About Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel, Writer Unleashed and the founder of Your Writing Mentor supports women to take pen in hand to unleash their story worth writing...to leverage their impact through their stories...reclaim their voices...to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start...and go from making dinner to making a difference. Contact her at mary (at) yourwritingmentor.com.

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Trick or treat?

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Trick or treat…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Trick or treat or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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What do you and I have in common with Barbara Walters?

Have you ever been moved to tears? Not just at a sad movie, or a sentimental greeting card verse. Really moved to tears because something touched you to your core.

I know what that’s like. It’s my sincere hope that you do too. Which brings me to the reason why I titled this blog, “What you and I have in common with Barbara Walters.”

Why in the world would I have the nerve to compare myself to Barbara Walters? Or suggest that you had something in common with her as well? Remember when she did those interviews with celebrities and famous people? They often found themselves brought to tears because Ms. Walters asked such probing questions. In responding to the questions, the folks being interviewed went deep and it seemed were almost compelled to share details about themselves they hadn’t looked at for a long time. She had an uncanny ability to ask the questions the public would most like to hear.

Now, you may never have thought of yourself as a journalist, however, in going deep to unleash your story worth writing, you are a journalist. A “journalist” in the sense of writing in a journal.

Is there something going on in your life right now you need answers to? Or, something from your past that won’t let your thoughts rest. And, of course, the possibility that something could happen keeps you anxious. Getting in touch with your emotions on paper is a solution anyone can make use of.

Yes, I believe writing can do that for you. Asking yourself probing questions and writing about it in your journal will assist you in going deeper with what is going on in your life right now, coping with what has happened to you in the past, and making a plan as to how you will move forward into the future you want to have

Oh, and I’m very happy when those around me cry. As a matter of fact, I’m often the first person to cry. I’ve decided it’s my thing. I take it as a sign that another layer in the story has been unleashed.

Want to have conversation about tears and the layers of your story? Let’s connect!

 

 

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] October memories

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October memories…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – October memories or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Invitation: Exclusive Creative Resource for Entrepreneurs

 Writers Mindset for Entrepreneurs –

An Exclusive Creative Resource for Entrepreneurs

facilitated by Petalyn Albert and Mary E. Knippel

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Space is limited in this intimate art gallery setting. Grab your seat today! 

Register now for this juicy, inspiration-filled and information-packed day.

Fast Action BONUS! register by Oct. 12, you will be rewarded with a VIP consultation hour with Mary to polish your words so that they sparkle and shine!
 If you have ever felt like the writer shown here, this is for you!

Come learn how to prime yourself for your next writing project by learning not only writing techniques, also critical thinking and mindset techniques to empower you in your business in a beautiful intimate setting on the San Mateo Coastside.

As an Entrepreneur, you wear many hats in business. Your success in business begins with the right mindset. It takes time and experience to be able to get to the right mindset. It is not something that you can force. You can, however, make tremendous stride with motivation and commitment. Your motivation and commitment to the reason WHY you are in business in the first place and the key to your success. Developing critical decision making skills and tapping into your inner writer is a big part of being a success in business. During this highly focused and motivational day you receive tools and techniques to support you in not only making necessary day-to-day decisions, but the in making powerful decisions to move your business forward and to craft a compelling message so that the clients who Need YOU are more readily able to Find YOU!

In the morning (9-noon)  Petalyn Albert, founder of the NLP Advantage, who works with men and women striving to be at the top of their field, will address how we can change our mindset to get on with what’s next in our life free of doubt

In the afternoon session (1-4) Mary E. Knippel, your writing mentor, will help you unleash the your entrepreneurial story so that you can shine in your business and your life.

Space is limited in this intimate art gallery setting! Grab your seat for this deep dive into uncovering what is holding you bakc and embracing mindset tools to unleash your message and the impact you are meant to have out into the world!
 
Fast Action BONUS! Decision makers are leaders who take fast action and when you register by Oct. 12, you will be rewarded with a VIP consultation hour with Mary to polish your words so that they sparkle and shine!
 
Are you ready? Yes! See you at Writers Mindset for Entrepreneurs!

Space is limited in this intimate art gallery setting. Grab your seat today! 

Register now for this juicy, inspiration-filled and information-packed day.

Join us and start your journey today…be inspired, reclaim your voice, rewrite your story and discover your powerful self!

