Thank you Two Writing Teachers for the opportunity to WRITE!
I feel a bit like a "Survivor" participant who is asked to talked to the camera regarding my experience as a participant in "Slice of Life". No one has asked me to actually speak about my experience. While I am on this little hiatus from the classroom, I am trying to find ways to hone my writing skills. I have watched (More like stalking) "The Slice of Life" since 2012 reading the posts and wanting to participate. I didn't join while I was in the classroom, simply because, I didn't want to fail and not post nightly. I felt that this year, my own children were older and I could take the risk.
So, I have always told my students that writing is difficult, hard work, sometimes you struggle, writing is heartfelt and honest. Many of the things I wanted to write about were more about ways to work through problems. Topics, that I really didn't want to share publicly. One of those "Fold over pages" I allow students to do in their writer's notebook when it's not something they want to share.
I have discovered, that I do like to write and that I am probably a better technical writer, and professional writer than a creative writer. I would like to become a more creative writer, which I think means, slow down, observe the world that is taking place around me. Listen. Feel.Smell. Put it into words. I will find a way to tackle this challenge. I often feel that their are stories, characters, dreamy settings, just waiting to make there way to the page.
I can dream....work towards making it a reality. This might be the first step.