31 Reasons Why I Slice #sol22 31/31

To practice living as a writer
To remember I’m happiest when I’m living as a writer
To try new things
To be part of this generous community
To help the month of March go by more quickly
To surprise myself
To celebrate
To practice gratitude
To seek joy
To center my writing practice 
To observe a little more carefully
To commiserate with everyone else who is slicing for 31 days
To find more time in the day 
To look, really look
To become a more careful reader
To learn
To get to know new writers
To check in with friends
To improve my feedback skills
To find writing mentors
To be a writing mentor
To have a reason to write
To experience enough and plenty
To practice pushing through
To meet a goal I set for myself
To support others in meeting their goals
To become a better teacher of writing
To rediscover the importance of my notebook to my writing practice
To interact with other writers
To center curiosity
To be delighted

Thank you to Julieanne and Shari for the nudge to sign up for the challenge again this year. I am grateful for your friendship and your beautiful writing.

All 31 of my posts were inspired by or borrowed from a mentor text written by another slicer. Thank you to all of the writers whose words supported mine this month. Today’s post was inspired by Julieanne’s 31 Things I’ve Learned and svalter’s Why I Slice.

Thank you to all who read and commented. I learn so much about giving feedback that helps writers from the wisdom, insight, and generosity of the comments I receive and the comments I read on other blogs.

Thanks to the teacher-writers at Two Writing Teachers for creating and continuing this special community.

And once again, thank you to my mom, who read every word, cheered me on, and texted when she spotted typos. I know she likes the cat posts best, so I’ll include a photo of wonky-eyed Chipotle just for her.






52 responses to “31 Reasons Why I Slice #sol22 31/31”

  1. Ramona Avatar

    I nodded along in appreciation to so many of your reasons, especially the last one – To be delighted! And you capped off your words with a pic of Chipotle. I’m beyond delighted!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So many ways to be delighted in March! I always think of you when I post a cat picture!

  2. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    This is a wonderful closing post–pulling everything together for you and probably for most other slicers. I have appreciated reading your writing (and that of others) and getting to know you even more, both as a writer and as a favorite person. Love the cat photo lol.

    1. Juliana Ellington Avatar
      Juliana Ellington

      That should say MY favorite person!

    2. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think his eyes are especially wonky in this photo, and do notice how he has crammed his large self onto a much-too-small cat tree.

  3. TammyB Avatar

    What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing all your reasons.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So glad to be on this journey again with you this year! Thank you for all the inspiration.

  4. Tracy Brosch Avatar

    love the list… congrats!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I could write all 31 slices as lists–love that format so much.

  5. Trish Avatar

    I featured my black-and-white, too—it’s a day for cats! I have loved reading your posts, and thinking about them. Thank you for this eloquent finale, saying what needs to be said, and for honoring fellow-writers throughout.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for this lovely comment! Chipotle would say that every day is a day for cats–and I’m guessing yours would agree!

  6. Trina Avatar

    Again, a lovely post! I, too, nodded as I read your list! Yay for your mom and Chipotle for being your support.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think he’s been with me for every post I’ve written this month!

  7. margaretsmn Avatar

    IF I wrote 31 reasons, they would be all the same. Thanks for sharing this month with me. It’s been fun!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It has been fun! I’m so glad we did it.

  8. Jill O'Dekirk Avatar

    great idea for your last post, really ties it all together

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks! Since I like list slices so much, it seemed very fitting for the last one this year.

  9. aggiekesler Avatar

    So many wonderful reasons to write! I love that you wrote from inspiration you found in other slices this month. It made for some really great slices of life. Happy to be writing alongside you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So glad to be part of this wonderful community! I liked writing from mentor slices so much this year–I might have to do it again next year!

  10. arjeha Avatar

    A wonderful list of why we commit to 31 days of writing. It all leads to growth in us as a writer. We learn new formats and then try them, We are encouraged by a group of writers cheering us on. We are better writers and persons at the end of the month. Thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement on my posts.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So many good reasons to write for 31 days. I do appreciate the growth and challenge for myself as a writer, but of course the only real reason I slice is the community. Now, if I can just find a way to keep it up throughout the year!

  11. sallydonnelly11 Avatar

    You captured all my reasons for being here in March so well. Thanks for creating this list!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love that we all have such similar reasons to keep showing up!

  12. Book Dragon Avatar

    Wow! 31 reasons. I am impressed with the list. Initially I thought I wouldn’t be able to create 31 but then I kept finding myself agreeing with your points.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I thought the same–no way could I get 31 reasons. But this post was so fast to write, one of the quickest I wrote this month actually.

