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June 30, 2017

Asking for Help

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Long Stem Red RoseWe all need help at times. Sometimes we feel good about it and at other times we can be riddled with shame. Write about a time you asked for help. How did it go? How did you feel? What happened that you needed help?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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June 29, 2017

Avoiding Danger

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:59 pm
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inch worm.jpg Sometimes, if we are not watching, we can walk directly into the silk of an inchworm as it hangs in mid-air. This is not my best photography but this is a photo of an inchworm struggling to climb back to up to a tree. The silk it makes is similar to that made by a spider. When danger approaches, perhaps a bird is landing on a branch to pick it up, inchworms drop quickly from the leaves they are feeding on and hang from the end of their silken strand. The silk is soft at first then gets hard. Once the inchworm is out of danger, it climbs back up to the leaves to continue eating. We are so much like the inchworm, which is really a caterpillar.

When danger comes near us, we create a way out of it too. What danger have you avoided? What was it? Where did you go? What did you do?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

June 28, 2017

Technology

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:48 pm

anduze2004 How simple it is to sit and write. Here I am in a small cafe in Anduze writing with a pen, not a laptop, where rapid clicks can get annoying to people ready for a quiet morning or where computer quirks can interrupt concentration during a free-write to warm up creative juices. Studies showW that writing with a pen, versus a keyboard, activates a different part of your brain and accelerates healing.

Does the technology of a computer help or hinder your writing? Are you more creative on a keyboard or with a pen? Do you access the depth of emotions with a keyboard or a pen?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

June 27, 2017

Mother

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meandmom70s My mother never told me . . .. We remember many things our mothers told us. They told us to pick up our shoes, clean our plates, be polite, don’t spit, close the door, save money, be nice. But there is always something, as we embark on life,  that we wish our mothers had told us. What was it you wanted your mother to have told you?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

June 26, 2017

First Sight

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:00 pm

bigstock-Love-Birds-on-a-branch-56002589It was love at first sight. Go! Write wild! Write without censoring. Write until you are totally spent.

I dreamed about him last night, my first love. He has been on my mind lately. I worked with him on Wall Street back in 1967 for four years. I was only 18 when I met him. Didn’t care much for him but we worked together so we had daily contact. Even after I changed jobs, we stayed in daily contact. I had become friends with his team at work so it seemed inevitable. We were to meet for lunch one ordinary day. I exited my old office building and saw him waiting for me against the Chase Manhattan Bank building. He was staring into the mass of people walking to lunch in his grey suit and skinny tie to match his skinny body. Something in the way he looked, or the way we had kept connecting, or the way he laughed or knew things I didn’t. It is difficult to pinpoint. But suddenly, staring at him waiting for me, my heart took wings, I lost a breath, I felt an unimaginable joy. Love. I was taken over by a feeling of deep and rich love. I couldn’t feel the ground below me or the air against my face. Even if I had known in that holy second what tumultuous events would follow in the next five years, I wouldn’t have given up that moment. I had no idea I was capable of such a feeling. I still treasure that split second even though I have not had any contact with him since 1975 and he put me through hell.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

June 25, 2017

They Said It Wasn’t True, But. . .

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bigstock-Happy-Teens-35243588 They said it wasn’t true, but . . . Ever have anyone tell you that you couldn’t do what you wanted? Ever have anyone say it wasn’t true that you had the ability to do something you wanted, but you did it? What was it that you knew you could do when others said you couldn’t?

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Jan

June 24, 2017

I didn’t expect . . .

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:41 pm
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bigstock-Vogue-style-vintage-portrait-35629610 I didn’t expect. . . What a wonderful way to start a creative free-write. Don’t stop to think. This doesn’t have to be something that happened to you. Be wild. Be creative. Be bold. Let your imagination rip open, uncensored, raw, and moving through you with fierce abandonment. I didn’t expect. . .

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

June 23, 2017

Your World

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:43 pm
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hugo We think of the world as being outside ourselves which makes this quote by Victor Hugo rich with ideas for what lies inside us. What world lies inside you?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

June 22, 2017

What he said was –

Filed under: fiction,memoir — freethepen @ 2:00 pm
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bigstock-feather-icon-41376454 Starting with a quote like, “What he said was . . .”, allows your imagination to run wild or your memory to recall something you experienced or overheard. Perhaps what he said was funny, annoying, sad, irrelevant to the conversation, or some other interpretation. Perhaps it was a family member who said the comment, story, or advice. There is so much to work with here. Let your imagination run wild.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

 

 

June 21, 2017

Fiction

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:52 pm
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dormantfrog This frog will stay frozen until the ice on it melts. Look at its face. What do you think it is thinking? Write out a story about this frog who is waiting for the ice to melt so it can begin its day. What is it wanting to do? What story is it telling? Go wild. Let your imagination go uncensored.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

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