This is my fourth Slice of life challenge, and I have seen how practice makes better. By writing every day in four Marches, soon I will have completed 124 pieces that I wouldn’t otherwise have written. And I know I am improving as a writer.
Daniel Pinkwatter wrote about a year he challenged himself to creating a woodblock print each day. (If you don’t know Daniel Pinkwatter, find out. Funny writer for both adults and children.) That idea intrigued me.
So, if I have one month a year of practicing my writing, what if I chose something I want to get better at, some other good habits, for each of the other 11 months? Here is a list of potential endeavors (some more serious than others):
March- Write and post a “Slice of Life” piece of writing each day, and comment on others’ writing.
April- Floss every day. (I need a break after March’s efforts.)
May- Read a poem every day.
June- Listen to a new piece of music every day.
July- Pull a weed every day.
August- Do something unplanned every day.
September- Maybe here is where I try those woodblock prints, except linoleum is easier so I’d use that.
October- Play with the cat every day.
November- Organize/cull a drawer/surface/closet every day.
December- Write a friendly or loving card every day.
January- Listen to an interesting podcast every day. (My husband has this comfy pair of headphones. I can wear them and hear my podcast broadcast from my phone. The reason this is helpful is that with the headphones I can hear while I do noisy things with my hands- wash dishes, cook, walk about, even vacuum! )
February- Discover a new adjective every day. That will serve me well in…
Note: this image is from a workshop by Amanda Gordon Miller.
I wish it were mine 🙂