Slice of Life — Life

I was thinking about what to write today. Nothing good came to mind — it is just one of those routine Mondays. I did not sleep well, the half glass of wine I had last night gave me a headache, and my tummy was upset.
Is this anything to slice about? Not really.
I often feel like this about writing. Is my life interesting enough to write about? Don’t you have to suffer a lot more to be a great writer? Don’t you have to have some horrible childhood that you need to process through your writing? I am not saying that the small slices of life are not worth writing about, but a lot of them for me turn out to be so mundane.
There is pleasure and comfort and peace in routine. But is it interesting writing? Discuss.

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9 thoughts on “Slice of Life — Life

  1. I had to smile as I read your post. Narrative writing is such a struggle for me- one because I’m reluctant to let readers get too close and two because I have such a regular, routine (but happy!) life. No troubled childhood, no suicidal tendencies- so I, too, wonder if I have anything interesting to say. I don’t know the answer to this question either, but it’s worth thinking about!

  2. Isn’t it the writer’s job to make the mundane interesting? How many of us live exciting, exotic lives? I think part of what we train our kids to do as writers is to see the value in the lives they live. I heard Lucy Calkins speak some years ago and she said something that has stuck with me. She said that as teachers, we don’t have the power to give our kids the lives they deserve, or even the lives they need, but we DO have the ability to give them a lens of vision to see the worthy and the beautiful of what is there. Writing these little slices has led me to a much deeper appreciation for the routines of my life.
    Diane

  3. From general observations, I suppose suffering does get the creative juices flowing. One example would be Adele, the singer. Her success in musiic industry is actually rooted in a failed relationship. A bad breakup led the amazing songs on her most recent album. I suppose suffering might do the same for a writer. Not sure, but definitely something to mull over…

  4. Hmmm…great stories come out of some type of crises. But does the author have to experience it first to write about it? Obviously you’re not a static person, you’ve had character transformation in your life so… Gee, I hope someone can answer your question because I have to keep thinking about that one.

  5. Our experiences may be everyday but they are, also, unique. Everyone has a story, like a fingerprint, that bears our own individual stamp. Your pleasurable, comfortable and peaceful routine might vary from mine. The similarities and differences are interesting. I think so anyway.

  6. I absolutely adore Brene Brown and her Ted talks about shame and vulnerability. Thinking that we are the only ones who experience something and respond in a certain way can be isolating. I think reading about others’ lives is critical because no matter how ordinary or mundane those lives may seem to the writer, being able to read about them connects us together and helps remove the aloneness. These relationships are what allow us to reach out for help when we need it and not feel shame. They also invite us to empathize and support.
    Bridging gaps may not be why you write, but when you share with a reader, you allow them that space to be vulnerable, open up and connect.

    • I think this is true, but it also requires me, the writer, to be open and vulnerable and to speak the truth in my writing. That is very hard to do — both to be strong enough to write down the truth and to be willing to share it with everyone. But I do agree that writing connects all of us and makes us feel less lonely. Very true.

  7. The mundane can be interesting. Your normal is interesting. What you think, what you like to do.
    “That is very hard to do — both to be strong enough to write down the truth and to be willing to share it with everyone.”

    I think you did both on the post you wrote the next day. Your slice about your favorite band.

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