Slice of Life 31: Possible Side Effects
By Janice Ewing
During the month of March, along with many others, I participated in the Slice of Life daily writing challenge (details at twowritingteachers.wordpress.com). The facilitators did an amazing job, but, along with information they provided for first-timers, I would add the following –
Warning: May be habit forming
Possible side effects* of daily participation may include:
- feeling a need to write each day
- a specific type of ‘double-vision,’ in which you experience something directly and, at the same time, see it as a possible writing topic
- an inclination to peer into and comment on the lives of strangers
- a sense of connection with above strangers that gradually increases
*These side effects will be most extreme during the month of March. If they persist, you may require membership in an ongoing community of writers!
* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.
Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.
Your structure of listing the side effects made me smile. What a creative way to reflect on the process. It’s been a great month, hasn’t it? I’ve enjoyed reading your writing this month and look forward to reading more.
Perfect! SO true too. I especially experienced the living the dual experience – everything becomes writing fodder. What a wonderful way to view life for 31 days. Somehow I think the habit forming nature of it may have changed my life and the way I navigate the world forever. Best!
🙂 You are very right! I especially like how you explained the second one. Nothing will ever be the same again…
Janice, I was laughing the entire time I was reading/posting this. 🙂 Thank you for capturing exactly what this process has been like. It’s been wonderful to do this with you.
Definitely been feeling these side effects! I love how you put them together. I’m sad that the March challenge is ending, but excited to participate on Tuesdays.
Yes, so many side effects. It is truly addictive! Thanks for sharing your slices during March. Hope you’ll continue each Tuesday!
Janice, I enjoyed your daily slices. Perhaps some side effects of those reading and commenting:
Falling into the thoughts and feelings of a reflective educator
Needing new glasses for seeing things through a wider lens
Being prepared to stumble over topics everywhere.
Thanks for sharing. Job well done.
I loved this post! This is a perfect description of the side-effects that I’ve experienced this month!
Very Funny and so correct! Yes, I noticed those side effects as well – they to persist since this is year three for me. I don’t know I guess I have become addicted to writing.
Like the way you summed it all up! I agree whole-heartedly. Thanks for all your sharing.
I have noticed these side effects, too. I delight in each one! 🙂