Five Days

The weather is warming here in Minnesota. The snow is slowly melting and the oak leaves are flying one by one off the branches. It is a sure sign that spring is thinking about kicking up its heals and joining us for good.

In all honesty we are a long ways from spring. I know the warmth of the last few days has pushed the buds on the trees to start growing – it would be why the old dried oak leaves of last fall are flying. However, it is Minnesota and that means we will have at least one more good snow fall and on and off again cold temperatures but we will take what we can get – bit of sun and a few days of temps above 35 degrees. You can’t plan on the weather here.

We can plan on next Sunday March 1st for sure. It will be Day One of writing every day for a month.slice-of-life_individual

The Challenge is here!

As always I have made my list. You can read about it here.

There is also the thinking this through – each day is busy with so much to do I wonder when is the best time to write. Is it first thing in the morning – getting up early before the day really begins? For many that is their best time – the early birds. I am not one of them I am afraid.

I might be able to catch a bit of time during the day. Maybe during the little man’s nap will work, if I am organized. I would need to have a topic on hand and a bit of an outline in my head or it would not get done. We will need to think about that one.

I am thinking the best time for me is evening – as the night settles down my mind turns inwards and I reflect on the day or the world around me. This might work – but wanting to be sure I post in time it might be wise for me to write a day ahead. Maybe the thing to do is start with my first writing on Saturday February 29 so I am ready to post on March 1. This gives me the feeling that I might be able to stay ahead of the game.

As writers we each have our time to write, the way we write (computer, pen and paper, a special notebook) and our own style. This month is about exploring that personality we have that defines who we are as a writer.

  • am I a morning writer
  • do I outline and plan a head
  • do I write from the seat of my pants
  • am I a late night writer with a glass of wine by my side

Who am I as a writer?

March always takes me deep into the role of a writer. It makes we worry but also gives me that joy that helps me say   “yes, I am a writer. I write daily.”

It is never easy but it is also not impossible. The Two Writing Teachers provides this nice little push that takes us out of our comfort zone and into the role of a “real” writer.

I am always hesitant about this month but I am always grateful to have had this month to push me just a little further into my own writing. I am always grateful to have the opportunity to read what others are thinking and how they are also stepping into the role of a writer for a month.

Do you prepare for this month? Do you just step into this writing challenge with no preparation and see what happens? (I did that my first few years.) What brings you to this month of writing?

I would love to hear from you!

See you in five days! Happy Writing!

 

 

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Five Days

  1. Adrienne says:

    As I drove home from work today, I was thinking I should make a list. Of course, I forgot once I was home. Now, you have reminded me. Thanks!

  2. Terje says:

    You seem well prepared mentally and idea wise. i can relate to the questions you ask yourself. This is my tenth year joining and I still haven’t figured out what works best for me. The month is always busy and somehow I get the writing done, whether I have a list prepared or not, whether I write in the morning or in the evening, whether I idenify myself as a writer or doubt in myself. There’s always a low moment when I stare at the blank page and have to seek help form some simple predictable forms of writing. The on eI haven’t tried is the late evening writing with a glass of wine. 🙂

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