This year whilst slicing, I am not really planning most of the topics for my slices. I just write. When I get to my laptop I see what comes to me and I write.
I think I have grown a little more confidence with my writing. I don’t always fuss about the style or perfection for my first draft. This has helped me write from my heart. I write whatever comes to me. I sometimes let my writing brew a bit, maybe leave the piece for a few hours and read over it again.
I always find something I have to edit or revise, then find an alternative word, synonym or powerful verb. In my notebook, I create webs, write lists or read new words I have found. I know this community is helping me develop as the comments encourage me and deliver more ideas. After slicing for over five years I feel like a child with a growth spurt.
When I read others’ slices I sometimes wish I could write as well as they do. I read the slices again and follow their blog, hoping that I will be able to produce pieces as brilliant as theirs.
BUT I remind myself of what I say to my students,
“I love your writing voice. “
This is my writing voice, so I will continue to enhance my pieces (from the feedback I receive) and any other ways that strengthen my pieces.
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