Day 43: On Writing With An End In Mind ~ #wewrite

When you don’t have a plan you have no idea where you’re going!  
Where are you headed?

Where is your story going?

Why must they achieve the goal?

What’s the plan?

How does it all end? On writing with an end in mind. 

I’d like to think that as writers we know, or have some idea of where our story is going. I should know why my characters do what they do. I like to write with a roadmap, yet sometimes, when I’m not looking for it, the characters show me where they want and need to go. 

We start with a plan and then our story takes us on a crazy journey. These are the wonderful surprises that come when we trust the process.  Today I am going into this world with a plan, but open to the amazing possibilities. I am all in for this crazy journey. Stay open to the amazing possibilities!

Writing Prompts: 

(1) My story begins… (20 minutes) Writer or character can respond.

(2) Then it happened… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) In the end….. (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

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) My story begins… (20 minutes) Writer or character can respond.

(2) Then it happened… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) In the end….. (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.  Check in later.

Happy writing!

NOTE TO READERS: I’m so grateful for this community. I’m currently raising money for the TENGO SED “I’m Thirsty” Writers retreat in Costa Rica, I am one of seven writers selected for this amazing opportunity. To make my goal I need to raise $60 everyday until my departure. Please consider donating and sharing my gofundme campaign. Please spread widely: gofund.me/tbdvdhw4

With love,

Alicia off FB, IG, Tumblr, WordPress – #WEWRITE

Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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