SOL16, Day 31: Self Assessment

I ask my students to self-evaluate. To reflect. To celebrate their growth. Time for me to do the same on the last day of the March Slice of Life Challenge.

For the record, at this moment, this is how I see writing.
I call myself a writer. Sometimes.

I am a better writer today than I was yesterday.
Everything I write isn’t better than the last thing I wrote.

My sentences are less complicated.
I used to love semicolons. Now I’m crazy about periods. Maybe it’s a phase.

Structure fascinate me.
Sentences move in ways that surprise me.

How writing ends is usually not how it begins.
The shortest pieces often take the most time.

I worry that I keep saying the same thing.
I worry that I have nothing to say.

I’m more comfortable with dialogue.
I’m less fearful of poetry.

I hear my mom in my writing.
I found dear friends by writing.

Crying when I write happens. Out of nowhere.
Being bold and honest in writing is a worthy challenge.

Feedback and audience matters.

Writing changes everything.



Thank you to Two Writing Teachers Blog. To Anna, Betsy, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. You have made my writing life a possibility. Read more slices here.


13 thoughts on “SOL16, Day 31: Self Assessment

  1. This is beautiful and honest. I find myself in the lines of your writing. That is what this whole community of writers is about. I am also grateful that slicing led to our friendship, which is golden.

  2. Writing changes everything . . . oh how this resonates with me. What a treat to visit this space every day this month! I had to laugh that you used to love semicolons, now it’s periods. We all worry about putting our words out there, but there are such kind readers who make it easier with their comments. Hope we can meet up again when I get out your way, but until then, see you on the internet! 🙂

  3. Changes, always good, and that writing changes our words as we write, and as we reflect, looking more at the meaning than just the wording. You have shown such power in your words this month, Julieanne. It’s a delight to read what you share, and what you teach us along with your students. So glad to be your blogger friend!

  4. What a lovely reflection! I love this part: “I am a better writer today than I was yesterday. Everything I write isn’t better than the last thing I wrote.” I definitely identify with much of this reflection! It has been amazing getting to know you a bit through your writing this month. Than you so much for sharing.

  5. What a beautiful reflection of this month. “Writing changes everything!” YES! I can relate to so much of what you wrote. Thanks for sharing. (Shhhh….don’t tell but I think I missed the day of semi-colon instruction at school. Glad someone’s been putting them to good use!)

  6. Julieanne, I LOVE this post. You are so reflective and brave and honest and insightful. Nope, not everything we write is good or better than the last thing–such truth in those words. And semi-colons are sort of overrated; they’re not that great–haha! I’ll see you on Tuesdays! Sending a hug, friend.

  7. So much honesty in this post – and I identify with so much of it. My sentences are shorter now too. Agree the next thing I write is not always better than the last. Things change in my writing choices and style, but more importantly, I am changed because I write. Thank you for pulling me into the TWT community!

  8. What a great way to end this challenge. I enjoyed your posts so much. Writing is such a source of discovery and freedom and voice…and choice. Your writing is so calming Julieanne. Thank you!

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