Day 12: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

“At some point you have to let go of the stories you’ve assigned to your life and take a leap.” -In Treatment, TV show

There are so many stories we tell ourselves for why we can’t have something, why we don’t go for something and why we don’t complete something. There are things we say to ourselves on repeat about the world and who gets to have the life we want. These things we keep saying to ourselves are part of our story.  We’ve taken what others have said to us and made it part of our story. Many things we’ve been told or heard about our lives and who we are… are completely false. Yet we believe them. We’ve assigned these stories to ourselves. We believe the story as if it is the essence of us. And it’s holding onto this story that prevents us from letting go, releasing it, and writing a new one. 

This old story I believe is completely connected to why we don’t complete the work, write that story, apply for that opportunity or take that leap! We allow ourselves to drown in the negative self talk, giving into doubt, shame and fear. And these emotions show up precisely in those moments where our lives can be really transformed… These are the moments when change is intended to happen but we prevent ourselves from jumping into the water.  Today lets write about the stories we’ve assigned to our lives. 

Because I know many writers writing non-fiction, memoir and personal essays, today’s prompt is for you (writers working on fiction can allow their characters to respond to these prompts).

3-prompts:

(1) The story I’ve assigned to my life is… (Think about these questions: What is this story I’ve told myself? Where did it come from? How old is it? What’s the line on repeat?) (Set timer for 10 minutes. Do not lift pen off 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!!!

(2) The thing I would do if there was nothing holding me back… (7 minutes)

(3) The new story I will write… (5 minutes)

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 that inform who this character is and the choices they will need to make. 

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.

3-prompts:

(1) The story I’ve assigned to my life is… (Think about these questions: What is this story I’ve told myself? Where did it come from? How old is it? What’s the line on repeat?) (Set timer for 10 minutes. Do not lift pen off 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!!!

(2) The thing I would do if there was nothing holding me back… (7 minutes)

(3) The new story I will write… (5 minutes)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

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

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