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August 24, 2018

Storms

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 12:50 pm

Smiling Boy Watching The Rain Outside At A WindowWhat storms have you witnessed? Where were you? What happened? Write all the details.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 23, 2018

Vision

Filed under: writing techniques — freethepen @ 1:33 pm

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait What is your vision for your future? It might be a vision for tomorrow, next year or 30 years from now? Write it out in full detail. Study it. Make a collage of it and stare at it daily. But first, write it clearly.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 22, 2018

First Date

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 2:09 pm

What was your first date like with your first love? Oh, do tell all.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 21, 2018

Best Book

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:45 pm

babywithbook What was the best book you ever had as a child? Was it a gift from an aunt, uncle, friend? How often did you read it? Do you still have it? Tell about it. Why was it your favorite?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 20, 2018

Unplug

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 3:16 pm

annelamott How do you unplug? What does this do for you? Why does this work for you? Don’t leave out any details. Include a metaphor.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

 

August 18, 2018

Write

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:07 pm

a writer Why don’t you write? What gets in your way? What don’t you want to write? What are you afraid of? Or, do you write every day? What allows you to do that?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 17, 2018

Blue Lady

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:22 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera What does this Matisse embolden in you? Write it out in all its depth.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 16, 2018

Write!

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 3:44 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera What is on your mind right now, in this moment? Capture it. Write it and keep going until you have nothing more to say.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 15, 2018

Remembering

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

Me and Dad 1987

Today I remember my dad. I still miss him so much. I remember when he:

  • took me out for pistachio ice cream
  • carried me over the hot sand until we reached the ocean’s waves
  • drove me to teen parties 30 minutes away then returned to pick me up at midnight in the snow
  • went to the German bakery early on Sunday mornings to buy hot rolls for breakfast and remembered to buy me a tiny cherry pie because it was my favorite
  • spent evenings watching cowboy TV shows together
  • went out on cold nights and returned with a bag of hot chestnuts
  • taught me how to ride a bike
  • picked me up from the airport when I came home from college, even though my mother was angry at him for doing it — my mother did not want me to go to college — she wanted me in Brooklyn having babies
  • taught me how to swim and so much more. . .

Thanks Dad.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

 

August 14, 2018

Summer Tan

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:55 pm

Brother And Sister At Beach Making Sand Castles How fair is your skin? Do you tan? What kind of tan do you get? Write about an experience you had getting or trying to prevent getting a tan.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

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