Day 36: Writing Challenge ~ #wewrite

  Making time to write!

I’m hauling ass to get to work right now. Actually, I’m on a bus that if it went up against a turtle in a race, the turtle would win. 

 When you need to be somewhere fast, delays are guaranteed. You may have the best of intentions. You leave early. You believe you will have at least 30 minutes to yourself of writing time. You have a plan. And then things happen. 

Writing with a plan. So many writers I know say they don’t have a plan, they only write when they are inspired. They only write when they are called to write. I am not one of these writers. I like having a plan. I enjoy having a roadmap. I can appreciate being guided. But I am not so rigid in my planning that I don’t honor when my plan gets completely side swiped and derailed. 

There are no shortcuts. There’s no “7 steps to finishing the novel!” We must do the work. We must come to the page everyday especially on the days we don’t want to. We must stay with our stories in those moments we hate what we have written. Just show up! That’s what I am remembering today.   So while today is not going according to my plan I will write anyway!

Writing Prompts: 

(1) My character woke to the news that… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(2) The alarming thing is… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) Today I was visited by… (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) My character woke to the news that… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(2) The alarming thing is… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

(3) Today I was visited by… (20 minutes) – Writer or character can respond.

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. To make my goal I need to raise $58 everyday until my departure. 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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