A Promise to Myself

I am participating in #SOL21. Thanks to twowritingteachers for creating a space to write, read, and grow.

I am not very good with New Year resolutions. I always have good intentions. But regardless, starting Monday, March 1st, I made a promise to myself.  I am going to post on my blog site at least three times each week and twowritingteachers Slice of Life Tuesdays each week, even after Slice of Life is over. The word that comes to mind is consistency. If I am not posting regularly – that means every week – people are not going to follow me. Although I post on the PAWLP write.share.connect blog and MiddleWeb ( a blog I love!), I look forward to getting into the habit of sharing small moments, poems, and classroom snapshots on my own blog.

Here is a calendar consisting of words about writing and my blog – a word to represent each month – followed by some quotes to ponder to spur me on as a writer. My calendar begins with March.

March: Consistency (Daily writing on #SOL21)

April: Positivity (Nature and a rebirth of wonder)

May: Challenging (new horizons)

June: Balance (reading, writing, and personal)

July: Risk-taking (Try something new)

August: Discoveries and explorations

September: Reflections (Look back on first half of year)

October: Planning (Revitalizing and recharging)

November: Conversations & Celebrations

December: Memories (Relived)

January: Goal-Setting

February: Self-Love/Self-Worth

March: Consistency (Blogging daily on #SOL22)

Quotes on Writing

If you’re a writer, the answer to everything is yes. ~Nikki Giovanni

If today was not a productive day don’t beat yourself to death over it.  Wake up tomorrow and start from there. ~Terry McMillan

Just as composers go to concerts and artists visit galleries, writers read. ~ Judith Barrington

A writer’s duty is to register what is like for him or her to be in the world. ~Zadie Smith

I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts. ~Aldous Huxley

I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right. ~Cheryl Strayed

You write about the thing that sank its teeth into you and wouldn’t let go! ~Paul West

In the writing process, the more a thing cooks, the better. ~Doris Lessing

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning. ~Anne Tyler

Reading out loud – even if it’s just in a soft voice so no one else can hear – forces a writer to hear the words he or she actually wrote instead of thinking the words he or she meant to write. ~Kate Messner