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November 27, 2018

Exercise

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:36 pm

African Kids Playing On Swing In Neighborhood. Remember when exercise was merely play? As an adult we often cringe when we feel the need to get up and exercise. What if exercise meant play again? What would you do? How often would you do it? What would it feel like? How would it change your life? Write it in all its glorious details.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 26, 2018

View

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 2:38 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera What is one of your  favorite views? Describe it on paper as if you are trying to get the reader to be there, to smell it, to see the details, to feel the air. Write it all – leave nothing out.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 20, 2018

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:44 pm

Brimmed Hats When was the last time you sold items with your friends? Did you sell lemonade or have a yard sale? Did you sell Girl Scout Cookies or books? Write the kind of day it was. What was the weather? How many customers did you have? Did one customer stand out above the rest? Write all the details. Tell the story as if you are writing it for a child.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 19, 2018

Favorite character

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

Thinking Cute Kid Girl Looking. Instagram Effect Portrait Who is your favorite movie or book character? Describe the character in detail and write why this character won you over as your favorite? Did this character have qualities you envied? Did this character appeal to your vulnerability? What specifically was it about this character?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 16, 2018

Thanks

Filed under: memoir — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera If you had a bowl that you were to fill with thanks, what would be in it? Be specific. Include people, faith, hope, surprises, miracles, and whatever else goes along with your thankfulness.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

 

November 15, 2018

Outside

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:36 pm

African Kids Playing On Swing In Neighborhood. What was your favorite outside experience when you were a kid? Do you still like to do that activity now? Is it an activity you do alone or not? If not, who do you like to do it with? What were the smells, tastes, sounds of this experience? Write it all.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 14, 2018

Silence

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:46 pm

silence When was the last time you sat in pure silence? Write about it. Include the reason you were in silence. How did it feel? Where were you? How long did you sit in silence? How did your body feel? What were your thoughts? Write it all. Remember when you write to climb back inside the experience and tell it from an intimate point of view. Try not to tell it from a distance.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

November 13, 2018

Laugh

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 1:40 pm

bigstock-Happy-Teens-35243588 When was the last time you laughed — a real belly laugh? Who were you with? Where were you? What made you laugh? Write the scene in all its details. When you free-write, write fast and let all thoughts fall onto the page. If memories come up, add them. If distractions come up, add them.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

ww.JanMarquart.com

November 12, 2018

Walking into the Unknown

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

Kids with chef hats preparing the cake dough - mixing ingredient  Have you ever tried something new, something that took you into the unknown? It could be as simple as having a friend teach you how to put together the ingredients for banana bread, to spelunking, to hiking into the woods.

What was it like before the unknown was revealed? What did you feel? What did you expect? What were you afraid of? Where were you? Who were you with?

Tell it all.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

ww.JanMarquart.com

November 9, 2018

Kindness

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:43 pm

two brothers play in rain outdoorsHave you ever taken a friend out and helped him/her to laugh? Have you ever spent time with a friend who was feeling sad? Describe an act of kindness you gave you to someone. When you write, don’t be shy. Tell it all.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

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