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] I know the meaning of…


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I know the meaning of…

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 know the meaning of 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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Make a Difference to Children

excited little girl

Let’s celebrate “National Make a Difference to Children Month” with a twist. I propose honoring your inner child as well as the children in your life!

Whether you have children, are an empty nester, a childcare provider, or simply appreciate there are children in the world, we were all children at some point. It’s not too late to nurture, mentor, and make a difference in the life of your inner child.

What did you long to do as a child that you never seem to have the time or energy to pursue anymore?

Did you…

  • create concoctions in the kitchen?
  • splash in the ocean?
  • peddle madly on your bike?
  • explore never-ending trail?
  • get lost in a great story?

Did I not mention your favorite?

You can still do all of those things…and more!

Don’t think it’s important to spend time with your inner child? As much as you want to always seem like you have it all together, sometimes you just have to vent, throw a tantrum and lose control. And that’s OK. It’s, do I dare say it…normal? Even necessary. She needs to be nurtured. She deserves to have attention lavished upon her. Show her some love!

When I was growing up, my mother used to can vegetables in a pressure cooker. I can’t tell you the scientific version of what went on. I can only tell you there was a lot of bubbling and hissing during the process. The pot worked magic by releasing steam. Give yourself permission to indulge your inner child to have that bit of grace make a difference in your life.She needs to be nurtured. She deserves to have attention lavished upon her.

Also, Kim Ratz, the founder of “National Make a Difference Month” provides 100 ideas or ways to make a difference in a child’s life.

And because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to encourage reading, check out this post “5 Ways to be a Reading Role Model” from Scholastic.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m inspired to


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I’m inspired to…

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’m inspired to 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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Summer in action…

Writer Unleashed Sweet summer solutions

Here we are in those lazy, hazy days of summer. Or are they? Is this the time of year where you suddenly realize in a panic that…

a.  six months have already gone by and you haven’t accomplished any of your New Year’s Resolutions?

or

b.  Wow! Look at how much has already happened this year and all the progress that has been realized on reaching your dream?

or

You are in a dizzy because there has been so much compromise and punting going on since the beginning of the year that you don’t recognize what your dream is supposed to look like any longer. The good news is today is a brand new day and there’s a still lot of the year left. 

Summer offers us opportunities to slow down and explore new options if the first half of the year has not presented the outcomes we had anticipated.  Maybe you can sign up for that Independent Study course, or check out that video series to learn a new skill. Perhaps you can take a trip to see a museum exhibit in preparation for travel to foreign shores at some future date. Whatever tasks, goals or dreams outlined on your Bucket List, there is a way to achieve them.

Take the time now to make a plan. Grab your journal and start writing! Go sit under a tree…heck…go sit in a tree, or on the beach…in the water…anywhere you want…just write it down!

Use the lazy, hazy summer days to dream, doodle and develop all the details involved in your step-by-step instruction guide to making that dream a reality! 

Do some research…start practicing…by all means get out there and start doing!

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Time to perfect my…


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Time to perfect my…

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 – Time to perfect my 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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Your secret sauce for independence

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Mary E. Knippel, Writer Unleashed

Independence…ability to act freely, self-confidence, spunk, outspoken, or boldness.

Do any of those descriptions ring a bell for you?

No?

Well, it’s time that they did!

 Let freedom ring!

Your day of reckoning doesn’t have to come with a revolution. It can come quietly as you take a stand for yourself today by turning right instead of left on your walk today, choose something more exotic than vanilla or chocolate to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month, prepare fish instead of hamburger for dinner, wear red (or a flattering version of a festive hue) instead of that customary (read safe) shade of beige, read a whole article, or chapter, instead of watching that sit-com summer rerun on TV.

Where on that face do you see evidence of anyone who had the ability to be outspoken…let alone bold?

That child only wanted to please and for quite a while, that was the story of the woman she grew up to be. However, circumstances forced her to see the consequences of always pleasing others at the expense of her own well-being. 

That little girl could be your daughter, your mother, your aunt, your niece, your cousin, your best friend, your co-worker…it could be YOU! 

Choose you…speak up for yourself!

You don’t have to wait until you have a health crisis to take care of yourself.

Rewrite your story!

You can choose to put yourself on that To Do List…be outspoken and buy that summer novel for yourself, then boldly read it in a bubble bath tonight, show some spunk and schedule a massage before you desperately need it and claim the freedom to take care of yourself.

By the way, taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you’ll stop doing what comes naturally to you…taking care of your loved ones…it only means you have demonstrated your ability to act freely and choose to include yourself among those whom you nurture, love and support. 

Hop over to my Facebook page and let me know what independence looks like for you.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m free to choose

travel writingI’m free to choose…

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’m free to choose 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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The story you are not telling…

It’s Effective Communications Month and I’m just wondering about the story you are not telling. You know what I’m talking about. You have a longing to open up about a situation or a cause that is close to your heart, yet you hesitate. Do you feel that you are at the end of your rope trying to figure out sharing your story? I understand and know exactly how you feel because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to wonder if I’ll be judged because I decide that the time has come for me to take a stand and speak up. I know that vulnerable feeling of waiting for the repercussions after my story is told and out there for the world to accept, digest, reject and dissect.

It’s scary to put yourself out there. But you don’t have to do it alone. I know I’m not really doing it alone.  

