SLICE Acrostic 2/31 #sol20


the development of events by chance in a happy way

I slice like I do most things—intense reading, then flying by the seat of my pants. I see what comes up, what strikes me, what feels like it might like to be written today. I start a piece that isn’t right for today, shift gears when I get stuck. So much depends upon serendipity—reading just the right words in a mentor text, finding just the right slice to ignite my own, looking in just the right direction to notice the thing that’s searching for to be written today.


a ring or loop in a chain

Together, every March, we write thousands of slices, and they become a web of writing, one piece igniting another, answering another, inspired by another. I couldn’t slice without linking to the writing that makes my writing possible. Each day the list of links at Two Writing Teachers offers the possibility of hundreds of mentor texts, any one of which might be the piece I need in order to write today.


composed or uttered without previous preparation

I know that I will write 31 pieces in March, but from day to day, their topics and forms surprise me. I thought today that I was going to write about Black History Month, but here I am writing an acrostic about slicing. These pieces have to be quick. I don’t have much time to plan. I don’t have time to polish to perfection. Slicing is ultimately a gift for the writer who never feels like a piece is ready to publish.


a feeling of fellowship with others

When I first began slicing, it was to live like a writer for a month, to recommit to the habit of daily writing, to develop my craft and find new writing territories. And I still appreciate all of those byproducts of slicing. There’s no real downside to writing every day. But for me now, the point of slicing isn’t to live like a writer: it’s to live in community with other writers. I am so happy to see all of my writing friends again this month and know that I will make many new friends through this challenge.


absence of difficulty or effort

I remember how effortful and anxious those first two or three years of slicing felt. Last year, I figured out a process that worked for me: reading a few slices each day with an ideas file open on my computer to borrow from mentor texts, playing with form, accepting that most of my slices are going to be about coffee, cats, and writing, waking early to write so that I can be done for the day or, if a slice proves particularly troublesome, have more time to work out the problems. I wouldn’t say that slicing is easy for me now; writing will never be easy. But now I do seek a kind of ease in it.

This acrostic was inspired by Terierrol’s March acrostic.






30 responses to “SLICE Acrostic 2/31 #sol20”

  1. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    I so appreciate how this isn’t the typical acrostic… it is so much more.

    I adore the idea of having hundreds of possible mentor texts every day of this challenge. It’s what makes it hard to limit myself to read just three posts a day. I cannot do it. There’s too much possibility out there!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I find it impossible to read just three too. I wish I could read ALL the slices, but of course that’s not feasible either!

  2. mrsday75 Avatar

    I love reading about your slicing habits. And my favorite line, “it’s to live in community with other writers.” is the exact reason I came back to this challenge after a year off.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Community is definitely my favorite part of the challenge! I love seeing familiar names show up in the comments. It’s wonderful to catch up every March!

  3. Maureen Avatar

    What a clever twist on an acrostic – and five great words about SLICE: serendipity, links, impromptu, community, and ease. Those are, for me, a great summation about the beauty of SOLSC.

    Funny, I usually write my slice and then have fun exploring and reading other blogs…I love reading and commenting…it feels like I’m at a dinner party with interesting folks! Maybe I’ll dare to give your style a try – read others first and then write. What fun!!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s so fun to read about different processes for writing slices. I used to feel like I was getting distracted if I read and commented first and then wrote, but now I realize that reading first almost always helps me write my slice!

  4. arjeha Avatar

    Yes, there is so much inspiration in these posts. Each and everyone one can become an idea that fuels our own writing and we don’t know how many our writing inspires as well.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think we really could find something to spark a new piece of writing in just about every slice we read! Mentor texts are so powerful.

  5. Katy Collins (@MissCollins606) Avatar

    I love this! What a fantastic idea! I really liked this line under “ease”– “accepting that most of my slices are going to be about coffee, cats, and writing”. This was a hard one for me to accept, too, but after so many years themes emerge and mine are my dog, nature, and the changing weather. It’s predictable, but fun every time. Sometimes I wonder…what would SOL be like in another month? I wonder if we’d all find new “themes”. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I was just recently wondering what different subjects we would all find to write about in a different month. Spring break, spring itself, St Patrick’s Day, March Madness–I’m guessing those wouldn’t be popular topics!

