“…there is nothing more wonderful than a list…”
~ Umberto Eco ~
As this month draws to a close, it seems natural to reflect on what I’ve learned. Lists have been popular this year. I love lists and have tried a few different formats myself, and thought a compare/contrast style list would work to organize my jumbled thoughts about writing each day for the past 30 days.
The Perils of Writing Every Day
- Chocolate on the computer–I guess as long as it doesn’t work its way into the keyboard or USB port, it really can’t hurt.
- Almost driving into a snowbank as I watched a bobcat cross the road. (Thankfully, the snow is gone!)
- Being so tired from reading and writing (not to mention life) that I could hardly see straight, yet when I finally got into bed and closed my eyes, words floated into my brain and I had to get up to write them down.
- Washing my hair with body soap because I was still tired and distracted by my thoughts.
- There was something else, but I can’t remember what it was because I didn’t write it down!
The Pleasures of Writing Every Day
- Finding exactly the right words to express my thoughts.
- Reflecting on daily events through writing. This has helped me learn and deepen my understanding about a many topics.
- Learning about myself as a writer–being conscious of my bad habits and trying to improve my writing.
- Having the satisfaction of letting go of some self-doubt and accomplishing a goal — sharing an original poem each Friday was scary.
- Being part of this supportive, nurturing community. Your comments and feedback have encouraged me and made me brave.
I am so grateful to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Anna, Betsy, and Beth for providing this space for us to share our writing, and to everyone on the support team who helped with all the details. I can only imagine the time and effort that have gone into making this month-long challenge a success. Thank you all for your generosity!
Finally, I am in awe of all of you. The writing that you have shared in response to the SOL challenge has been amazing. Your words have moved me to laughter and tears, and have given me new insights and understanding into life. Thank you so much for sharing.