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May 26, 2018

Summer Fun

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 12:56 pm

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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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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May 24, 2018

Embarrassing Moment

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:20 pm

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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May 23, 2018

Journal Writing

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:09 pm

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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May 22, 2018


Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:48 pm

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.

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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.

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May 20, 2018


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KODAK Digital Still Camera Write a story or non-fiction piece about what you would place in this bowl and why. Perhaps you bought this at a yard sale or inherited it from your grandmother. Be creative and let your mind wander.

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May 18, 2018


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littleoldladyAt what birthday do you see yourself saying this? And what do you hope you will be up to on that day?

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May 17, 2018


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

Kids with chef hats preparing the cake dough - mixing ingredient Continuing a theme I put on my other blog, yesterday, write out a list of activities you would love to do with your friends. Maybe Friday night you can have friends over to join together to make pasta, or perhaps everyone can bring a CD of their favorite music to listen to or some such activity that involves sharing and getting to know each other better.

Look at the month of June and designate a few times to bring people together. Write out your plan for what you would like to do and who you would like to invite. Writing out plans make them manifest. Just thinking about them is not enough.

The power of writing can be used in all situations.

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May 16, 2018


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

Child Waking Up Sleep can be sweet, especially when we are able to sleep deeply enough to dream. Write about a dream you had last night. What out the details you remember then focus on the feeling of the dream. In analysis, it is the emotion of the dream that counts. Dream details are simply symbols. If you didn’t dream, or you didn’t get enough sleep, why not?

Studies show that when you write before bedtime, for 20 minutes, for just 3-4 nights, you are more likely to have at least an hour more of good sleep a night.

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