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March 31, 2017

Food

Filed under: writing and healing — freethepen @ 1:51 pm

Child Eating Strawberrie  Did you know that the chemical Chlopyrifos was been banned on strawberries, corn, and citrus? However, the new administration and the EPA is restoring its use. This chemical is harmful to people and the earth. It has been found to hurt the brains of young children, increasing ADD and other conditions. Put your writing skills to work and write a letter today to the new administration and the EPA. Writers must make their writing count for social good.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

March 30, 2017

Clouds

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 4:11 pm

Blue Sky With A White Cloud In The Form Of Heart Clouds are amazing. Ever study them for images? Once I saw a cloud that looked like a heart. Another time I saw a large rabbit and a butterfly sat perched on its ear. What memories do you have of clouds?

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Jan

March 29, 2017

Money

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:10 pm

bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610     Money represents how we manage what we want, what we want to do, how we treat ourselves, what we feel justified in paying to others, in other words, our overall personal power.What role does money have in your life and how are you managing your personal power through the earning, saving, spending, and use of money?

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Jan

March 28, 2017

Humor

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:42 pm

hangingnakedmen  Sometimes even nature has a sense of humor. Look closer at these purple flowers. What do you see? Write about a sense of humor, yours, someone you know, or nature’s.

Start your day with a smile and,

keep your pen moving,

Jan

 

March 27, 2017

Letters

Filed under: writing and healing — freethepen @ 1:31 pm

IMG_7562 We have all lost people we love. Though we can’t take them to lunch, or buy them a sweater, or talk on the phone, we can communicate through letters. Write letters to those you have lost and feel connected.

March 26, 2017

Windows

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:00 pm

Smiling Boy Watching The Rain Outside At A Window Windows can be a metaphor for what we look through to see into the future or into our souls. Or, they can provide more practical stories such as remodeling, covering them, letting them be bare, and other experiences. Write in 750 words what windows bring to your mind.

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Jan

March 25, 2017

Waiting

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:49 pm

dormantfrog  This little frog has to wait for the ice to melt off his body before he can begin his activities again. What is keeping you waiting? Write in detail. Try to meet the maximum flash fiction word count: 750.

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Jan

March 24, 2017

The Perfect Place

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 8:05 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera The doorbell rings. You stop what you are doing to answer it glancing at the clock. You only have 20 minutes before you are due to meet a friend at a local restaurant. A florist delivery man hands you a glass vase with freshly cut flowers. You stare at the card once, twice, a third time. Your mind races. Is it really from your past lover?

Write the rest of the scene. Let your mind go wild.

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Jan

March 23, 2017

Flash Fiction

Filed under: writing techniques — freethepen @ 2:41 pm

Long Stem Red RoseA single rose.   callalilly A tall and regal calla lily.   KODAK Digital Still Camera  A cypress tree.

Write a flash fiction piece, between 250 and 750 words, about what it means for a character named Alice to plant these in her small backyard just as she was embarking on a healing journey from a broken heart.

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Jan

March 22, 2017

Your World

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:25 pm

hugo Write in detail about the world trapped inside you. Is that world delighted, suffering, playful, creative? Write in detail this inner world.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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