Here’s to the Late Night Slicers #sol22 9/31

I’m a morning slicer, always have been. Partly for the simple reason that I’m awake very early most mornings. 3:41 a.m. on Tuesday, for example. What else should I do but slice in the hours before I need to leave for work at 7:00? Waking up so early also means I go to bed very early. It’s a rare night when I’m not asleep by 8:45 p.m. I couldn’t late night slice if I wanted to!

It’s more than sleeping schedule that makes me a morning slicer, however. I also know myself. If I saved slicing for later, I’d go through the day feeling dread and panic. Am I going to have time to slice? Have I figured out what to write about? When can I slice? What if I forget to slice? Wait, what’s my idea again? Oh no, I’m running out of time to slice. And the longer the day goes on, the more excuses I will find for not doing the thing I said I was going to do. By the end of the day, I’m ready to give up any extra commitments if that will get me to bed earlier. Slicing in the morning brings the sweet relief of knowing that I have done what I said I was going to do.

And I will confess that morning slicing brings one other bonus: plentiful comments.

Even though I’ve always been a morning slicer, what has changed over the years is my reason for slicing. At first, I sliced for the challenge of it. Then, I sliced to improve my writing. Now, I slice for the company. Slicing isn’t a challenge so much as a reunion. The community is the best part–and the only reason now that I return each year.

And that’s why I sometimes wonder about late-night slicers. Because we build community through comments. And comments can be pretty sparse for the late-night slicers.

It’s easy to say that comments don’t matter, that we can and should commit to writing even if we’re not getting praised for it. But comments are so much more than praise. We know that writers need feedback and encouragement to grow. This challenge has also taught me over the years that we thrive as writers in community with other writers. The comments, for me, are the heart of the Slicing challenge because comments are where this community lives and grows.

This year, my slicing theme is to find inspiration in the words or formats of others, so when I wake up each morning, I go fishing for a slice. Sometimes I check out the late-night slices from the night before, and I often marvel at what I find there. At the end of their long days, late-night slicers are somehow finding the energy and motivation to write and publish. At a time when I’ve been dead to the world for three hours, they’re creating! Under tight time constraints, watching the clock tick closer to that midnight deadline, they’re crafting beautiful writing that I often miss because I’m a morning slicer.

I’m going to make a point for the rest of this month to liberally comment on slices from the night before and try to extend that feeling of morning community to our night owl writers. If you have a few extra minutes today, maybe you’ll join me?


My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today’s slice is in conversation with Late Slicer Land–Cheers to showing up! at Little bits of Writing, the next years. (And be sure to read the comments!)






35 responses to “Here’s to the Late Night Slicers #sol22 9/31”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    Your commitment to community this year is inspiring.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s such a good feeling to be slicing again!

  2. TammyB Avatar

    The comments are a nice piece of posting in the morning. I always write in the morning too unless there is a day I wrestle with myself about what to write.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I do occasionally have those “wrestling with what to write” days too. But I feel better about the challenge when I check off the slicing box early in the day.

  3. aggiekesler Avatar

    As a seasoned slicer, I find I am also fueled by comments. I love the sense of community. I need to check out other slicers who post at different times of the day, too. What’s funny is I’m an evening slicer, but due to living 14 hours in the future, I look like an early morning slicer when I post! 😉

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s so funny! A time zone advantage! This is such a wonderful and welcoming community. I look forward each year to reading posts and catching up.

      1. aggiekesler Avatar

        It’s also great if I’m behind…I can write the next morning and still post on time. 🙂

  4. Teachingnest87 Avatar

    I have been a morning slicer more this year than ever but I’m usually an evening slicer. I can relate to the stress of finding an idea. I often read and comment in the morning and look for ideas and then slice in the evening. I love the idea of looking back at the late night slices.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Slicing later in the day probably lends itself to having more immediate material at hand to write about.One disadvantage to slicing first thing in the morning is that nothing has happened yet–unless I’m going to write about insomnia or drinking my coffee, and you can only write about those so many times!

  5. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    I so admire all of you who take the challenge to slice every day during March. I did not realize that posting late could affect how many comments you get. I’m glad you wrote about this, and I hope it will help pull the late nighters more into the community since people reading your post today can then explore this under-read group.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      And now you know how to find those late-night slicers who could use some comments!

  6. Book Dragon Avatar

    I am a couple of years in me I finally figured out that the community is in the comments. I have made a concerted effort to red and comment on far beyond the minimum of three

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think that makes the biggest difference in how we find, develop, and experience community during this challenge–commenting on far more than three slices a day, at least when we can (not always feasible!).

