Becoming Vulnerable 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 1

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Good morning artists, dreamers, loners, creative beings, writers and everyone willing to join me on this crazy journey. Today we begin the 30 Day Becoming Vulnerable Writing Challenge. Last summer it was an amazing turnout, many writers joined challenge and this summer we are doing it again.

Here is what I KNOW to be true about being a writer:

WRITER’S WRITE! And we must write everyday.

Here is what I know to be true about me:

I LOVE writing in community.

All you have to do is be willing, trust the process, surrender and know that I am with you.

The Becoming Vulnerable challenge is aimed at opening us up and the task is simple every day for thirty days I will post a prompt. You will set your timer for the specified time allotted and then proceed to write from a stream of consciousness. The intention for the next 30 days is to allow what wants to rise freedom on the page–it might be ugly, painful, funny, surprising, alarming… on the page we free all of it. This is why I call it a FREEWRITE, we will write freely, from a stream of consciousness, pen to page, fingers to key, brush to canvas… never allowing the pen to leave the page. If you get stuck, blocked, or freeze… begin at the beginning –re-write the prompt and keep going.. or write “I am stuck…” the point is to not stop writing until the time is up!

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OK… let’s get ready… grab your tools… take a sip of water… get comfortable… take a deep breath…know that I am writing with you.

I will start with a warmup, set your timer for 1 minute:

Warmup prompt: I am willing… (begin)

Breathe… that was just to get the blood flowing.

Deep breath– release…

PROMPT 1: I feel the most safe… (set timer for 5 minutes–BEGIN!)

I feel the most safe…

How did that feel? Tell me about the process…

There is no right or wrong way to do the prompts. They can be written in the form of prose or poetry, 1st person or 3rd, in the voice of your main character or villain… the point is to write… to keep writing… to stay with me and not give up.

Please share your responses to the 30 Day ~ Becoming Vulnerable Writing Challenge on the comment section for this post in my blog.

Wishing you all the most beautiful day filled with love, light and continual inspiration.

And so it is. Namaste. Aché

With all my love,
Alicia

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3 thoughts on “Becoming Vulnerable 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 1

  1. Warmup response: I am willing to be open. I am willing to open myself up. I am willing to be honest on the page. I am willing to face certain subjects and ideas that have frightened me. I am willing to be open. This is a new exploration… END TIME!

    Prompt 1: I feel the most safe when I am running! I am really good at running… when things get hard, when the pain is too close, when the struggle is too real–I run! I am not running from it… I am running from people around me who think they can fix it… I am running from the things that don’t help me. I feel most safe running. I realized many years ago that my restoration only happens in solitude. This is why i run… because I like being alone… it is so very necessary… in solitude I am allowed to feel everything and I don’t have to be anything for anyone. I like feeling everything. In it’s twisted way feeling everything is how I write from the most authentic place… I like feeling the things I don’t like. I feel safe with my pen, but sometimes not with the page. On the page shit is right in front of me. It’s one thing to feel something in silence and another to see it in ink. Sometimes the writing is good, most days its crap but no matter what it is the only thing I have that helps me to see. We all need something we can SEE, touch, feel and believe in. I told someone recently that I had FAITH… and she said, “faith is for religion,” this doesn’t make me feel safe. What is it to feel safe? And so it is… END TIME

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  2. I hope it is okay to hop in a bit late. I saw your post on Facebook and really wanted to participate.
    Warm-Up (1 minute) I am willing
    I am willing to open myself up to all the world has to offer. All the good and bad…the best and worst of humanity. I am willing to give myself a chance to embrace vulnerability.
    PROMPT 1: I feel the most safe… (set timer for 5 minutes–BEGIN!)
    I feel the most safe in the arms of loved ones. From a young age, I’ve understood that there were little to no safe spaces for girls like me – girls with skin tones and hues that ranged from the lightest of caramels to the darkest of browns. But when I am in the arms of my mother, father, sisters, brothers…when I hold my nieces and nephews in my arms, I feel safe. Underlying the feeling of security is an undying love. Even when I’ve succumb to the most negative of thoughts, even when I’m exposed to the most harmful of conditions and situations, I feel safe in their arms.

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    1. WELCOME SISTER!!!! I am thrilled to have you join. Anyone can join at any moment. Its all good. Thank you for sharing your prompt… Being open is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Keeping ourselves closed doesn’t serve us.

      I loved the line… “there were little to no safe spaces for girls like me…” YES YES YES to this. Thank you for being vulnerable. Feeling safe is so important. ❤ Thank you for walking with me on this journey ❤

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