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June 21, 2018

Windows

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girl opening curtains in a bedroom Windows let us look out to the world. And windows also give us a framed photo of the scene outside it. What window have you liked to look through the most? Why? What was it about this window’s view that you liked?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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June 20, 2018

Yarn, Lace, Tomatoes

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Vegetable garden - little gardener with harvests of organic toma Yarn, lace, tomatoes – put them in one written piece, fact or fiction of at least 300 words. Be creative. Maybe your piece will become a lovely poem, or a piece of prose, or the start to a sci fi novel.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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June 11, 2018

Reaching for Comfort

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bigstock-Freshly-baked-peanut-butter-co-38755924 Can’t you just smell them? We all have comfort foods. What is yours? Why does this one food bring you comfort? Write it all out.

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Jan

June 10, 2018

Unfolding

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roadlesstraveled Often our lives unfold in mysterious ways. We reflect back and wonder how in the world we got where we are. We wonder how life could have surprised us so intensely, especially when we thought we were headed another way. What unfolding of an expected event happened in your life and took you somewhere you never thought possible? Where did it take you? Where did you think you were going? How did it turn out? Are you still in the unfolding of an unexpected event?

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Jan

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May 26, 2018

Summer Fun

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Child We all remember the activities we loved in summer. What were yours? Write them out in all detail. Who did you do them with? Where did the activity take place. Remember to put in the five senses.

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Jan

May 25, 2018

The First Time

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Young mother and daughter with lettuce Write about the first time you remember doing something with your mother. Perhaps she showed you how to grow lettuce, or bake a cake, or shop for sales. Write it all, what you liked, didn’t like, wanted more of, had enough of.

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Jan

May 24, 2018

Embarrassing Moment

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bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 Write about your most embarrassing moment. Who was involved, why was it embarrassing, what happened?

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Jan

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May 23, 2018

Journal Writing

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Janhawaii2015 Journal writing is a form of healing. Try this: write out a time in which you were confused, unsure of where to go in your life, or a time when you were terribly hurt by someone. After you finish the piece, reread it and circle all the places that still bring physical feelings such as anger, a pang in your stomach, a bit of anxiety or some such emotional reaction.

Take all the places you have circled and write a piece on each item circled. You will find that by doing this, you will go another step deeper into the heart of the matter. Keep doing this process until you feel you have found a place of relief, healing, peace.

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Jan

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May 22, 2018

Buttons

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Nana This is my nana. She was passionate, funny, a relentless teaser, not to mention a great cook. She had a large tin of buttons that she kept near her peddle sewing machine that I loved to play with. When my father and uncle cleaned out her apartment, they got rid of all her belongings, sadly to say, except for the tin of buttons that I found after my father died. He had stashed it in his workroom. Even he loved those bottons. There were small buttons, large buttons, stone filled buttons, purple, red, blue, green, black buttons.

What memories get stirred for you about buttons.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

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May 21, 2018

Be Creative

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KODAK Digital Still Camera There is no such thing as writers block. If you find yourself staring at the blank page, check your body. Maybe it is hungry or needs to stretch. Maybe you need to write in order to warm up. Okay, you can start with any idea. Then you can lead into your writing project. So here is a warm-up idea. Take the words coffee, high heels, tight skirt, and skinny jeans and put them all in a short piece of flash fiction, 250 – 750 words.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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