Day 75: It’s Fiction! Pose A Question… Don’t Give It Away! #wewrite

I have always wanted to write fiction.

After picking up my first historical fiction novel, Isabel Allende’s, The House of the Spirits I knew that I wanted to create worlds that celebrated the stories I never read in primary or secondary school. It wasn’t until I attended university that I began to see a world with characters that look and sounded like me and where we shared a similar history. I began to read women writers such as Mariama Ba, Arundhati Roy and Jhumpa Lahiri. I admired these writers and the powerful characters they created. These writers inspire me. I began to understand that I too have stories that want to be birthed.

But if I am being completely honest I have also felt very insecure about writing in my genre and felt very threatened by “trained writers” those with MFA’s.

I was completely hung up on “getting it right”! I was obsessed with researching the period I am writing. I believed I needed to know “everything” about everything.  Yet something shifted for me while I was in Costa Rica. When I shared my story, the character’s journey and the overall message… the writers were excited for me, they wanted to know more about the CHARACTERS. They were more interested in the story behind who my characters are and why they make the choices they do. I was challenged to focus less on the historical event within the story and spend more time allowing my characters to live in the period they are in.

It freed me as a writer! And I am so grateful for that!

#15 Writing Mantra: It’s fiction – pose a question and don’t answer it!

Don’t give it all away…

Writing Prompts:

(1) The main questions my story aims to answer are centered on… (Ask of your story, character, scenes, symbols or themes every question you would ask about their motivation and intention. What do we want to say?) Set timer for (60 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 nonfiction 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 yesterday’s 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 nonfiction, choose to write the prompt from whichever POV, or character you choose-i.e. 1st or third person.

Writing Prompts:

(1) The main questions my story aims to answer are centered on… (Ask of your story, character, scenes, symbols or themes every question you would ask about their motivation and intention. What do we want to say?) Set timer for (60 minutes)

Check in later. Happy writing!

With love,

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

Copyright © 2016 by Alicia Anabel Santos

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