This is the last of my writing mantras… SHOWING UP everyday is truly the hardest and most important part of the writing process. Its about showing up even when we aren’t inspired. Showing up when the writing sucks. Showing up when we have nothing to say. Its about sitting in front of the blank screen/page and waiting for something to rise. Anything. Its about asking the right questions. We must constantly question the direction of the story (not our ability to tell it). We are writers!
Writing is hard work!
If there is anything I have learned about my process it’s that when I don’t show up it gets harder to get back into the story. Everyday we must show up. I must read what I have written. Review my outline. Study. Write. Edit. Write some more.
Now that I have shared my writing mantras it’s time to get to work. Over the next few weeks and months I intend to solely going to focus on my story and showing up. My posts will be more on my story and process. I hope you will share your process with me and feel free to share some of the prompts or essays on craft that have helped you most.
#17 Writing Mantra: SHOW UP for my story! Every day! Stay in! Stay with it! All day everyday yo! And fuck those bitches.
The “bitches” I am referring to are the people, the voices, and all the noise that keeps us from coming to the page.
EVERY DAY KEEP SHOWING UP!
STAY IN IT!
STAY WITH IT!
(1) I am at the point of my story where… (Ask of your story, character, scenes, symbols or themes every question you would ask about their motivation and intention. What do we want to say?) Set timer for (60 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 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.
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 nonfiction, choose to write the prompt from whichever POV, or character you choose-i.e. 1st or third person.
(1) I am at the point of my story where… (Ask of your story, character, scenes, symbols or themes every question you would ask about their motivation and intention. What do we want to say?) Set timer for (60 minutes)Check in later. Happy writing!
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