About Me

I am a second-career teacher. In my other life, I crunched numbers as an accountant. Probably would have made a great math teacher had the thought occurred to me. No matter, I'm where I'm supposed to be; teaching third grade. Before that, 2nd grade and before that kindergarten. I have 2 grown daughters, 2 poodles, and 1 hubby. I live and work on Long Island.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Voice




I struggle to discover mine.

I have much to say but can’t always
get the words down.

Especially compared to the others.

I keep trying,
shortening my sentences,
replacing words,
reading other slices,

feeling like a failure.

15 comments:

  1. Don't give up Rissa. Look at you, you have done it, you are a writer! When we acknowledge that I think we give ourselves the freedom to find our voice more and more. What do you notice? How will you tell us about it? That is something that is uniquely yours!

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  2. I love this. You are making a writing life--not "just" writing.

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  3. You should not feel like a failure. The poem is awesome and reflects what many of us think as we write. No one is ever satisfied with what they write or how they write. I think its a writer's fact of life. You just keep trying. You just keep writing. You just keep sharing. See you tomorrow!

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  4. Please don't give up. I always stress that good writing comes from the heart. You cannot force it. Just sit down with pen and paper, computer, whatever you write with and let the words flow...

    then go back and edit, if you want to---- don't compare yourself to others. your inner voice will find itself!

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  5. I think you nailed it when you write about comparing yourself to other slicers. Listen, that is exactly how I felt when I first began, too. In those early slicing days, I think I spent too much time worrying about whether what I sliced about would be important or worthwhile or whatever. Then I just gave up and wrote about whatever came to mind first...today's slice about the coffee pot is a great example of this! It wasn't wise, it wasn't meaningful, but it was fun to write, and it gave me the chance to experiment a bit. That's it, really...and I think that's what Billy was getting at, too (bless his heart!). So...hang in there and go for it!

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  6. Rissa,
    Do not give up! Just write! One day at a time! Every single writer has his/her own voice and his/her own style. I have loved Slice of Life because I have met so many writers with so many interesting ways of approaching a topic, and to be honest, some days I copy other people's style or ideas (no one cares, we are all friends. Somedays I wake up with my topic in mind, and write it quickly, and it's perfect. Other days I turn it over and over, and rework and rewrite, and hate it! Hang in there!

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  7. Rissa, thank you for sharing your poetry. I struggle with the same thing, compare myself to everyone else and of course I always measure less worthy. Don't compare yourself, you are unique.

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  8. Comparing ourselves with others can lead us down roads that end in, "I can't." It is daunting to be faced with so many talented writers. We all have to be satisfied with good enough so that we can keep going. You have been sparse and careful with your words. And your spaces speak loudly. Keep going.

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  9. Rissa, thanks for sharing your doubts and feelings. Last year when I joined this group at the encouragement of my daughter, I felt intimidated and "not good enough". I said to my daughter, these are all teachers and I'm not a teacher. What will I write about? Will I write "good enough"? Not to fear, I made it through last March and yes, I did write something every day and then continued writing every Tuesday. Hang in there and keep writing from your heart. As you can see from all of the above comments, encouragement abounds!

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  10. One of the best parts of joining this community has been to see that everyone, I mean Everyone!, goes through this. Just keep on...You will be surprised at how natural it becomes and how your voice will begin to speak to others. I love Billy Collins and his quote.

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  11. There is no failure here, only findings. Finding ideas, finding words, finding our voices as we write our way through. I can't wait to read and share and see what you find along the way this month! Thank you for sharing yourself and Billy Collins too.

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  12. Thank you for your wisdom and experiences. I almost didn't post this but am I glad I did. Although I give encouragement all day long to my students, I wasn't aware of how it goes such a long way....in gratitude...

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  13. Doesn't the name of your blog say something? Learn Something New! You've only just begun this journey. When we learn something new we have to find our own way. Don't stop because you aren't good enough, because you are. Like the other said, we have all been there. Do it for the fun and the experience you get. You will find the voice that is right for you. Each slice is unique. :-)You can do this!

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  14. There is a lot of power and possibility in the few short, simple sentences you wrote here. Too much possibility to give up and too much power to keep it to yourself.
    Keep going. This is good stuff!

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  15. Don't you dare feel like a failure, Rissa. You're taking on a challenge, trying something new and playing with words. Keep going. The world needs to hear your voice. We're here for you.

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