Day 31: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

Today I’m meditating on righting wrongs. 

Check your heartbeat. 

Check your breathing.

Check posture.

What is the thought entering your mind right in this exact moment?

My thoughts are on:

Violence. 

Sexual violence. 

Women. 

Rape. 

They say, “Write the story you want to read!” or “Write what you know!”  I say “right” the story you want to see make actual change in the world. I say RIGHT the story that makes people uncomfortable and serves as a platform to get society to start speaking on things. 

I say write the story because it is your right! I write because there are things that I want to see righted in the world. There are things that others have gotten wrong about us, about my people, and about women.   We need to change the narrative that exists about Latinas, lesbians, and women of color and how we show up in the world and the complexities of our identities and histories. We need more characters that have substance and meaning. As writers we must deliver stories with interesting backstories and create work with actual messages, lessons, traditions and history.  And so today I will write about the things I want to get right! Today I am righting wrongs. 

Writing Prompts

(1) My heart races when I think about… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond 

(2) I’m furious about… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond 

(3) What I want to do is… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond. 

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) My heart races when I think about… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond 

(2) I’m furious about… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond 

(3) What I want to do is… (15 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.  Check in later.

Happy writing!

  
NOTE TO READERS: I am so grateful for this community. As I begin preparations for this massive writing project that I intend to spend most of 2016 and 2017 focused on I need your help. I’m currently raising money for the TENGO SED “I’m Thirsty” Writers Retreat please consider donating and sharing my gofundme campaign. Please spread widely: gofund.me/tbdvdhw4 (click link to read excerpt for latest work in progress.)

With love,

Alicia off FB, IG, Tumblr, WordPress – #WEWRITE
Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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