Slice of Life 2021 Day 16: Harvesting Ideas

Today marks Day 16 of the Slice of Life challenge. Join me as I work to write every day in March – and beyond!

You know, we always tell our young writers to keep track of all the great ideas they have for writing “seeds.” I’ve realized that I’ve seen some amazing ideas for cool Slice structures lately, including:

Fran Haley’s etherees
Ms. Chen’s “My Ten” post (along with her time-bending post, borrowed from Fran McVeigh)
Britt’s and onathough’s “6 words” slices
Vickie and Ravienne’s “Flashback Fridays”

Of course, I’m not going to be able to use ALL of these ideas in March, which is just fine! I just want to give these writing forms a spin whenever I can, and I’m even more excited to see how my kids respond to them.

How about you? What cool writing forms or structures have YOU seen? What are the tricks that you like so much that you’re squirreling away for another post?

Link to a cool blog format in the comments.* I’d love to develop a whole collection of new ideas I can use for future posts.

*(of course, the hipsterish buzzword I’m actually looking for is crowdsourcing, but you didn’t hear that from me)

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22 Responses to “Slice of Life 2021 Day 16: Harvesting Ideas”

  1. ms. chen Says:

    I realized the same thing. I need to remember all these cool structures. I started creating drafts with the link to the structure inspiration. My drafts folder is getting large!

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      That’s a good way of keeping track AND keeping some accountability. I wish I had thought of that!

  2. theapplesinmyorchard Says:

    I have to go back and make my list…especially in the last week, I’ve found many posts that have unique structures that I’d like to try. Great observation put into words, Lainie!

  3. arjeha Says:

    There are always so many good ideas we get from other slicers. I am always inspired to try some. One of my favorite forms, which I haven’t written in a while, is a SIJO poem. I need to write some before the month is out.

  4. Denise Krebs Says:

    Great ideas, Lainie. I love getting inspired by other writers in this space. Here’s an idea…

    Kim Johnson has a very cool prompt today on her blog here: Writing a Life Table of Contents. Her example is beautiful! I hope you will share again all the ideas you are accumulating.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      WOW. I just checked out the post. What a cool format! I’m already thinking through how I might challenge my writers to do the same!

  5. TammyB Says:

    Thank you for sharing these ideas! I wrote them all down!!!

  6. Tim Gels Says:

    There are so many great ideas out there, and I’m absolutely terrible at keeping track of them. When you finish your annotated index, I hope you’re willing to share! 😃

    In all seriousness, I’m amazed at all of the cool stuff I see, and I really do need to figure out a way to keep track of it. Thanks for this start!

  7. Fran Haley Says:

    A lovely & fun tribute to the craft, to ideas, and to community, Lainie – I’m honored to be mentioned along with these fellow Slicers who inspire so much. Along that line… you yourself are so inventive and creative (um, Story, anyone?) and a model for the joy of writing, as well as the importance, the personal meaning behind it. Thanks for the shout out for different structures – so much of it is a matter of encountering a thing and saying, Huh – I want to try that.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thanks for the kind words. You know I feel the same way about you, and I plan on telling you often. You’re right. There’s a lot to be said about going “idea shopping” often. (Ah, back to my OLW: “gather….”

  8. Anna Maria Says:

    This Slice gives me ideas too. I tend to eventually write a “Currently” Slice. On the rare occasion I’ll write a Slam piece.

  9. Juliette Awua-Kyerematen Says:

    This is such a useful slice. I am lucky I came here. there is so much to select from for future writing. Thanks for the thought.
    I have read a few slices from this blog: the topics starts with a letter of the alphabet. The topic is elaborated or linked to the writer’s life. Very Interesting.

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      Thank you! I’ve been following “A Time To Write’s” blog as well. And you’re right — good stuff there!

  10. Lainie Levin Says:

    Hey all! Just got another one – “Depending on When You Met Me” – come join this party!

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  12. Elisabeth Ellington Says:

    I start a Google or Word Doc on March 1 for “Slicing Ideas” and copy and paste URLs of posts I might emulate. I never get around to everything I save, but it’s a comfort to have some ideas to guide me on days when I’ve got nothing! Here’s one I haven’t tried yet: Word Ladder from

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