Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Getting Ready for #SOL17

March will be here before we know it, and with the turning of the calendar page also comes the start of the monthlong Slice of Life challenge.

Blogging for 31 days in a row can be a struggle, especially if I can't think of something to write about every day.

To help prepare and prevent that blank stare at the computer screen while I try to think of a topic, I wrote up a list of 31+ prompts to consider when I can't consider anything else. Often times, a prompt will get me thinking in a certain way about my day and lead me to the perfect slice!

My prompts may be helpful to you too, so I thought I'd share:
1.  Currently
2.  Power of no
3.  Before/after
4.  Haiku
5.  Can't live without
6.  Fears
7.  Noticings
8.  Where have you gone?
9.  Write from a picture
10. Dreams
11. Collections
12. Overheard
13. Least favorites
14. Mindset
15. Coming "home"
16. Pick a word
17. Touchstones
18. If I could...
19. Finish
20. It's a small world
21. Old habits
22. Gifts
23. This is not about...
24. Things I know without asking
25. Sometimes I forget
26. Writing dates
27. In the distance
28. My space
29. Handmade
30. Before I wrote today
31. Change of POV
* Before I start
* What makes me happy
* Did you hear that?
* Forward
* At eye level
* Home

There you go!  One prompt for every day of the month plus a few extras because we all like to have options.

Most of these ideas came from my own head, but a few were inspired by some of my favorite writing books:
I hope to see you in March at the #SOL17 challenge!


  1. Love your list of prompts. Brilliant! I must prepare my drafts for March. Can't wait! See you there!!

    1. What is this prepare drafts you speak of? I always think I should do that, but so far have not!

  2. I LOVE your prompts and will definitely refer to them. Ack- I always think I will prepare in advance, but in reality know I will not!

  3. Thanks for so generously sharing your wonderful list of prompts! I will definitely refer to them during March.

  4. Jennifer, your list is letting me think positively about another commitment. I am now writing poetry daily for Laura Shovan's #10FoundWords so I am already getting in the flow but in reality I know that next month may have a few gaps due to family commitments and house construction. I have been playing around with some ideas so it is always exciting to hear what others are thinking.

  5. LOVE THIS!!!! I just added your link to my planning padlet!! If your prompts aren't enough, try one of mine!!
    Happy Writing in March!!

    1. Sally thank you for this link and for sharing your ideas too!

    2. Another great resource... thanks, Sally! I'm a first-timer, so I'll need all the help I can get. :)

  6. Whenever I've done SOL in March I have always blocked it out like this. I find it so helpful. I don't know if I'm going to do it this year because I have too much on my plate. Looking forward to reading yours though!

  7. Bookmarking, Jennifer! Thanks for this, always wonderful to have extra ideas!

  8. You are well prepared. Thank you for being kind and sharing your list.

  9. I too planned out a list of topics but I'm honestly "caught in the margin" right now. I'm finding it difficult to find time to write and am doubting myself. I will keep these in mind too just in case. Thanks for sharing! ~Amy

  10. Thanks for sharing your prompts. I've done the SOLC for five years. I'm not sure about this year because my daughter is getting married in March. I'm going to tuck your prompts away on a Google doc just in case.

  11. I always try to plan ahead but it never works the way I want. I several things on Pinterest, but not quite a plan. Thank you for sharing these - I have copied them down for future reference...just in case!

  12. I loved slicing in March last year -- it was truly transforming for me as a writer. I did not make a list but I did provision and blog about it- http://assessmentinperspective.com/?p=3363 It really helped me! I will not be doing the March challenge this year. We are working on our next book and our deadline is June 1. I can't do both. I look forward to reading and commenting instead. Look forward to reading your posts!

  13. Love the ideas that folks are throwing out there in advance of March SOL. I must admit that I'm just like Ms. Victor. Preparing in advance sounds so organized, but I always fly by the seat of my pants and sometimes I'm sliding in just before deadline (which is 9 pm for those of us on the west coast. Looking forward to another month of writing!

  14. This SOL first timer says THANK YOU! Great ideas to put in my notebook now.

  15. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing! For us First Timers, we need all the help we can get :)

  16. Thanks for the prompts ~ you can never be too thin, too rich or have too many writing prompts. This year I volunteered for the Welcome Wagon so appreciate extra resources even more than usual


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