I’ve been researching the definition of “ordinary”, mostly because that’s what my slices of life are much of the time, “ordinary.” There seems to be pressure to be “out of the ordinary” or even “extraordinary,” and I feel it. I don’t mean here for SOL, but out in the world, in ads, on commercials, etc. What I found is that the word has its roots from the Latin root for rule. In that same site, here are synonyms given: common, usual, average, fair, mediocre, middling, characterless, nondescript, commonplace, cut and dried, mundane, routine, so-so, run of the mill, and on. So, how does the root word ‘rule’ move into the negative? If one follows an ordinary day, that means to me that the ‘rule’ of the day is that one chooses actions that are done often, perhaps every day, and completed (I’m trying not to use words that evaluate).
Remember: When you’re writing a slice of life, it can be about something ordinary. Please don’t wait until something extraordinary happens to you to share a slice of life story here. That’s not what slicing is about. Sharing the ordinary is more than okay… it’s what slicing is all about!
We’re still looking for a few more people to join the Welcome Wagon to support first-year Slicers this year. The commitment is to comment on 5 – 10 assigned Slicers daily, offering words of encouragement. Please click here if you’d like to help welcome new people to our writing community. THANK YOU!
Speaking of new slicers, the eight of us will hold a Twitter Q&A about the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge next Tuesday, February 16th at 8:30 p.m., EST. We hope you’ll join us!
As those of you who’ve done the March Challenge before already know, we offer writing-related prizes for people who participate in the month-long challenge. We’ve received lots of incredible prize donations from publishers and authors this year. If you’re interested in donating a prize for the Slice of Life Story Challenge, please let Beth, Deb, or Dana know by tomorrow. Thank you!
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.