      1. Book Dragon Avatar
        Book Dragon

        Yes, I finally figured this out.
        The first few years I was just consumed with ensuring I has a Slice to post.
        Now I make a concerted effort to drop in to SOLSC throughout the day to read and comment on more slices.

  7. arjeha Avatar

    I agree that comments are not the reason we slice, but they sure are nice to get and I know that then encourage me to keep on slicing. I am more of a mid-morning slicer, most days. I also like to check out the late slicers in the morning before I log on to the slices for the day. There are many gems to be found at night.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      There are so many gems! I am enjoying this new habit of checking out the late night slices and commenting first.

  8. edifiedlistener Avatar

    Thanks, Elisabeth for these thoughts about the process of slicing. I suppose I’m an afternoon/evening slicer during the week, earlier on the weekends but I’m also 6 hrs ahead of EST. I’ve been trying to get to new slicers as much as possible hoping to spread the comment wealth a little. But maybe checking the previous night’s slices is a good idea to make some new connections.
    You are so often a source of great thinking!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m so glad TWT put together lists of 2nd and 3rd yr slicers, as in previous years, I’ve found they get the fewest comments (not getting the love shown to first year slicers and not yet having developed their community of slicers who will reliably comment).

  9. Suzanne Avatar

    So I wonder what it would be like if everyone just experimented with slicing at a drastically different time of the day one day? Could be interesting! Good post, thanks.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This is a fun idea! I’ve been thinking about it, and I bet I would write about different things. Once the day is over, I’m ready to file it away and move on, so I don’t really write about things that happened yesterday. And since I’m usually slicing at 5 a.m., nothing has happened yet to write about!

  10. Trina Avatar

    It is so true about the community part of slicing. This is something that I didn’t anticipate needing. I first began for the challenge and to improve my writing. Last year and this year, it has been about showing up for me.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think there is real power in showing up for ourselves and making that commitment to a daily practice.

      1. Trina Avatar

        Yes. I am also amazed that just in February, I couldn’t get out a post. Here I am at 10 now.

  11. jarhartz Avatar

    I’m a morning slider as well. For all of the reasons you mentioned. And it is a good idea about finding the community at night…. Those who post at the end of the day must be overlooked!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I will say that my early morning slicing is really interfering with my early morning letter writing!

  12. EugeniaKouts Avatar

    I’m a late night slicer! I rarely post before 8 pm Central. I feel that if I post something in the morning I might be missing an opportunity of something occurring during the day that I miss out on writing about for SOL. I LOVE to read slices after I post. So a typical night for me is like this: write at 7 pm, post by 8 pm, scroll all the way down to the first post and work my way up until I reach my post (stopping and reading any slices that pique my interest), then refresh and read any other slices posted after mine, log off about midnight. I enjoy reading so many different slices and hearing all the voices!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love your process! How interesting that you slice first and then read/comment. I tend to read, then slice, then read/comment. Especially this year since I’m slicing off of another slice each day. I think you’re really onto something about missing good topics to write about when you are a morning slicer. I know many morning slicers simply write about the day before, but my brain just moves on and I forget. I don’t have a ton of fresh material at the ready at 5 a.m.!

  13. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    Yes, the comments build the community, and I feel like I have been slacking in that area. Spring break is next week, so hopefully I can rectify some of that. I have been an evening slicer so far this year, but I know once I get at least one slice written ahead, I will switch to morning. I just haven’t reached that point. Again, I love how you are honoring the coummity!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      YES to getting “one slice ahead.” That’s a great way to switch to being a morning slicer. I need to take some time and catch up on commenting too. There are several favorites I haven’t managed to visit a single time yet this year, but I’m going to make it eventually.

  14. Little Bits of Writing Avatar

    That was awesome!!!! Thanks for the connection! I am going to try and write at night and post in the am- I wrote 2 tonight. Posted 1 today and saving the other, but in deference to my light night family, I too will look for those late nighters. No one cares when they get the comment- they all bring joy! All slicers deserve all the ❤️

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, you are so right–no one cares when the comments come in! I will often visit a blog and read and comment on several days’ worth of slices at once, and that’s ok too. Comments are good whenever they come, even in a flurry. I noticed today that you had a morning slice up–amazing to write 2 in one day!!!

  15. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    It is definitely all about the community of comments, that makes all the difference, a like is okay, but a comment however brief, always helps to cheer you up. Loved your slice and relate to all the points you make except going to bed early..!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You’re right–liking a post is nice but not the same as a comment. Even a really brief comment gives the writer a boost.

  16. Morgan Avatar

    I love how you are stepping out in the spirit of taking inspiration – now not just in content and craft but in process – from other slicers. I am cutting it close tonight and feel your presence even though I know you are probably tucked in where I want to be. Thank you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you for visiting and commenting! Now I’m off to find your late night slice and comment!

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