How I Write: Slice of Life #sol19 31/31

Slowly . . . long pauses between each word

Curiously . . . I wonder, why, how come, what if

Tentatively . . . not sure if an idea will work out

Badly . . . knowing it can be revised

Eagerly . . . words spill faster than I can capture them

Determinedly . . . one word after another

Continually . . . description and narration unfold in my head

Companionably . . . lap full of purring cat

Crankily . . . why can’t this piece work already

Mindfully . . . trying to be present to this moment

Gratefully . . . still amazed to have readers

Urgently . . . up against a deadline

Emptily . . . by the third week of a daily challenge, at least for a day or two

Impulsively . . . click Reply, then Send, then regret

Joyfully . . . when a piece surprises me

Sadly . . . reaching the end of March

15 responses to “How I Write: Slice of Life #sol19 31/31”

  1. Such a great list of adverbs …all answering the question How? …all ending with -ly …all made from adjectives. Wondering if I could connect this as a mentor text for a grammar lesson… (Sorry, some say I’m a grammar nerd.) I wrote about my March slices, also, but I’m not sure it can be called reflective or edifying. Thank you for your slices and your comments throughout March.

  2. I’m reminded of writing advice I’ve heard from a variety of sources to prune adverbs as part of revision. That advice has no place in your poem, with its clever, punchy structure.

  3. Another post that inspires me! Thank you for sharing. I find myself agreeing with so many of these thoughts. Especially “gratefully”. So grateful for readers and the Slice of Life community!

  4. Happily I looked forward to you daily posts learning so much and seeing many heart warming cat pictures. Thank you for all of your comments on my posts. I appreciate your encouragement.

  5. This is awesome! Such a rich variety of ways to write. I imagine the background purr that accompanies all your writing

  6. Yes to all of it! (“Crankily” might be my favorite, though!) I always enjoy your posts, Elisabeth. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspiration, and thank you for the kind comments throughout the month. 🙂

  7. Ditto on Inspiringly… I always love how you play with structure and form. This slice is perfection, down to the “long pauses between each word” and the “lap full of purring cat.”

  8. I have to disagree with the last one, I’m always happily writing the day 31 slice, relieved that March is done. Every year I think I won’t do it again, and then I jump in. Also envious of that lap full of cat, but grateful for the cat slices and pics during the month. It’s a joy to slice along with so many friends and discover new slicers each year.

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