This past fall, after completing the first narrative writing prompt of the year, A. turned in his story.
“It’s not very good,” he confided. “I didn’t want to use up my best idea at the very beginning of the year!”
I took the paper and smiled inwardly, and groaned a little. Clearly we had a lot to talk about. 🙂 But yesterday, I found myself remembering this moment and reacting somewhat differently.
I’ve been uneasy about signing up for the SOL Challenge this year. Earlier this month, after some internal debate, I signed up for the Welcome Wagon. But now that it was time to actually sign myself up to participate, I balked. I looked at the form and couldn’t quite bring myself to fill it out. It would be my fifth year participating, but I found myself hesitating.
March is a very challenging month at school (report cards, conferences, crummy weather…), and I’ve been working on my writing in other areas, and also on my photography. There’s only so much energy to go around, right? I was uncertain if I wanted to commit to blogging every day. Just thinking about that felt more than a bit overwhelming. I was developing a major case of cold feet. I could always back out of Welcome Wagon, right? Or maybe I could still do that, but not write myself?
Then I remembered that every year I get so much out of participating in this challenge. My writing gets a work out and I live life with a more writerly eye. The more I write, the more I find to write about. There’s also the wonderful sense of writing with a community, taking on that challenge together and supporting each other through it. Finally, I took a deep breath and signed up.
Then, last night I debated. Should I slice today? I had a potential idea, but maybe I should save it for Friday when the challenge starts….
That brought me full circle, back to the memory of A. and his one good idea. I had smiled and groaned then, but right now I could really relate to what he had said and fully empathize. If looking at 31 days in a row is intimidating, just think about looking at an entire academic year!
In the end, I obviously did slice today, but happily, I still have that potential idea on hold. Maybe Friday…