Day 35: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

  How are we growing as writers?  Writers workshops are nothing without mastering the skill of the “ReWrite” and knowing that we must constantly edit the work we have created. 

  For the past couple of weeks the writers in my Writing from the Womb Workshop have really been looking at the importance of making revising a constant practice.  

Today we spent six hours in workshop. Each author shared their work. Each writer provided feedback, suggestions and comments to help the author move the story forward. Today was a day filled with love, kindness, sharing and growth. Our conversation was filled with tears, joy, and honesty. These writers have bled on the page…

As the evening comes to a close I am overwhelmed with pride. These writers have written stories that are filled with fearlessness, and rawness. Their work is worthy of recognition. Today we spent the entire day asking all the questions necessary to continue to developing memorable characters and compelling stories. 

It is incredible how much writing has taken place over the past six weeks.

And so as I rest my head on my pillow I do so with such gratitude and such pride in these amazing women.  

Tonight I will keep my prompts simple because my writers have worked their asses off. 

  Writing Prompts: 

(1) The one piece of advice or suggestions or feedback offered to me today that I would like to address and work on is… (20 minutes) 

(2) The essay, chapter, or scene I will be working on… Revising and editing. (20 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) The one piece of advice or suggestions or feedback offered to me today that I would like to address and work on is… (20 minutes) 

(2) The essay, chapter, or scene I will be working on… Revising and editing. (20 minutes)

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 in Costa Rica, I am one of seven writers selected for this amazing opportunity. 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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