Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Slice of Life: Sometimes getting started is enough

    On Tuesdays, I write slices of stories from my week! All are welcome! Join us at Two Writing Teachers!

Over the last few weeks, there have been many conversations I've had about the importance of writing in the lives of teachers. Yep, I need to write in order to understand and empathize with the struggles writers have. Yep, I need to write in order to have authentic models and exemplar pieces to put in front of students. Yep, I need to write so that students understand and appreciate my identity as a writer. 

And yet... 

I know that on Tuesdays my job is to write a slice. I know that there is a community of writers out there who support me and look for my posts. I know that I will appreciate the words they've written and be inspired as a result of reading their pieces. 

And yet...

My last post was in October, and today is November 30 which means that it's been a month of no posting, and I am still struggling with deciding on a topic and a post to write that feels worthy. How is it that I can write a post every single day  in March, but am at a loss for a topic after an entire month. The struggle is real. Writing is hard. I might be writing and writing and writing other types of writing, but a slice of life??? There are times when nothing shows up, and I appreciate the struggles students have when I assure them they have stories to tell. Yes, I have stories, and sometimes it's just really, really hard to get started. 

Maybe next week will feel easier. 

Happy Slicing, 


  1. Hi Melanie, I get it! I asked myself the same question-how did I do this every day in March? I sometimes begin drafts in my Notes app, copy and paste and leave them for later. Too often, I haven't returned to revise them. Writing is hard, but once you get to the other side of it, well, it's worth it.

  2. You showed up and shared your struggle. I share it too. Writing is hard!