Day 61: Pacing… Slow Down

It has taken me a week to really get back to my life. My trip to Costa Rica gave me so many blessings. I didn’t journal. I didn’t document every moment of every day there. I was present. I listened. I shared. I grew. I learned so much about the women at the retreat, but mostly I learned so much about myself, my craft, and the characters that are the heart of my story.

Thank you to the many contributors who made my trip to Costa Rica possible! It was absolutely magical!

I want to share a special list I created of (17) Writing Mantras I intend to say to myself before beginning my daily writing sessions.


#1 Writing Mantra: Pacing… breathe… one word, one thought, one moment… Slow down!

Pace yourself!

If you’re anything like me there are moments in the writing process where the words seem to pour out of you with great urgency and desperation. There are moments when I listen to punk rock while I write because I want to push myself to get it out of my body quickly.

In re-reading my work I see the areas where I need to slow down. I am proud to have created a world that is beautiful “in my head” yet its time to paint a picture.

During the Tengo Sed Writer’s Retreat in Costa Rica, I shared excerpts from the historical fiction novel I am working on. I received tremendous advice on my pacing. The writers wanted me to slow it down, stay with the characters and to allow their worlds to unfold. Stay in the scene. Stay in the moment. One word at a time! This by far is the best advice I can share.

Writing Prompts:

(1) The scene I intend to stay with today… (60) minutes. Writer or character can respond. (Ask of your character every question you would ask about their motivation and intention)

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 nonfiction 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.


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

1. Check in for yesterday’s 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.


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 nonfiction, choose to write the prompt from whichever POV, or character you choose-i.e. 1st or third person.

Writing Prompts:

(1) The scene I intend to stay with today… (60) minutes. Writer or character can respond. (Ask of your character every question you would ask about their motivation and intention)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

With love,

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

Copyright © 2016 by Alicia Anabel Santos



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