Sunday, March 25, 2012

Brief Reflection

Counting tonight, we have 7 more days to slice in this year's challenge, so this is a brief update on how I feel about slicing this year.  In a nutshell, it doesn't seem as hard as last year, my first year to participate. 

I notice this year, I am not clamoring to find topics as much.  I remind myself what this challenge is all about--the plain and simple and what I take from it. 

This weekend though I felt I needed a break and thought possibly about not writing yesterday or today just because.  But I ended up finding something to write about without too much thought anyway.   Well, tonight I realized that we have only 6 more days.  I even have some ideas waiting for me.   I don't need a break after all. 

Do you suppose I've made friends with my writing so to speak?  My oldest son Eric, my biggest fan and critic, said I write well about stories from the past and with the free verse.  I do feel comfortable writing those.  As far as the children's story I'm writing, one of my BONS friends said she felt I was finding my voice since I started thinking of my grandchildren as my audience for this story.  So is this all about voice?   

Well, hello, Voice, my new friend.  We have a lot of work to do.


  1. I have been so busy lately that I don't always feel like I have time, but you are right, it seems easier in some ways. Maybe it is the voice. I feel like I have a long way to go in that department though. Not sure I'm always using it, or if I'm often hiding behind someone else's voice. So I'll keep going until I figure it out and can use mine, and use it better. I've been thinking about that lately a lot.

  2. Hi Tam, I love that you asked if you've made friends with your writing. How great is that. You said 'comfortable' and that you have ideas. That sounds like you've made a good friend to me. Plus, how great that your best reader is your son! Couldn't be better!

  3. I echo your sentiments about the challenge seeming easier this year...and I almost decided not to write this weekend as well...just because. It is almost like I feel it is so much a part of my routine, I don't need to force it.

    I love that you have so many people around to support you and give you writing feedback.

    I enjoy your written voice. It makes me think I would probably enjoy your spoken voice as well!

  4. I found it easier this year too - and like you, occasionally thought I might take a day off, but then I didn't. "Voice" is such a loud word for something that seems more like an intense but quiet summoning.

  5. How exciting to be able to recognize so much growth in your own writing! Comparing last year to this is great, but noticing the growth in your own voice is fantastic! And, having support that is right there with you, giving you feedback, helping you to really SEE yourself as a writer? That is priceless!

  6. Finding your voice - you are developing that voice so well. You have a delightful command of the written word and are creating posts as gifts to us and your children. So glad you family is involved (and the BONS too).