I have been honing my skills for years; sharing my stories and supporting my clients in sharing their stories. I have the support of my own inner wisdom along with the expert guidance of coaches, colleagues and, of course, my clients, who are my greatest teachers. 

Isn’t it about time to share the story you are not telling?

If you are ready to start sharing your message and have been thinking it’s time to have a website, want more information about starting a blog, or you are an author and wonder how to go about having a website focused on the business of books, I’d like you to grab your seat for two upcoming classes:

The Author Website:  Building a Site That Works  

Yes, authors need websites! Come learn the do’s and don’ts of how to engage audiences, along with how to build a following and keep them coming back for more.

WordPress Bootcamp:  Creating a WordPress Website and How to Use It

The basics of creating a website along with the care and feeding of a blog! Learn the do’s and don’ts the WordPress platform and simple steps to be visible on the world wide web.

Classes will be held at Mechanics Institute in San Francisco on Saturday, July 29. (Author class is from 10-11:30 a.m. and WordPress Bootcamp is 1-5 p.m.) both classes will be taught by a dear friend and also my WebGuru Linda Lee who has asked me to be her assistant for these courses. 

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] It’s summer so I…

travel writingIt’s summer so I…

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 – It’s summer so I 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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Your words impact the world

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-group-women-friends-chatting-image29061124Building a relationship on line involves speaking in your own words and sharing quality content. 

What the heck does that mean?

Sometimes we hear an instruction like the one above, and we think…that just doesn’t make any sense, or how in the world does an ordinary person like me find the words to write quality content on my blog?

 Well, I’ll tell you a little secret.

I’m using my words right now and sharing information and inspiration. My writing style is conversational – just like my speaking style. By writing about something that has been a challenge for you and offering a suggestion and or solution to your dilemma, I am providing quality content. 

What I think happens to so many entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by all the details of their business. 

Do you feel you have to wear roller skates to keep up?

Writing is a necessary and vital component of your business, but somewhere in the past, you may have been told that you couldn’t write. So now, you are hesitant, reluctant, or even afraid of writing about your passion. And that’s what writing about your business is. You are sharing your passion with readers in order to help them understand why you are doing what you do and feel the way you feel. Not rocket science. Definitely something everyone is equipped to do once you relax and allow the words to come.

Okay,  I hear you thinking…”that’s easy for you to say,” I can energetically feel your resistance.

But think about this…what if because you expressed yourself, your thoughts and dreams, your challenges and solutions…someone else felt heard, you validated their thoughts, they felt someone else understood them, and as a consequence, they didn’t feel so alone.

What if you had an impact on someone else’s life because you expressed your thoughts?

 

Regardless of what has happened in the past, you are a successful business owner who is in charge of all the elements of your business…including writing your blog!

No really, you are already an author. Now, it is a matter of moving the words from your head to the screen/paper and sharing them with your readers.

As far as the content goes, you already have that in your head because just about anything that interests you will interest the people who are looking to connect with you. Yes, that’s right…talk about- 

  • how you searched for just the right picture to go on your invitation announcing your new product
  • how proud you are of the Little League team you sponsor
  • the trip you just took to wine country (it’s important to have down time and get recharged)
  • the fundraiser for your child’s school (volunteering is an important part of your life)
  • what is going on in your industry

…in other words, talk about your life and your business.

You can impact the world…build a relationship by having a conversation in your own words...share interesting and informative material about your life, which, of course, includes your business.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Ob la di ob la da life goes on…

travel writingOb la di ob la da life goes on…

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 – Ob la di ob la da life goes on… 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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Build and rebuild your life…

DSC03094Have you ever built anything?

Whether it was a birdhouse for Scouts or Shop class…or a million dollar mansion at the beach, you went through the emotional ups and downs of frustration and joy. The frustration that things were not turning out exactly the way you wanted them to turn out. The wood was too knotty and the paint was too dark. The appliances didn’t fit where you wanted to position them because the wrong measurements were taken. You pictured it so perfectly, but nothing seemed to be going exactly the way you planned.

Have you ever felt your life isn’t turning out exactly the way you planned? 

crying little girl

June is Rebuild Your Life Month. Take a minute to focus on what your life would look like a year from now if you rebuilt it starting today.

Have you been thinking about going back to school to finish your degree, or learn a new facet of your profession? Now would be a good time start reading up on what you need to do…get an application, find out what the requirements are, research grants or funding options.

Have you been longing to take a trip? Go to the library – yes, get out of the house and explore the pages of the travel section.  Take out some of the maps, spread them out, and let your fingers explore the route you would take.

Just as you wouldn’t go on a trip without a map, rebuilding your life means creating a plan of action to achieve your goals. The house was built with a firm foundation and the fundamentals.

Your rebuilding may be the result of a life change of your own choosing (or not), but you have a firm foundation to start from.

Your core is strong.

excited little girl

You are determined to become the woman you are meant to be.

The house did get built and it is wonderful. Either the birds are enjoying their new home, or you are. Either way, after adjusting your attitude and recognizing the beauty in the finished product…despite the flaw of not being exactly what you had imagined…now you see that it is even better. 

The end result is joy! Joy that you have something perfectly wonderful…although somewhat different than what you first had in mind.   

The house was not built overnight and you won’t rebuild your life quickly either. What you can do is change your attitude and make up your mind that you are already living your best life because you are here now!

The rest is all in the details.

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