Day 24: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

“I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it. It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.” Excerpt from “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

STAND IN THE CENTER OF THE FIRE WITH ME! As I continue this writers journey, delving deeper into worlds unknown to me I am understanding that there are things that will indeed surprise me. There are experiences my characters will face that I have never been through. Certain pains I have never felt but am called to feel, so that I may accurately portray and write about them. And so today I am open to these experiences. I am open to the stories my characters need the world to know. And these worlds they live in are painful, ugly and filled with tests.  Writing Prompts: 

(1) Using The Invitation excerpt: Write about this kind of grief… This can be your own grief or a characters grief. (30 minutes)

(2) Write about a moment you or your character stood in the fire… What does this look like? What does this mean? (15 minutes)

Remove yourself from this exercise. Allow your characters to speak. Allow what wants to be written to find its landing on the page. Surrender to the process. Lean in and trust what wants to be expressed. 

Set your timer for the time allotted. Do not lift the pen off of the page. Do not over think. Do not censor or self edit. You are writing from a stream of consciousness. Trust what wants to be written. If you get stuck begin the prompt again… GO!!!

There are things we fear as writers. Certain truths we rather keep hidden. Let’s go there!

The intention for these prompts is to help you flush out your story and look for the scenes you might want to write. Whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction there are moments (the great stories do this well) where we are called to feel things. Allow us to feel everything. Allow us to see everything. Bring us into this world. 

BEGIN!

Joining in on my writing challenge and writers commitment! Here are the TWO rules:

1. Check in for yesterdays writing each day:
How was yesterday? (post if you wrote, didn’t write, got stuck, need some support.)

Did you find it challenging to carve in the time to write? If we are honest with ourselves where could we have begun instead of doing…….. (Fill in the blank-leave your response in the comments). Yesterday is done. We are not beating ourselves up. Today we get to begin again.

2. WRITING COMMITMENT:

I AM committed to writing everyday!

I AM completely off FB or any form of social media until the days writing is done!

I WILL check in once a day everyday to share that I have met our goal!

If you are writing fiction or non-fiction, choose to write the prompt from whichever POV, or character you choose-i.e. 1st or third person.

Writing Prompts: 

(1) Write about this kind of grief… This can be your own grief or a characters grief. (30 minutes)

(2) Write about a moment you or your character stood in the fire… What does this look like? What does this mean? (15 minutes)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

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Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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