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] Before summer ends…

 

notebook and penBefore summer ends…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. Use 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. However, I believe the pen in hand allows for a stronger connection to hear what your subconscious has to say. Whatever your choice, during this time release your inhibitions 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 you can accomplish in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt –  Before summer ends...
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. In this timed writing exercise, you may choose whatever amount of time you want to spend writing, and set the timer (on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove) then just write without any distraction from watching the clock.. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your fingers moving and enjoy the process of taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. During this timed writing exercise, give yourself permission to explore and experiment.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I can’t wait to…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image13221972I can’t wait to…

Friday five-minute writing prompt.

Right this minute, without hesitation or careful consideration, write for five minutes about the first thing that pops into your head after you read the phrase:  I can’t wait to...

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I can’t wait 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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. 

Let the words flow!

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Summer bliss…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image13221972Summer bliss…

Friday five-minute writing prompt.

Right this minute, without hesitation or careful consideration, write for five minutes about the first thing that pops into your head after you read the phrase:  Summer bliss...

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Summer bliss…
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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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. 

Let the words flow!

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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Sip summer…

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Are you ready to sit back and sip summer? We’re heading into steamy temps with the 4th of July fast approaching. I can’t imagine a summer celebration without tart lemonade and sweet watermelon.

Will you be making the cool drinks, or ordering them from room service?

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] End of summer means…

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Five-Minute Writing Prompt from Mary E. Knippel, author

End of summer means…

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – End of summer means... 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Summer escape plan…

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Summer escape plan…

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Summer escape plan ... 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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.

Still want to do this summer…

Friday five-minute writing prompt – still want to do this summer.

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – still want to do this summer 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

My perfect summer day

Your Friday five-minute writing prompt is to write about – My perfect summer day…

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – my perfect summer dayor 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

Get your feet wet!

Welcome summer by diving in, or at least get your feet wet! Head to the beach and feel the sand between your toes.Not close to the beach? Head to a lake, or park with a stream. (No, a pedicure is not the same thing, but I do encourage them as an important part of self-care!)

Growing up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, there was always water around. Living in Colorado, the mountain streams were beautiful and very, very cold when you dipped your toes in! Not close to a lake? Head to the pool and splash around. Or, what about a park?

How about a fountain? Could you find a water feature somewhere and just slip your sandals off? I don’t want to encourage public disobedience, but if the situation presents itself… let your child come out an play in the water for a little bit. We visited a big amusement park and in between the sidewalks a series of small fountains erupted periodically. To many children’s delight, and the great surprise of many parents, some of the fountains got passers by wet. The children took this as permission to run through the water, treating them as giant sprinklers. The adults had not planned on a water park day and were not amused.

You decide how and when to get your feet wet…just give yourself permission to do so soon. Feel the grit of the sand as you walk along the beach. Or dig your heels into the mud of the lake shore. Enjoy the fountain raining down on your feet.

Sip summer – Coaxing Cretivity Tuesday Tip June 28, 2011

Summertime image from Dreamstime

Are you ready to sit back and sip summer? We’re heading into steamy temps with the 4th of July fast appraoching. I can’t imagine a summer celebration without tart lemonade and sweet watermelon.

Will you be making the cool drinks, or ordering them from room service?

Family picnic – does it create havoc or conjure sweet memories?

Summer is a favorite time of year for families to gather for reunions and as a child I remember attending the annual Underwood picnic in Blooming Prairie. Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and various friends who became adopted family gathered in the church basement to trade stories and eat a covered dish lunch. The church basement was always clammy with the humid summer air even when you stood in front of the one oscillating fan in the place. Little kids with red Kool-Aid lips gave grandmas and great aunties big sticky kisses at the urging of laughing mothers.

One of my favorite stories from those picnics was about Kool-Aid. My Aunt Betty was my godmother and I loved her dearly. She was in charge of making the “punch” for the crowd who would not be drinking the gallons of thick, dark coffee she was so fond of. She filled the huge 5-gallon picnic thermos with water and poured in two whole packets of the mix and stirred until it had a pale orange tinge. She then invited us kids to have a taste. She was so pleased with herself and thought she was giving us some magic elixir. But it tasted like…like…well, water. She’d forgotten to put in sugar and

Aunt Betty, Little Mary and Uncle Dick

Aunt Betty, Little Mary and Uncle Dick

didn’t put in enough of the flavor packets. But it did us no good to say it needed sugar, there was no sugar to put in! They remembered the cream for the coffee, but no one used sugar.  That was before the days of sugar substitutes so no Equal or Splenda either.  Obviously, we survived and can laugh about it now – the year we had colored water at the picnic!

 

 

 

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