It's March and time for the Slice of Life Challenge! Thanks so much to the entire crew at Two Writing Teachers for organizing and hosting this massive event! You are all rock stars!
I'm excited to be part of the Challenge again this year. As I continue to tap into "joy" as the motivation for my writing, I am also tracking the territories about which I tend to write (and sometimes intertwine). Current writing territories are teaching, family, friends, travel, working with a personal trainer, the quirks of being me. Today, my focus is me as a writer.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve written so consistently, so until today, I hadn’t really thought much about my writing process. But, as I sat down to write this morning, it became very apparent to me that my process on the weekend is quite different than my weekday writing.
Opening the laptop and Getting organized
Each Saturday and Sunday when I open my laptop, I first scan my desktop and look at its clutter. So many screenshots, images, and saved documents from the week! Time to organize them by trashing, putting in folders on the desktop, or saving to the Cloud.
I also spend some time reading article ideas and blog posts that I have begun, but haven’t finished. I start to think and plan for what’s next for all of those. Today the answer was just putting them in a writing ideas folder to come back to when I am ready. One article idea really caught my attention this morning, so I envision tomorrow morning’s organization will include jotting down some more thinking around that topic.
Then the collaborative part of my writing process begins. Instead of jumping right into my own writing, I begin to comment on others’ posts. I came to the realization that there is even a system for that.
My comments rotate daily (even throughout the week) between:
- · Posts that appear on my Feedly stream one day
- · Slicers that comment on any of my posts – another day is devoted to leaving comments for these people who have so generously stopped by my blog and left a post
- · The suggestion that was given by The Two Writing Teachers gang – a few on either side of my name in the Comments feed
But on the weekend, I make a huge effort to get to those first two groups of people – Feedly and people who left comments – on both days.
This is a great writing warm-up because it lets me peek into so many lives, and (I admit it!) sometimes even borrow ideas for slices. It is a perfect way to get my writing juices flowing.
Once I have celebrated others, then it is time to choose one or two posts to write for myself. I make sure Facebook, email, and Twitter are closed – much less distraction! – and I begin to write.
Do you have a process that looks different on the weekends? I’d love to hear about it!