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Lovin the state I’m in

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Lovin the state I’m in…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Lovin the state I’m in or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Extraordinary Ordinary Days…

fall leaves 2Did you know October* is filled with opportunities to educate, inspire and inform yourself?

My purpose in pointing this out to you is two-fold. (1) if you ever crash about wondering what on earth you are going to write about on your blog…start with a comment about the monthly “celebration,” and (2) my demonstration on how to take that monthly designation as a link between general information and your personal story.

 

Bake and Decorate Month, Natl General:  Here we are on the eve of the Holiday Season with it soon to be Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Plenty of stories about dressing up, favorite treats, holiday traditions, and making plans for new beginnings. Personal:  Baking is a very important part of the holidays for me. My family especially looks forward to Grandma’s Yucky (yes, Yucky) sugar cookies. You’ll have to tune in to another blog to find out why they are called Yucky.) 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Natl General:  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Personal:  I have come to view my two breast cancer episodes as gifts because they have brought me clarity about how precious life is and there is no time to delay in living a life unleashed! 
Care Care Month General:  Cars…American pastime for young and old…what to buy, how they drive and how to take care of them. Personal:  My first car was a hand-me-down Baby Blue Chevy from my brother who was going into the Army. I felt very fortunate to have it because it was an automatic…a true blessing. Everything else on the farm was a stick shift!  

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 General:  If you could designate a month, what would it be? Why did you choose this subject to have a special month? Why is it significant to you? What’s your story about this month?

 

 

More special designations that you could write about something different every day of the month…

  • Church Library Month
  • Critical illness Awareness Month, Natl
  • Depression Education and Awareness Month, Natl
  • Dental Hygiene Month, Natl
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Field Trip Month, Natl
  • Gay and Lesbian History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Liver Awareness Month, Natl
  • Menopause Month, World
  • Organize Your Medical Information Month,
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Physical Therapy Month, Natl
  • Popcorn Poppin’ Month, Natl
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Reading Group Month, Natl
  • Right-Brainers Rule Month
  • Roller Skating Month, Natl
  • Squirrel Awareness and Appreciation Month
  • Stamp Collecting Month, Natl
  • Stop Bullying Month
  • Women Walking in Their Own Shoes Month
  • Work and Family Month, Natl

*Calendar designations courtesy of National Day Calendar Days

A Birthday Gift for YOU!

birthday cakeIt’s my birthday and I’m handing out something sweet! Yes, you get a gift to help me celebrate me.

Sharing your message is as important to me as it is to you, so I’m making it easier for you to participate in my Six-Week Unleash Your Fame & Fortune Intro Blog Series. This is a self-study course I designed to introduce you to how to access your inner wisdom and create content to connect with who needs to find you.

We’re talking about building relationships through conversation on social media, your blog and your website. Connect with Fans, Followers and Potential Clients!


 


$47

Birthday Special

($97 Value)

 

Six-Week

Self-Study

Course

Discover your untapped resources…you already have the information you need to share with readers to transform them into clients and customers.

Learn:

  • simple and easy techniques to get your message out
  • how to establish yourself as an expert in your field on-line
  • the secret to building relationships on-line and clients and customers by being yourself

No previous writing experience necessary – nor do you need a blog to participate!

As a business owner, you know writing about business is critical for your business…articles, blogs, e-mail, social media, website copy, books/e-books, professional materials and more…

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This class if for you if you are…

  • eager to establish your expertise in your field
    • compelled to share your message and have an impact on the world
      • longing to create/launch something new in the marketplace

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This six-week series is not for you if you want to:

  • continue stressing about what to write in a blog or on social media and convinced no one would want to read it anyway
  • remain the best kept secret in your field
  • stay with what you know and not learn anything new

 

Start unleashing your story today! Work at your pace! Grab this special opportunity for only $47




 


This is a review, or rather a metaphor for what Mary Knippel really does. Mary is like a Master Baker of writing. She knows how to mix, knead and “let rise” the letters, blogs and journals that are in my mind. I have the ingredients; the ideas, feelings, and mental images and with Mary’s help, I can write those blogs that everyone will want to savor. Like a fine chef, she will help you knead your thoughts and shape your words until you can put them on paper. Then she will help you fine tune those words so your thoughts can be presented like a masterpiece. Great words served with a side of Mary. —Carol Gillum, CG Kitchen & Bath Designs

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Today I choose to change…

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Today I choose to change…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Today I choose to change or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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In Celebration of Dreams…

Cinderella tells her little forest friends…

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep…have faith…keep believing so that wish will come true.

