Day 25: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

Understanding rage!

Today I woke up embracing rage. The kind of rage that has manifested in the ugliest versions of myself. I’m meditating on the kind of rage that has kept me silent, yet I was tick, tick, ticking and exploding on the inside. The kind of rage that made me react rather than fully understand and sit with certain experiences and situations.  I have prayed my way out of many moments I am not proud of. I have done so much healing work around my rage. It’s constant. I always have rage in my back pocket! And every once in a while I embrace my rage and allow her to come back home!  I have spent the morning listening to the news of the horrible mass shootings in California. I am devastated to know that people could walk into a place servicing those with disabilities and just open fire.  I began to question what the mindset could be of a human being doing this? What triggers this kind of rage? What is the THING that takes a person over the ledge… Over that fine line between rage and human decency? 

What could make a person so angry that the only thing they think to do is murder people? 

This kind of rage is such an act of desperation.  This morning we wake to yet another tragic event and the news reporters and Twitter trolls are out here calling it a terrorist attack… when what we should be calling it is inconceivable RAGE! This moment in time is so tragic… so unbelievable. 

What would make someone do this?

So today as I begin my writing process I’m thinking about how rage shows up in my writing! All of the things that I have THE RIGHT to be angry about! Yet rather than go out and hurt people I know that I can take my rage out on the page. And so as we move into today’s prompts… Here’s what we should think about: what are the things YOU are angry about? What are the themes in your story that your characters will be facing around rage and anger? What makes them angry? Why are they angry? What do they do with their rage? What is the moment that made them the most angry?

Today we write about rage and anger.

Writing Prompts: 

(1) What are the themes in your story that your characters will be facing around rage and anger? (10 minutes)

(2) What makes them angry? (10 minutes)

(3) Why are they angry? (10 minutes)

(4) What do they do with their rage? (10 minutes)

(5) What is the moment that made them the most angry? (10 minutes)

(6) How will they resolve their anger? (10 minutes)

Remove yourself from this exercise. Allow your characters to speak. Allow what wants to be written to find its landing on the page. Surrender to the process. Lean in and trust what wants to be expressed. 

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 are the themes in your story that your characters will be facing around rage and anger? (10 minutes)

(2) What makes them angry? (10 minutes)

(3) Why are they angry? (10 minutes)

(4) What do they do with their rage? (10 minutes)

(5) What is the moment that made them the most angry? (10 minutes)

(6) How will they resolve their anger? (10 minutes)

Check in later.

Happy writing!

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Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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One thought on “Day 25: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

  1. I appreciate the honesty in your writing. For me, in fiction and in poetry, I sometimes write about people trying to open up, trying to love but they have been hurt. Healing is one of my themes, not with lightning, but more in the gentleness of nature – a stream, pine trees, and the softness of love (my wife). Regarding the people who kill others, I think they have made the choice to be less than human. I’m sure they had a soul once, but perhaps they have thrown it out the window. Just a thought.

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