  13. Terje Avatar

    Great list. I have enjoyed your company during this writing journey. You have been generous and kind.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! Your blog is one of my very favorites, and I’m honored to be on this journey with you each year.

  14. franmccrackin Avatar

    So intriguing that you created each piece this month, inspired by another’s post. Not a bad idea! I share much of your list, and celebrate #31 to be delighted. That might be enough all by itself.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes! There is so much delight in this challenge. I can’t believe I get to spend the month reading and commenting on so many creative, smart, thought-provoking slices.

  15. Susan Kennedy Avatar

    I agree with so many but especially the noticing. Thanks for bringing so many other blogs to the light and teaching us so many ways of slicing. Looking forward to doing it together again.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I always feel happier in March, and I really think it’s because I’m so much more present and noticing so much more! Going to try to take that into April with a daily poetry challenge.

  16. Teachingnest87 Avatar

    I write to be a better teacher of writing – that’s my biggest motivator. I also find I get better at noticing when I’m slicing. I admire that you looked for mentor slices each day. I am sure that took a lot of time. I also sliced again this year because a friend encouraged me. Thanks for being a part of the challenge.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      There are so many good lessons for our teaching during this month of writing. Do you have your students participate in the Classroom SOLC?

      1. Teachingnest87 Avatar

        I have not done the classroom SOL. Since I teach 2nd grade it’s a little more challenging to write in an online environment.

  17. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    I have so enjoyed stopping by here this month and celebrating not only your slice but our fellow slicers, too! Wonderful list of reasons!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So much to celebrate in March! Even if I’m not thrilled some days with my own writing, I can always find something good to read and comment on. Thanks for inspiring one of my favorite posts to find and read this month–different slicers joining the writer’s retreat.

  18. Amanda Potts Avatar

    CHIPOTLE! Give him an extra pat from me. Thanks for this list & glad you were here. The commiseration reason made me laugh. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      He’s in my lap right now as I respond to comments! I’ll have to show your comment to my son because I sometimes like to tease him that Chipotle is famous on the Internet. See?! I’ll be able to say.

  19. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Your list says it all. I really admired how you approached the challenge this year, so deliberate as a reader and writer. To try out so many different forms and make it your very own. Bravo! Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Finding inspiration in other slices made this such a delightful reading and writing month!

  20. Lainie Levin Avatar
    Lainie Levin

    Thank YOU for this thoughtful post! I found myself smiling as I read it. You really hit the nail on the head. there are so many reasons to participate in this challenge. What a wonderful reminder. =))

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I thought it would be hard to come up with 31 reasons, but it took no time to think of this list! So many wonderful reasons to show up for ourselves and each other this month.

  21. humbleswede Avatar

    To observe, to practice pushing through, to learn from mentors. I liked all of the items on your list, but those three were perhaps the most important for me this month. I resisted a 31 items post this year for fear that I couldn’t muster 31 items. Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments this month. You really spent a lot of time and energy giving people feedback, and it really helped us “push through.”

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I was very worried about a list of 31 as well–but this one came so quickly. I’m sure I’m repeating plenty of the things I’ve said before about slicing! But it bears repeating. I think we are all more exhausted than ever this year and needed plenty of support and encouragement from each other to push through!

  22. jarhartz Avatar

    You have captured it all in this! And to think, what if you didn’t slice this year!! We are so much richer to have your wise and wonderful presence! Love to Chipotle!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you so much for the nudge to slice–and to find a theme for the month, which I’ve never done before. Looking for slices in other people’s words made this a special month of writing for me.

  23. Heidi Atlas Avatar

    What a wonderful post! Bravo! You’ve been such a source of inspiration this month. Thank you, Elisabeth!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Heidi! This community provides so much incredible inspiration.

  24. writingandlaughing Avatar

    What a fabulous format to wrap up this month. Thanks for sharing along the way! ❤️

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks! It’s always fun to write a list slice!

  25. cvarsalona Avatar

    Elisabeth, I am interested in your National Poetry Month project: haikus turned into catkus sound like a fun way to write. Cat lovers may be highly interested in your work. Your 31 reasons to slice gave me time to reflect on which ones link with mine. I will see you at Slice of Life Tuesday each week. Have a wonderful start to spring.

  26. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    I’ve enjoyed your posts inspired by other posts this past month. Not to mention all the cat photos, I love the name Chipotle. I told my daughter you had eight(?) cats and she was truly amazed. I am more amazed by your posts. They’ve been fun to read… Hopefully see you next year…

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