free the pen, a blog for writers

May 26, 2017

Wild Woman

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:47 pm

Print  Fields At The Rainbows End  Long Stem Red Rose  Create a flash fiction, 250 to 750 words, about a wild woman and include a heart, rainbow, and red rose. Now let your imagination go – don’t censor. Just write stream-of-consciousness style. You will surprise yourself with your own creativity.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and


May 25, 2017


Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:13 pm

Little girl jumping with an inflatable round tube in the pool, h Who can you trust to catch you when you jump? Write about the character of that person.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan  and

May 24, 2017

For the sake of . . .

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:47 pm

jan pen ink for web Every day we make sacrifices or choices for the sake of someone or something else. Write about a time when you did something for the sake of another. Perhaps you recycle for the sake of the planet. Perhaps you donate money for the sake of helping those in need. Write in detail about what you do for the sake of, including your philosophy, the act of doing, what it costs you, and anything else involved in your choice.

Keep the pen moving,


May 23, 2017

In Transition

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 3:03 pm

Yellow White Blank Delivery Van Truck Of My Trucks Series How many life transitions have you had? Did the transition involve a geographical change, marital change, career change, health and healing matter?

My life has been challenged by dozens of transitions on many topics. These life changes can be difficult if they are wanted and traumatic is they are not. What were your transitions? Where did these changes take you? Write your story-as-lived narrative. These transitions change your life, can lead you through an unwanted experienced to a fulfilled dream-come-true. These stories are your memoir. Write them in all the details.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

May 22, 2017

Embarrassing Moment

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 4:47 pm

bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 What was your most embarrassing moment? What happened, who were you with, how did you resolve it? Or do you still feel embarrassed when you think of it? Re-write this moment and give it an ending of learning something or a benefit that resulted.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

May 21, 2017

All along . . .

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:35 pm

bigstock-feather-icon-41376454 All along . . . Don’t you have things you’ve wanted all along? You know, those things that stay in the back of our brains haunting us with desire. What are yours?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

May 20, 2017


Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:58 pm

answers What answers does silence give you? What questions about life do you ask in silence? Do you welcome silence or avoid it? Silence allows me to have the best relationship with my self. In silence I can hear my own heartbeat, my thoughts, my wishes, my regrets, my desires, and determine how I want to live my life. I seek silence. When I need more, I make a date with myself and step away from people. Years ago I knew a man who couldn’t stand silence. When he was alone in the house he had the TV, radio, and all the lights on. He seemed to want to run away from his inner silence. I couldn’t imagine living like that. Do you live like that?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

May 19, 2017


Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 12:43 pm

Fields At The Rainbows End I love looking for rainbows after it rains. In New Mexico, I often saw triple rainbows. It was breathtaking. What do you love about rain?

Keep the pen moving,


May 18, 2017

Prompt – Relatives

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 3:24 pm

dad&uncle My favorite relative was my Uncle Harold, pictured on the right. He and my father, on the left, were eleven years apart and best friends. My Uncle  adored his little brother. He had a contagious laugh, a loud voice – as do all the Marquarts, visited every Sunday for as long as I can remember, and was always pulling small pranks. His sense of humor was often devious, putting ketchup on the crotches of underwear on the clothesline, or quietly moving something in the house to drive my mother crazy. Since I rarely knew what he was up to, I’d often be on high alert when he came over. That alone made him tease me unmercifully. Uncle Harold had an allergy to the skin of a peach and that was my power. As a young teen, I’d chase him around the dining room table, holding out the peach. My father would have to come to his rescue. My father adored his big brother. My Uncle was kind and funny and I always felt loved by him. He introduced me to gardening and gave me the tightest hug when I flew home after recovering from a paralyzing illness, deep in tears. He adored my father — was always there for him when my father needed to talk. When my father died, my uncle was a torn man.  Uncle Harold was a wonderful example of loyalty, family honor, humor, and faithfulness, and I miss him so very much, especially on Sundays. And I adored them both.

Who was your favorite relative? What kind of relationship did you have with this relative and how did he/she make a difference in your life?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

May 17, 2017


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:04 pm

idea What ideas do you have about your relationship with your parents that you would put in your memoir?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan and

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at