Daily Writing

I’ve now written and posted for 7 days in a row.  After all the lack of posts in the past few months (ahem, pregnancy), this is sort of a big thing. I posted on November 1st and then realized that National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) is this month, so I thought, “what the heck? I’ll give it a try.”

I’m not sure what I thought would happen. Would the flood gates open and I would just start writing the best stuff ever? I mean, I had let the words pile up in there, surely words are like wine…getting better with age, right?

Yeah, no. Those words have gotten dusty and fat. They tumbled out all out of shape and clumsy. They are grubby and unpracticed. They are awkward and lame.

But they are coming out.

I was afraid I wouldn’t have something to say every day.

I was wrong.  In fact, I find myself looking at the world as a writer again. Everything is a potential story to tell. My writer lens is sort of scratched from being tossed aside for a few months, but it still fits. In fact, to my surprise, it’s quite comfy.

I find myself composing in my head on my commute to and from school. I’m jotting down ideas again.  And because I have committed to posting something every single day, I don’t even worry that I am not writing the next amazing masterpiece. I feel like there is so much dang pressure out there lately to write only polished, wonderful pieces…and then also submit them elsewhere, that it feels kind of good to know that I can just come here and write some stuff and post it and not feel the pressure on myself to be more amazing than the last link you clicked on.

I’m just being me here in this space.

What I am right now is a writer finding her way back, dusting off the words, and putting them down. One post at a time.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. Go you! I realized on November 1st that it was NaBloPoMo and figured what the hell. It has been a rough year and I NEED to write even if I haven’t been. This is the kick in the pants I need and also less pressure to write something amazing. i just write.

  2. I have been loving it too!

    “I’m just being me here in this space.” Yes!

  3. I feel the same way about daily writing!

  4. Love reading your blog words again! I’m doing NaBloPoMo too and yeah, I’ve been surprised at how the words are flowing too.

  5. That’s why I participate every year: it’s always the jumpstart I need!

  6. I am loving reading your every day posts, Katie (even if I’m binge-reading them right now). It’s why I started blogging – to write. Not to post pictures, or wonderful stories that publications would want to republish, but to write. About life. It’s hard, writing every day. But when we do, it’s usually worth reading. I have to remember that. You are doing a terrific job.