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August 21, 2019

First sentence.

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KODAK Digital Still Camera Take the first sentence of your favorite book and write a flash fiction piece, 350 words or less. You can use this sentence as the first sentence of your piece or the last sentence. Write in depth. Remember we addressed, in a previous blog, using the five senses. Make the reader ride with you through the story.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

 

March 18, 2019

Love Story

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Budgerigar What is your favorite love story? Perhaps you have one of your own you keep secret in your heart. Describe the people or characters. Who are they? What are they like? Were you glad they fell in love? Why? Describe most how this story opened your heart.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

October 18, 2018

Rainy Day

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Smiling Boy Watching The Rain Outside At A Window You wake up expecting sunshine so you can meet a friend and have a picnic but instead you face a window dosed with rain soaking the ground. What do you do instead? How do you feel? Do you spend the day alone?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

October 11, 2018

Dialogue

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Boys Fishing Write the conversation these two young boys are having. When you write in a child’s voice, do not use words, phrases, or references adults use. What age are these boys? Let your pen have freedom to play with this assignment.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

October 4, 2018

Imagination

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bigstock-KOLKATA--FEB---rickshaw-dri-69446905.jpg Study this picture until you can feel something about it. Then, write the story. Remember to use the senses, where do you think this man lives, and what is he doing? Who is he posing for? Let your imagination go, it needs the exercise.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 9, 2018

Conversation

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bigstock-Budgerigar-63980074.jpgStudy the faces of these parakeets. They have wonderful expressions, subtle, but telling. Write a story about what these birds are saying to each other. Let your imagination go as far as it can.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

July 19, 2018

Imagine

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giraffes You go to the zoo and see this scene. What do you imagine the adult giraffes are thinking and feeling? Write a story about this interaction.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

July 14, 2018

Sky

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Blue Sky With A White Cloud In The Form Of Heart Write three different descriptions for the sky. For example, 1. designer sky, 2. understated sky, 3. cloudless sky.

Now choose one of your phrases and write a 350-word flash fiction around the phrase.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

May 10, 2018

FACE

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dormantfrog Don’t you love staring at faces? Take a minute to stare at this face. Write what you think is going on behind these eyes. This frog stays dormant until he defrosts.

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

http://www.JanMarquart.com

August 31, 2017

You’re in the Woods . . . .

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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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