Day 21: The Nerve to Write!

“But being a motherfucker, it’s a way of life, really… It’s about having strength rather than fragility, resilience, and faith, and nerve, and really leaning hard into work rather than worry and anxiety.
I think there are a lot of writers who can’t write, or they think they can’t write… I understand that feeling, I think every writer has wrestled with those anxieties and that self-loathing, and yet ultimately in order to succeed in anything we all have to in essence embrace humility, rather.
The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And “if your Nerve, deny you—,” as Emily Dickinson wrote, “go above your Nerve.” Writing is hard for every last one of us — straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
Good morning beloved writers!
If I am being honest, since last Tuesday, I have had no desire to come to the page. The results of our election completely destroyed me. I had no words. I was filled with emotion… anger, rage, fear, feeling unsafe, scared, worried, confused, concerned, nervous, anxious and completely nauseous. Today I am meditating on coming to my writing from a place of humility. I am calling forth all the strength I possess and getting back to work.
During yesterday’s writing session we took inventory and had an honest conversation about what we need as writers, our writing goals and what we want to have at the end of this round of WFW. Writers committed to scheduling their writing as they would a mammogram, they signed a contract in invisible ink where they would write a certain number of scenes and pages by the end of our last 20 days together! Feel that… you are in! You are a writer… we are writing like the bad*&% mother&*$@*$@ we are!
This week we are writing scenes where the central focus is on the action. Try starting the scene where the action is… dive right into what your characters are doing. Is your character pushing a president off a cliff? Is there a fight/argument? Are they at dinner? Set it up… what are your characters doing? Pick any scene you are drawn to.
Writing prompt: What’s happening in this scene is… (set timer for 20 minutes)
Have the nerve to lean into the WORK and WRITE!

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