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Writing Daily

Ruth and I discussed the fact that we have both been writing daily, even if we haven’t posted it daily on TWT, because it’s what we do. She’s had a lot of “stuff” going on, which she’ll be blogging about as soon as she gets a chance, and she has found writing in her notebook to be a great way to chronicle all of the “things” going on. (I’m purposely being vague.)

I, on the other hand, have been coping with terrible neck and back pain, but I’ve still made a bit of time to write in my writer’s notebook daily. Why? Because, it’s what I do. You see, if I’m going to tell my students that they need to write daily, then I better be writing daily, no matter what. I don’t like it when they make excuses to me for missing a day of writing. Therefore, I sure wasn’t going to miss a day of writing, especially while we’re all in the midst of the Slice of Life Story Challenge, because I’m hurting. Nope. Can’t do it. I’ve gotta practice what I preach.

Besides, we do have a little mantra here at TWT: small-write_good4u_button_blue.jpg

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

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  1. Participating in the slice of life challenge has been a great reminder to me of how important it is to write every day. When I’m working on a story, I write like crazy, but it’s hard to maintain that level of intensity (especially when you’re working two jobs!). The challenge has brought home the obvious, though: I don’t have to write pages and pages a day to keep the pump primed. Thanks for the reminder!

    I hope you’re feeling better soon.

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  2. Stacey and Ruth, you live the artist’s life with your daily writing and inspire others with your work. I second and third the comments above. I have tried to teach kids to explode the moment, write big about something small, but til SOL I didn’t do the work on a daily basis. Doing it has brought a completely different perspective to this part of writing. Big thanks!

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  3. I didn’t join the Slice of Life challenge, but I’ve been reading other people’s “slices” with great interest. I also admire that you practice what you preach when it comes to writing.
    My friend, Bill, and I just recently started our own blog. The attention I pay to writing now amazes me. I don’t go anywhere without my writer’s notebook. I see possibilities for writing pieces and blog posts all around me. I put those snippets in my writer’s notebook where i ‘hold” onto them until I find just the right place for them. Being an actual writer, with a real audience has changed me forever.
    Thanks to you ladies for the inspiration you’ve given me along my journey! Your blog has given me much food for thought and action!!!

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  4. I notice that I am watching the days from a different perspective — the writing eyes. And then, thinking about how I can take that slice and make it something bigger. It has been thoroughly enjoyable.
    Kevin

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  5. Taking the time to do the Slice of Life writing every day has been good for mye in so many ways. I love to write but I put it on the back burner too often. Just stopping to put down a slice of something from the day has given me a new perspective that I hope will continue. Thanks for putting it out here.

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  6. I can’t tell you how much joining this challenge has meant to me as a teacher and now, as a writer. I find it hard to push my students to write everyday (aside from in the classroom) because I don’t. However, I find myself now thinking about writing a lot more and planning for what and when to write. I can’t wait to share this with my kids and start challenges in my classroom!!! Thanks for the push and for helping me rediscover my writing life!!

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  7. Stacey,

    I think it is so great that you are practicing what you teach. I know it can be difficult to write when you don’t feel good or are having too many issues to deal within your life. I love your logo “Write. It’s good for you.” Did you design that logo?

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