Slice of Life Story Challenge


slice of life_individualWelcome to the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Whether you write every day or haven’t written in a long time, I am glad you are here!

If you’re participating in the individual Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you share your writing.  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, then head over to the Classroom Challenge, which Beth, Deb, Kathleen, and Lanny are hosting this month.  (Please see Deb’s previous post.)

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year.

Each day you’ll find a section called “BE INSPIRED,” which will follow each day’s essential information. That section will include something like a link to someone’s slice of life story, a quote about writing, etc. Even if you’re back for your tenth challenge, please read through the essential information before checking out today’s writing inspiration.



Please use the SAME email/username information on all of your March comments.


  • Please include the permalink (aka: unique URL) to your post when you leave a comment. Click here and scroll to the “New to Slicing” section of the blog post. Once you arrive, you’ll find two visuals that illustrate an example and a non-example of a permalink.
    • If you link your slice of life story incorrectly today, you’ll receive a reply to your comment from Beth Moore, who is handling tech support this year, or one of the other co-authors.
  • We worked together to create some comment guidelines. We may, at any time, remove a comment from our blog if it is inappropriate. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting this month:
    • Self-Promotion: Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion. The links in the comment section of our Slice of Life Story Challenge are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives–not just whatever was on your blog that day.
    • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life Stories. Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later that day to leave at least three comments.
    • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: Copying and pasting a comment from one post to another, or leaving a message such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at…” This kind of comment is a form of spam.  We reserve the right to delete comments that fall into this category.

Thank you for appreciating and standing by our guidelines.

  • If you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation. The co-author team and I will monitor blog comments a few times today so we can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to submit your comment multiple times if it doesn’t appear after you click “post comment.”
    • If you use the same username/email to log in when you leave your comment, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions? Contact Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore[dot]work.
  • If this is the first time you’re participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, please let us know that when you share your link as a comment.
  • If you have a Blogger blog, please make sure you’re using the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” option or removing the security layers to make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog posts.  Click here for more information about “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.”


Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You’ll be eligible for a prize if:

1.     You fill out the participant data form, which went live on February 19th.

2.     You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (3/1 – 3/31/17).

3.     You sign a Slice of Life Story Challenge Participation Pledge on April 1st.  (We’ll post the pledge and will ask you to “sign.” You’ll sign by leaving a comment certifying you wrote and linked daily, as well as commented on at least three other Slicers’ writing daily.)

  • In order to be in the running for a prize at the end of the month, you must leave the link to your slice of life story by 11:59 p.m. EST to be eligible for prizes.
    • Only links left before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will count when you’re signing-off on the participation pledge on April 1st.
  • The call for slices goes up at midnight EST. Everyone has the same 24-hour window to post, regardless of the time zone in which they live.
  • Please play fair and leave only one link each day.

Social Media:

  • We are using #sol17 on tweets about Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • NOTE: You must leave a link to your slice of life post on the daily calls for slice of life stories here at Two Writing Teachers to be eligible for a prize.


  • Should you have questions about getting started with this Challenge, please contact:
      • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to Lisa, lkeeler{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters N – S, please email questions to Melanie, meehanmelanie{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Stacey, stacey{at}


  • BE INSPIRED.Shelly Keller has been part of this community of writers for a few years. Last year she crafted a piece called “The Good and Bad of Buying a New House.” I thought the good/bad structure was a neat one that people might want to play with. Check out the post on her blog, Writing 328, and then try out her format today or any day of the challenge.
  • I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to images from the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board so you can peruse it. Click on images that entice you. Perhaps something will help you find what it is you are to write about today.

SOLSC Images





366 thoughts on “DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL17

    1. Or how can we show kids that writing styles are variable to the writer? How can we show kids that just because they have to follow structured writing in school, doesn’t mean that is the only way!


    1. Hello and welcome to the challenge athorns! This does not appear to be the permalink to your post today. Be sure to click on the published post and copy the url from the navigation bar at the top of the screen – not the draft or wordpress admin page.


    1. It’s clear how important your group’s friendship is to Caroline that she would come – with soup – in spite of every crazy thing going on in her life. The power of friendship and soup can’t be underestimated!


    1. Hello and welcome to the challenge, lfitgerald2015! It appears that the link here is not the permalink to your post. Be sure to click on the published post and copy the url from your navigation bar (not the draft or wordpress admin page).


    1. Krystin, I’m not sure you have the comments set correctly. I didn’t see where to leave a comment … But we are so happy to have you saying “yes” to writing this March! We all live those same struggles, but the benefits and this community outweigh the challenges! Happy writing! ~Michelle


    1. I too wrote about the weather and how the patterns I’m used to – in nature and in my life – are being disrupted. This is the first year in a long, long time the we had no snow days, or even 2-hour delayed days in DC. I wonder how your students are responding to this not so normal world.


    1. I am picturing this interaction as an imaginary paper airplane game. They send a paper airplane with an idea to another person, who then builds upon the idea and the plane and sends it soaring to another thought-contributor. Imagine if the whole world shared ideas this way? Paper airplanes world-wide would be a beautiful and inspiring thing. Giving thoughts and ideas more life than ever.

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