Day 18: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

  
The holidays…

We all have our own beliefs about what a day like today symbolizes for us. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and it’s also a season where many people will feel some of the greatest losses of their lives. What I’m thinking about today is the man who sits in alone in his house.

  
The misunderstood man…

The man in the neighborhood that people think is some sort of creep, the freak or miserable viejo or that angry or resentful or hateful or racist man that hates kids, that hates people and definitely hates animals. 

What if we knew his story… 

What if we knew what the holidays meant for him and the reason why he can’t put up decorations or celebrate or rejoice in this or any season of giving… What if he has nothing left to give?

What if we knew his story…

What if we knew that his wife died on Thanksgiving and so that specific holiday is one that he can’t celebrate. That he no longer finds joy in participating in any holiday because for 40 years he has celebrated Thanksgiving with the woman he loved and now she’s gone. Now he is heartbroken. Now he is alone. 

  
What if we sought out the humanity of this man and honored his history, his reasons and his story… what if we showed him compassion?

People like this man are who I’m thinking about today. I’m thing about the people who will be alone today. I will think about the people who are depressed this holiday season. I will think about the people who believe they don’t have anyone who cares about them. I care and I’m grateful for you and today you will sit at my table during my prayers. 

My writing today is dedicated to all those today who finds themselves alone with nowhere to go. Today my writing is for you and comes from so much Love and compassion.

Writing prompts:

(1) What if… (15 minutes)

(2) In my story compassion shows up when… (15 minutes)

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 non-fiction 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. 

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.

  
Writing prompts:

1) What’s on my (or my characters) mind, but they would never say is… (15 minutes)

(2) When I’m alone (or my character) is alone… (15 minutes)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

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

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