Day 21: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

“I hope I never see the day when I’ve found my voice.”  Today I had the most amazing day with the writers in my Writing from the Womb Workshop. We are in week four and today’s session was on voice. This idea of narrative voice (a characters voice) and the writers voice (the meddler that wants to control and know everything). 

  
Today I challenged the writers to surrender complete control of the outcome and allow for the characters to tell the story the way they would tell it. Characters have their individual cadence, flow, purpose and journey. As writers we must not meddle with their flow and the choices they want to make. 

I agree with the writer Anis Shivani who writes in his essay, Voice in Fiction: A Favorite MFA: Writing Program Shibboleth, “I hope I never see the day when I’ve found my voice. How is it possible to ever find your voice? Voice is mystical. It puts the writer on a pedestal. No writer worth his salt ought to want that.”

Voice can not be taught. Just as writing can’t be taught. Voice is a journey. Writing is the only way to find your voice. 

Writing Prompt

(1) Select a character you want to write a scene for, allow them to respond to your questions in first person–I AM…: 

What does this character likes to do? (15 minutes)

What is this character afraid of? (15 minutes)

What does this character want most of all? (15 minutes)

Remove yourself from this exercise. Let the character speak. Shut up and listen. 

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 Prompt

(1) Select a character you want to write a scene for, allow them to respond to your questions in first person–I AM…: 

What does this character likes to do? (15 minutes)

What is this character afraid of? (15 minutes)

What does this character want most of all? (15 minutes)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

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Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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