In celebration of World Dreams Day, I encourage us all to express the wish your heart makes out loud.

Extend a hand to reach for that dream!

Take time to let your mind wander in a daydream as you gaze into the clouds. Take a nap in the summer sun while you are digging your toes into the sand or the lake mud as the case may be. Give yourself permission to wish out loud for what is buried deep in your heart.

What are you guarding because it is too precious to you?

Are you afraid if you reach for your dream and express your heart’s desire out loud that you will be smacked with so much disapproval and skepticism your dream will die before it has a chance to take root and grow strong? 

Sorry to be the one to tell you this…yes, there will be those who disapprove of your dreams.

There will be those who don’t think you are up to the task.

Ignore them!

Do it anyway!

It’s your dream and no one decides what your dream is except YOU! I had dreams of being a journalist and never gave up. I may not have sat behind an anchor desk, or reported from a war zone, but I am a journalist telling real people’s stories. That’s journalism too. I rewrote my story to achieve my dream.

A word of caution…choose your support system wisely and share details of your dreams with those who will help you achieve your goals. If they are not physically in your life right now, write a letter to the Universe asking for what you need. Describe your Tribe and how they can support you.

More importantly, start being your own support system this very minute. Choose one small thing you will do today to make your dream come true…and do it!

Reach for the stars! Reach out to find those sympathetic souls who will be the wind beneath your wings. 

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I wish…

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I wish…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I wish or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Unleash Your Gutsy Self!

     
  Unleash Your Gutsy Self! Workshop

Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 

Pat’s workshop:  9 a.m. – 12:00 ($77)

Mary’s workshop:  2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ($77)

Full Day* $134

Foster City, CA  

 

Treat yourself for the day by getting out and going inward to find your bigger game and your voice through playing on The Bigger Game Board and spending time discovering or renewing your confidence to accomplish your goals.

In the morning Pat Obuchowski, credentialed leadership development coach at inVisionaria, and author of Gutsy Women Win: How to Get Gutsy and Get Going will lead a highly interactive workshop called The Bigger Game™.  The Bigger Game is the model Pat describes in her latest book. You may have read it, but now is the time to experience it and spend some time on the game board.

Upon completion of the workshop, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the interplay of The Bigger Game Board
  • Know where you are on the Board
  • Begin to understand how the board is a tool for increasing your innovation, creativity, and success
  • Begin to explore your personal HUNGER and learn how to feed it
  • Declare one BOLD Action that is not ‘business as usual.”

The goal of Mary’s presentation is to inspire, inform, delight and empower you. She intends to help you recognize and take ownership of your true purpose message and your voice and to assert the power you possess in your unique story.

You will learn to:

  • Unleash your authentic voice
  • Own your gifts
  • Share your wisdom
  • Transform your readers into clients
  • Rewrite the stories holding you back

The problem is that so many of us feel that we are not enough, that we are not seen and not heard. This workshop will help you speak up so that you can shine in your business and your life.

She will talk about claiming your voice… both physically and on the page and about the vital role language plays in business and day-to-day life. Writing is a powerful tool that enables us to connect with your readers, of course, and just as importantly to communicate with yourself.

 

Register now for this juicy, inspiration-filled and information-packed day.

Join us and start your journey today…be inspired, reclaim your voice, rewrite your story and discover your powerful, gutsy self!

Special offer

I wanted to thank you for your support and for being a part of my community by gifting you with a copy to the first 10 people who respond with an answer to the following question –

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Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE”? 

I know why I chose to be a part of it. I wanted to join with other women’s voices to share how we have faced diversity and rewritten our stories. This transformational anthology includes over 25 powerful authors who share their personal stories to help YOU Bloom and SHINE in your life.

I got to learn about some amazing people and how they have overcome challenges to thrive and live their purpose.
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We are making this powerful anthology available for only $1 during the first 48-72 hours of the book’s release on Amazon! (Please note, after that it will go back up to its normal price.) Because I value you and am honored to have you as part of my community, I wanted to make sure you knew about this as soon as we were able to share the links so that you can lean in and enjoy this powerful book and we would be so honored if you would share it out with your friends too that might be interested in it. 

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