Day 27: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

 The greatest lessons a parent teaches!

This morning a picture resurfaced of a meal prepared for me by my parents hands. Every time I go to visit my mother prepares my favorite meals. Every time! It doesn’t matter how tired she is she always makes all of my siblings what we love. My dad makes us the most amazing breakfasts, his favorite meal. We start the day eating together, having coffee and then watch the news or back to back movies.  Our relationship wasn’t always like this. We weren’t always this close. When I was young I didn’t value the lessons they wanted to impart. Everything they warned me against or prevented me from experiencing felt like an attack on my freedom. I wasn’t trying to hear it! I wasn’t trying to hear them! 

The image of the plate of food triggered something in me, messages of… Delicadeza, orgullo, y amor.  Three of the many lessons passed down to me:

Delicadeza: defined as Intentional mildness, gentleness, tenderness. Doing something with great care. My parents definitely encouraged me to do things with great delicadeza. Because why half ass it? If you’re not doing things with intention and care and tenderness why bother? 

Orgullo: Pride. This is by far one of the greatest lessons learned. Pride in all I do. Pride in my history. Also, not being so proud that I close myself off to the perspective of others. 

Amor: the love I have experienced is great. Even though I have had some difficult moments with my parents I do not doubt their love for me is the very essence of me. 

Sometimes the lessons we receive aren’t always beautiful. Sometimes these lessons can be downright awful, but they contribute greatly to how we are formed. We should write about those lessons as well. 

Writing Prompts: 

(1) Pick three lessons that were passed down from your parents/or your characters parents? (10 minutes)

(2) What do you wish they taught you/or your character? (10 minutes)

(3) How have you/they lived your/their life with the lessons learned? (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) Pick three lessons that were passed down from your parents/or your characters parents? (10 minutes)

(2) What do you wish they taught you/or your character? (10 minutes)

(3) How have you/they lived your/their life with the lessons learned? (10 minutes)Check in later.
Happy writing!

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Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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