In the first lesson in the Evolution Ezine Writer’s Workshop, we explored how the most important aspect for writing is to move past the limiting beliefs about who we are writing for and how good we are at writing. I suggested that the first step is to simply just start writing.
Today we’re going to take the next step and actually do that. What I’ll do is give you some background information, some direction and focus, and then you’ll have the opportunity to see what writing miracles unfold within you. And when I say miracles, I’m not saying that what you write is going to be instantly ready for publishing by Hay House, but rather, there are little miracles in your experience every time you write anything from within your self.
As you intuitively know, the most important elements of any story are the characters; without characters, there is no story. The thing is, life works the same way. If you’re not choosing to move forward in your life story, if you’re not actively deciding what kind of character you want to be, then it is being decided for you by other people (past or present).
In reflecting on this idea, I am reminded of the movie “Stranger Than Fiction.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely a must watch. The main character starts having strange experiences, hearing a voice in his head, and as the plot unfolds it becomes apparent that he is actually the character in ANOTHER person’s story.
Harold Crick is his name, and he’s faced with an interesting complication: The other person hasn’t finished writing the story. When it narrates his impending doom (death), Harold is faced with choosing either to accept his fate at the mercy of the Universe (or this narrator, at least), or becoming an active character in his life to see what he can do. While I won’t spoil the movie for you, what I will share is that Harold does in fact decide that he has a stake in his life, and he’s going to take action to move HIS story forward… not necessarily the story that the author is writing into his life for him, but the story Harold wants to live.
(As part of your Writer’s Workshop homework, go rent “Stranger Than Fiction” or re-watch it if you’ve already seen it)
Like Harold, every single day you are faced with the choice of what story you want to live out. The difference is that your narration comes from within, and most often it’s a voice from your past subconsciously telling you want to do. The real questions are:
Will it be the story from your past history repeating itself in new ways?
Will it be a new story of hopes and dreams emerging from within your heart?
Will it be a story of faith and trust in the unfolding present moment?
There are many opportunities for the next story you write in your life. However, there’s one thing that always seems to get in the way:
Sometimes the villian is a very real person who has made your life miserable, who has hurt you, or at the very least has made your life difficult. Sometimes that villain takes the form of an inaminate object malfunctioning, like the computer failing at the worst time, a car getting a flat on the way to work, or one of “those mornings” where you seem to only get red lights when you’re in a rush.
It may seem like God, (or the Universe, Creator, Source, whatever label you prefer) is against you. The thing to remember though is this…
A hero is only as strong as his or her villain.
Who would Spider Man be without a cast of characters to put his world wide web changing silken skills to the test? What about Superman, Wonder Woman, or Cyndi Krupp? Who would they be without foes to vanquish or questions to answer?
Sometimes the greatest villain we have is our inner critic, the one that tells us we’re not good enough, nobody cares what we have to say, or that we don’t have the necessary skills or credentials. If any of those thoughts are familiar, then today is the day to acknowledge that “villain” in your life story and choose to take him on.
In order to help you understand and experience this in a simple, practical way, and simultaneously vanquish that foe (as well as quite possibly another one)… I’ve got a little writing assignment for you. Don’t worry, it’ll be easy AND a wonderful opportunity for self exploration.
Evolution Ezine Writer’s Workshop: Assignment #1
Evolution Ezine Writer’s Workshop: Bonus Prize
Simply by following the above 3 steps, you’ll have completed a story. Not just any story, but a story that includes you as a character (hero) with a challenge (villain/foe). Not only that, chances are if you’re like me you’ll write a happy ending to the story, too.
In order to make this even more fun and take it to the next level, Cyndi has agreed to GIVE AWAY some special prizes to participants in this Writer’s Workshop! The first prize is the Free From Fear Package, and all you have to do to be entered to win is to share your story in the comments section below.
Note: If you want a chance to win the prize, and don’t want to share your name that’s okay. As long as your email address is correct (so that Cyndi can contact you with your prize), feel free to just post your name publicly as “Anonymous.”
And while I hope you’ll share your story publicly (even if anonymously), you can still win a prize just by writing your story and sending it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the next Writer’s Workshop, Cyndi will give away The Free From Fear System to at least one person at random from everybody who shared their story. The more people who comment, the more prizes Cyndi will be randomly giving away.
How’s that for fun?
For now, I just want to wish you a wonderful day and let you know that I look forward to reading your stories!
Your Partner In Transformation,
Inscribe Your Life®
P.S. If you choose not to share your story publicly, please at least comment and share your experience with or thoughts on this edition of the workshop.
P.P.S. In case you missed the special gift from from me last time, here it is again:
My audio titled, “Think Without The Box®” It’s about 30 minutes long (you can also download the PDF transcript), and here’s just a little bit of what you’ll discover:
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