Writing as a Meditation ~ Day 26 & 27

Sunday, October 26th and Monday, October 27th:

For whatever reason Sunday’s meditation did not get recorded on the call it was completely erased when I went back to replay it.

So I have decided to re-record Sunday’s message as Monday’s meditation…

Sunday, October 26th

As I wake up this morning I feel rested. I slept like ten hours. My body also needed it. Today is my last day with my family. My sister’s baby shower was beautiful. She announced that she is having a son. Yes I wanted a girl… but I am happy that he is coming.

Raising boys…
What kind of a boy will he be?
What kind of man?

I am meditating on the fact that I know I will be a good tia. He will need to learn some things early. We have some deep conversations about roles… gender roles… who does what… who is capable of what… its never to early to start teaching our babies.

Today I will be spending some time writing about gender roles and expectations…

I am meditating on all I have been taught about what girls can and can’t do… and I am thinking about ALL that girls are expected to do and be.

There is a conditioning that has happened where even some girls believe they are the weaker… or that boys are smarter… this absolutely applies to some of the conflicts between the characters in my novel. There are men who believe that they can outwit the women. Or that the women aren’t capable of… whatever the task is they intend on achieving. There is this dialogue in my story around women… the voices saying:

They couldn’t possibly…

They aren’t capable of…

They aren’t smart enough to…

They can’t pull it off…

They would never…

Today I am thinking about the roles of my characters!

As I think about the direction of my story I am questioning so much…

Is it moving forward?
What do I still need to explore?
Have I answered all the questions?
Have I resolved all of it?

I dreamt of my characters last night. I dreamt of our writers workshop. This morning I am thinking about their journey… their trials… the things they will face… what is resolved? What happens in the end? What is the point of all of this? What awaits them in the end?

My intention for today is type what I have… I don’t have my journals in Florida… so I will have to type them in New York. I am also thinking about my students and tomorrow’s lesson. Now that we have been together for one month I want to challenge them more. We have spent some time getting to know each other and now I want to move in another direction with them. And so it is.

Today’s prompts:

As I wake up this morning… (set timer for 5 minutes)
Today I will be spending some time writing about… (set timer for 5 minutes)
As I think about the direction of my story… (set timer for 5 minutes)
My intention for today… (set timer for 5 minutes)


10 minute brainstorm: Today we are looking at climax and falling action. The rising action is that thing… the climax… the moment… Let’s make a list of everything that has happened in the story… what has risen… how does it come crashing down? BEGIN!


30 minute writing: your climax is a turning point… these falling actions are the decisions and choices the main character faces and must make. This is directly related to tying up loose ends. We are tying up everything… all that we have introduced in the first section of our story… pick one thing and BEGIN!

And so it is. Namaste. Aché

With all my love,

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