  6. Ramona Avatar

    Love your acrostic and the visual. I used to give my students orange slice candy on Fridays during March while they sliced. Always happy to meet fellow pantsers who read and then slice. This year I’ve done the opposite so far, but I do keep my notebook open while I read slices for collecting phrases I love and ideas for slices. I’m looking forward to several cat slices and book slices too from you this month!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I wouldn’t be able to slice without my cat companions! I used to try to plan and arrange all my slices just so and now I open my computer and think hmmmm, what will I find to write about today. I often don’t know what’s going to happen until I start typing! I’m looking forward to plenty of book slices from you too!

  7. Trina Avatar

    I love this life philosophy: intense reading, then flying by the seat of my pants

    I imagine that this has served you well!

    And what a great way to slice today. Bravo!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It could definitely be worse! I don’t know if I’ve ever tried an acrostic before, but it was fun!

  8. terierrol Avatar

    I love your acrostic poem. I wish I could say I had your “e”- ease. I’m still such a worrier, but I get it done. Thank you for the shout out to me. I hope we get some more inspiration for tomorrow! This community is always good at providing inspiration.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Well, ease is a work in progress for me for sure. Let’s call it aspirational! I hope we have more inspiration tomorrow too. I always feel that little moment of worry: will I find something to write about today??

  9. melaniewhite2014 Avatar

    This is my first year with the March challenge and seeing such playful, but meaningful works makes this process less intimidating. Thank you for helping me see this writing challenge in a new way!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m so glad you found some comfort in my words! And welcome to the challenge. I am always so happy to meet new slicers. I hope you’re already finding a community beginning to grow in the comments on your blog.

  10. shellymkeller Avatar

    Love this spin on an acrostic poem! “Flying by the seem of my pants” is what I tend to do for slices. “To notice the thing that’s searching for to be written today.” SOLSC helps me slow down and dig deeper. To notice things around me for slices I may otherwise ignore.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Glad I’m not the only pantser! I’d dearly love to be a plotter, but I think it’s too late to learn new tricks.

  11. cmargocs Avatar

    I didn’t see the acrostic at first…then delighted at the words you chose to fit the “slice”. That’s a feat in itself: choosing the word, then choosing the acrostic words, then writing commentary for each with a flow throughout all of it–and you achieved it!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I thought this was going to be such a quick and easy slice for today, but it took forever to choose words and then figure out what to say about each of them! I probably should have figured out a way to make the acrostic part a little more visible though…..

      1. cmargocs Avatar

        Oh, I think it is lovely as it is! It makes for a happy little discovery for the reader!

  12. Susan Kennedy Avatar

    I love how you teach us so much with your writing. How to be inspired. How to use a mentor. How to make it your own how to spin a technique around. Love it.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m just so grateful to this community for providing so many wonderful pieces to read and learn from! I grow so much as a writer every March.

  13. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Your “c” is one of the reasons that I love slicing. And this acrostic style slice is really interesting. I like how it works as a poem/list and mini slices.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! That wasn’t my intention at all when I started working on it–so it was interesting to see how it morphed beyond my intentions as I wrote.

  14. carwilc Avatar

    OK, here we go again. I remember last year, being fascinated by the way you chose a different and very creative form almost every day. It’s amazing to watch. Serendipity, links, impromptu, community, ease. A perfect anacrostic for SLICE. And then even a matching visual! You are one talented lady! And I definitely count you among the community I look forward to connecting with each March! I love your slices!

  15. karpenglish Avatar

    I like acrostic paragraphs! I’ve never seen it done that way before. Your idea about using other slices as mentor texts really grabbed me. Of course, I get ideas from other slicers all the time, but deliberately thinking of them as mentor texts seemed to move a switch in my brain. I always read the other posts AFTER I write – partly as a reward for finishing my writing, and partly because I am on the U.S. West Coast, and the deadline hits at 9pm. More often than not, I am rushing to submit my slice before 9pm, and am more willing to make comments later. I think I need to rethink my order and timing.

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