Halfway through, here are 15 lessons I’ve learned so far from this year’s SOL.
1. It’s harder to take on a challenge in some ways, when you already know you’re capable of finishing it.
2. On good days, all is good – the writing, the parenting, the work; on bad days, all are crummy.
3. I’ve been leaning heavily on structure and “gimmicky” ideas, and loving what they allow me to reveal – in short order.
4. Looking into the notebooks of other writers is priceless inspiration.
5. Commenting inspires me to lift the level of my own writing.
6. I write best when I don’t have a lot of time. This long afternoon that I could devote to writing feels too boundless and unstructured.
7. Writing goes better with a cup of tea next to you, whether you drink it or not.
8. It’s really easy to default to humor and frustration when you know you’re going to be read – honesty is much harder.
9. Candy Crush and Buzzfeed are the death of my writing.
10. People think I’m a superhero for writing this much – but this is what we ask our kids to do every day!
11. It’s really hard to write without swearing. And I feel like this is semi-professional, so I’m trying not to swear. It’s really hard.
12. What they say about our having little writing tics is true – I’m discovering certain of you that I can always rely on for a poem, for a story about your family, for a funny memory.
13. Crossing off “blog” on the to-do list is one of the most satisfying “cross-offs” of the day.
14. Writing daily, as hard as it is, is a lot easier than writing occasionally. All that rust begins to wear off.
AND, of course,
15. I am not a robot (sorry, blogspot friends, I tease because I love!)