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August 31, 2017

You’re in the Woods . . . .

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:55 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera You’re in the woods and you see this marvelous tree. It calls out to you. What is it saying?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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August 25, 2017

Light

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:50 pm

girl opening curtains in a bedroom Get your creative cap on. Write a flash fiction (250-750 words) about the power of light.

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Jan

August 14, 2017

Flowers

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:59 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera A woman walks into her kitchen and notices a vase of flowers on the counter. The only one who has a spare key is her ex, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. She never changed the locks on her door when they broke up. There was no need. He was a good guy. All this time and not a word from him. Now she wonders. Could he have put the flowers on her counter? If not him, then who?

What does this scenario create in your mind? Who is this woman? Who was her ex? What might be going on? What other scenarios could be in motion here?

Write a 1500 word story about this scene? Who is the real character? The woman? The ex? The flowers?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

July 23, 2017

Tie, High Heels, Purse

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 1:02 pm

KODAK Digital Still Camera I like to take three unrelated items and fit them into a story. So take the items, tie, high heels, and purse and write them into a story. Write in detail. Give colors, who is wearing these items, why people are wearing these items. Set your timer and write for 20 minutes without stopping. Let your mind get used to running wild with imagination. Have fun!

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Jan

July 8, 2017

It was once said that . . .

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:18 pm

bigstock-Happy-Teens-35243588 You’re sitting around with your best friend making up stories. You start with, It was once said that …. Where do you go from there? Write out a story starting with those words. Keep writing. Let your imagination run wild. You never know where the pen will go if you just,

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Jan

June 24, 2017

I didn’t expect . . .

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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. . .

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Jan

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June 22, 2017

What he said was –

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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

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June 21, 2017

Fiction

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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

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May 30, 2017

Creative Non-Fiction

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:53 pm

jan pen ink for webCreative non-fiction is a short, self-contained, full story within itself. It has  a beginning, middle, and end. It’s word count is 250 – 750 words.

Write a creative non-fiction using the theme — what I wished I had said.

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Jan

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May 26, 2017

Wild Woman

Filed under: fiction — freethepen @ 2:47 pm

Print  Fields At The Rainbows End  Long Stem Red Rose  Create a flash fiction, 250 to 750 words, about a wild woman and include a heart, rainbow, and red rose. Now let your imagination go – don’t censor. Just write stream-of-consciousness style. You will surprise yourself with your own creativity.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

JanMarquart.com and CanYouFindMyLove.com

 

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