I finally read and responded to all of the comments on my blog posts from the last nine days of this challenge.
I loved reading everyone’s words and the care with which everyone commented on my posts.
It reaffirmed the importance of feedback. Of what it feels like to have your words “seen” and “heard” by others.
Without this back and forth we may not know what resonates, what is not clear, what someone else sees and connects with that you didn’t expect.
This is why I share my thinking on my blog even on the days when all I want to do is crawl into bed and binge on Netflix. And, believe me, I binge on Netflix regularly.
I have struggled to create a consistent writing habit for years.
Sometimes I’ve succeeded at doing that for a short time and then I skip a day and then another one and before I know it, a month has gone by.
And I feel like a failure.
So, I start again.
Only to repeat the cycle over and over again.
Not lately, though.
Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for stories.
I’ve been listening.
I’ve been present and observant.
I’ve been making connections, drawing parallels, searching for threads to explore.
And I am so grateful to my teacher-writer community for sustaining me. For encouraging me. For pushing me to show up even when it’s hard, so I can discover myself in the words on the page.
Cross posted to The Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Story Challenge.