Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Important Slice

Slice 29 of 31 (almost done)

The Important Slice about the Slice of Life Challenge

(copy change based on the book, The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown)

The important thing about slicing is
That you are inspired to write! It’s good for you!
Slices make you think, feel and reflect on different things.
They can affect you personally.
But the important thing is that you write inspirationally every day.

The important thing about a slice is
That they can have deeply-rooted personal connections.
They are from the heart, genuine-not contrived.
The audience of readers appreciate how you set the scene of your slice
But the important thing about the slice is that it is personal.

The important thing about slicing is the community coming together.
You slice with a community of writers, thinkers and learners.
You offer supportive comments whenever possible, push for clarity if needed,
you ask more questions, you wonder!
You take a genuine interest in the stories of your fellow writers.
But the important thing is you’re with the writing community.

The important thing about slices is that they come from all sorts of places.
Whether you’re writing about the weather, soup, book spines, fears, phoetree, library trips,
Buddy Love, worms, books with personality, flowers
sand days, cleaning ladies, cigar box treasures or cars,
you’re writing from what you know.
But the important thing is that these stories
come from many different places.

The important thing about slicing is that you are inspired to write everyday
Some notes, a list, a story and even a word or two,
can be what you write because
The important thing is,
it’s good for you!!

This is dedicated to all of slicers who’ve participated in the SOLC this year. Congratulations on your accomplishments as you’ve written everyday…I have learned so much and am so grateful for this opportunity!


  1. Amy, your happy slice reminds me of a place I will be after I finish this week of stress. I like the place from which your write. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. "Buddy Love" ;) Ah...that made me smile.
    I enjoyed reading your reflection/poem. This has been a great experience. Thank you for all of your encouragement!

  3. The important thing about your slice is... It made me smile as I recognized some of the slices we each had read. It reminded me that this exercise has impact for many reasons. And...I heard Margaret Wise Brown loud and clear:)

  4. I love it!

    Yes, this is so true about the slices I've read and written. Thanks!

  5. You have inspired us all to reflect on this pretty amazing experience.

  6. Lovely poem, and what a nice way to shift into gears as the month comes to a close.

  7. So true! You have taken the words from my mind and put them into a delightful format. Thank you!

  8. I really enjoyed this slice. I do not remember reading the book that inspired your format, but it seemed familiar. I know that I have at least heard excerpts before. As a result, I not only loved your slice for the message you were sending and the way you captured, SOLSC, but it also made me want to go read the original.

  9. Well said! Thanks for reminding me of this classic work "The Important Book" :)

  10. Ooooh, I love that! I'm thinking that a lot of us might have some kind of "Farewell/Reflective" type of slice on the last day. I'm actually feeling pretty sad about it, like I'll be losing daily slicing friends. :(

  11. I love Margaret Wise Brown - but I am not familiar with this book... Thank you for this uplifting slice.

  12. I am familiar with this book and loved that you used it here. I too will miss the everdayness of this writing. I plan on doing the Tuesday from now on. I have my 3//4 grade class ready to start April Fools Day for one month.

  13. I am glad that you chose The Important Book as an inspiration and wrote such a wonderful slice.

  14. Amy, we have become a community, and I love it. We have shared personally and we have laughed and cried together. There are some exceptional writers among us. It has been a multi-colored blessing! Thanks for your important poem!

  15. Right with you Amy and thanks for this heart-felt poem that we can all feel. Tuesday Slices start up again next Tuesday. I'll be there, you?

  16. Amy, I love the way you used a text structure and innovated to create your own special piece. Your words provide much affirmation as to why we all participate.

  17. You are so right. Taking the time to write daily and write about your inspirations is so powerful. I've learned so much from this community of amazing writers.

  18. Ooooh, love this poem! Would you mind if I shared this on our blog on Tues., 4/3 when the weekly SOLSC begins (again)? Please shoot me an email and lmk if that'd be okay.

  19. Ooh love this. I think it's great...I have loved taking the time to write each day.


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