The ones we sit with and guide into searching their brains, their writing notebooks, their afterschool plans to help jog their minds for topics. So we tell them to just keep their pens going.

That’s me today – keeping my fingers flying on the keyboard with no message, no little chuckle of a story to offer, no cute grandbabies to smile about. For today, I am simply keeping my fingers flying. And for today, that feels just fine.

Is my writing mood a reflection of this dreary drizzly scene?

I am joining the writing community over at Two Writing Teachers today and every Tuesday with a little slice of life story. Please consider joining in the writing fun!

9 Replies to “Keep Your Fingers Flying #SOL21”

  1. Sometimes when we let our fingers fly, we surprise ourselves and others with wisdom, wit or simply a true authentic post about where we are in the moment. Loved this.

  2. “If you can’t think of anything, you can always write about what you ate for breakfast” is my usual line when 2nd grade narratives don’t *poof* appear out of thin air for some 7-year-old writers. Good luck, keep those fingers cruisin’! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. My mind went blank after the March challenge 😊 For almost two weeks I did not know what to write. Is the photo of a lake or of a river? Is it near your place ?

  4. Christine, yes, as Nancy said, it would be a great piece to share with your students who have no idea what to write about. I love that last paragraph–keeping your fingers flying with none of this or that, but then: “And for today, that feels just fine.” Ys, indeed! Congrats on 61 days of challenges too!

  5. Fantastic title and a great experience to share with kids. I’m impressed with your organization because this was a write when your pen didn’t stop, but all the ideas were sequenced and connected.

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