Day 29: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

 Don’t ever let someone take your…. (Fill in the blank)

Two women said those words to me several years apart. 

The first time was over the phone as I was screaming about my unhappiness with someone who disrespected me. She told me, “Alicia, don’t ever let them take your peace!” 

Years later I would find myself on a bus, speaking to someone on the phone, discontented, disgusted, disillusioned and disappointed and an elder said, “I don’t know what happened but I want you to know you are a beautiful black woman. Don’t ever let anyone take your joy!” 

I’m constantly reminding myself of these messages to hold on tight. 

We place blame on others. We hold them responsible for our happiness. We blame them when things go wrong. We blame others when things don’t go our way. We react to the things we perceive is happening which could be completely opposite of the narrative we are telling ourselves. When things are in disarray we say things like, “they did it to us” or “they are to blame” for xyz. We might wake up happy and out of nowhere we are pulled out and into this rage and don’t know where it came from, yet we might say “they took us there!” “They made us do it!” “They made us say it!” “They took our happiness.” “They stripped us of our happiness.” They took our peace and joy!” “They made us angry!  Writing Prompts: 

(1) They took my…. They took my characters…. What was taken? How was it taken? When did it happen? (15 minutes)

(2) What have you/your characters given away? (15 minutes)

(3) How do you/your character get it back? (15 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) They took my…. They took my characters…. What was taken? How was it taken? When did it happen? (15 minutes)

(2) What have you/your characters given away? (15 minutes)

(3) How do you/your character get it back? (15 minutes) Check in later.

Happy writing!

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Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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