Day 33: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

How do you write when your world is crumbling?

“Writers write!”

“Writers write everyday!”

“Writers sit in front of the blank page and just create!” There is no writer; that I know of, who adheres to these set expectations of how a great writer arrives at her process. There’s a myth that writing is somehow “easy” and that “anyone can do it!” NO! EVERYONE CANNOT!

I have been challenging myself to write now for 33 days straight. Everyday I wake up thinking about writing. Everyday I wake up wanting to share my process and yearning for community that understands how solitary this writers life can be. 

Everyday I pray for the inspiration to write something… anything. 

This writers life can be lonely. We live in a room, this haunted house, surrounded by four walls that feel like they are closing in on us. And we are suffocating, the air we are breathing is thick. The ghosts are all speaking at the same time, every character wants their voices in the story. 

Some days it flows and I’m in it. On these days my story seems to be coming along beautifully. 

But on most days it’s fucking dark, hot, uncomfortable, shitty, I forget to eat, the writing is mediocre at best and I am alone!

  Today I am honoring the loneliness and solitude that writing requires. It’s not all roses and rainbows. Today is not an easy writing day and I choose to be left alone.   

Writing Prompts: 

(1) In the solitude I or my character is suffering through.. (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond. 

(2) The loneliness is unbearable when… (20 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) In the solitude I or my character is suffering through.. (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond. 

(2) The loneliness is unbearable when… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond. 

Today was a hard day but I wrote. 

Check in later.

Happy writing!

NOTE TO READERS: I’m so grateful for this community. 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

With love,

Alicia off FB, IG, Tumblr, WordPress – #WEWRITE

Copyright © 2015 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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