[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] My heart wants me to know

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My heart wants me to know…

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 – My heart wants me to know… 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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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Wondering about…

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Wondering about…

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 – Wondering about… 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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Ready…Aim…Unleash Your Story!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10494661Take aim at the target…the target of the stories that make up your legacy!

 

Stories of:

  • inspiration
  • hope
  • purpose
  • family
  • relationships
  • community

When you look in the mirror, do you smile back at what you see reflected? When your work is praised? When your compassion is recognized? Taking aim at your legacy happens with every decision you make towards your goals, interacting with friends and family, deciding what to have for dinner…even in the line at the grocery store when you are purchasing the ingredients for dinner.

What are you taking aim these days? Or is life winning the battle with challenges, complications and those persistent inconsistencies which throw a monkey wrench into your well-plotted plans?

I won’t pretend that I know how you can use a bow and arrow to take aim at your story, but I do know that writing your story can help you unleash your legacy.

Do you struggle with what you want to say when you sit down to write?

I think an exciting part of writing is that it is a direct line to building a relationship with the world at large in a way not many other things can.

Your story so far does not have to dictate where you go from here. Take time for yourself…even five minutes uninterrupted…will help you find clarity about how you can focus on finding yourself again. Taking time for you and only you.

When my daughter was a toddler, I took a week-long writing workshop. It was the first time I’d gone away to really work on my writing (although I’d been keeping a journal since I was an 11-year-old hiding my spiral bound notebook from my brother) and had a degree in Mass Communication. Our teacher greeted us at the door with a 3-ring binder and told us that we were all writing a book. That statement put me in such a state of panic and I almost bolted from the campus. Almost is the operative word. My determination to write pushed me to stay more than my panic wanted me to run.

Sharing our passion and beliefs exposes our vulnerability, deepens our authenticity, our transparency, and builds trust with everyone we encounter. I found my voice through my two breast cancer experiences. It made me passionate about encouraging everyone not to wait until you have a health crisis to practice self-care. I learned to self-validate and to take loving action on my own behalf for my highest good.

If we pay attention, sometimes the stories we are supposed to write find us instead of the other way around. First, you have to show up at the page!

Hop over to my Facebook page to share how you are showing up on the page!

 

 

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Thank you!

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Thank you!

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 – Thank you! 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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Break Free of Haunting Phantoms

haunts you-No trick! Halloween this week makes light of ghosts and spooky things going bump in the night…childish good fun…and then again…another day in your life if you find it difficult to escape nagging and unpleasant thoughts from your inner meanie, inner critic, or your doubter.

You want someone to wave a magic wand and make those haunting thoughts disappear…sweep them away from your consciousness and go on with life’s original programming…not so easy. Or is it? 

What if I told you that you do have a magic wand?

You can treat yourself to another perspective and change the story running in your head. Yes, and you can sweep haunting thoughts away for yourself. 

Think you know where I’m going with this? If you’ve already started reaching for your journal and pen then you’ve guessed it!

Your pen has magic powers – it is a wand to help you drive the inner doubter out of your head and create a new reality.

Sometimes writing about what’s bothering you may be the last thing you want to do, but the physical act of grasping the pen, moving your hand across the page, and forming the letters to create words, helps you assume power and control over a situation in which you previously felt powerless. 

Writing can help neutralize those haunting thoughts…  

Writing it down is not a magic bullet…where you do it once and every doubt you have ever had will be wiped away. But when used consistently, you can develop an understanding of where these doubts are coming from, why they haunt you, formulate a strategy to defuse or deflect their phantom power and relegate them to your past instead of impacting your present, and be free to have the glorious future you deserve. 

I find myself creatively energized by a routine of starting my day with at least 15-minutes of writing in my journal…taking dictation from my soul. I start my day curled up in bed with my journal, purple ink flowing out of my fountain pen and tea tray close by.

If you want to improve your perspective on life and clarify issues, I strongly suggest that you start writing in a journal. 

  1. Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment…describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships.
  2. For five to ten minutes just start writing in a “stream of consciousness.” Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  3. Dialogue with your inner child by writing in your subdominant hand and answer with your dominant hand.
  4. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by maintaining a daily list of things you appreciate in your life, including uplifting quotes.
  5. Maintain a log of successes…all successes the big ones:  new jobs, promotion, graduation, awards. Write down small successes: rebate checks, no cavities, all the socks from the dryer match.
  6. Start a playlist of your favorite songs and the moods they evoke when you hear a song that triggers a strong memory.
  7. Write about something you are struggling within the third person to give you a new perspective.

Override that automatic response when the haunting thoughts hijack your emotions…write it down and allow the healing to begin.

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Easily find inspiration to write your story

Do you have  a hard time getting started writing? I’ll tell you a secret that anyone can use to jump start your writing…take a look at the headlines on the front page of the newspaper, the cover of popular magazines, what’s trending on Facebook, or any news program. Your subject matter is in that headline, on the magazine cover, or blinking from your screen. I guarantee that there is something that grabs your interest and begs your attention. Something that makes you want to shake your head in disbelief, shed a tear in dismay, or cry out in pain. And wouldn’t you like to have a discussion with someone about your observation? Or, voice your opinion on the current state of affairs?

I’ll give you an example. Unless you live under a rock, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a timely subject you could blog about. Why would you write about breast cancer? One-in-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. If you are that one-in-eight woman, then you could write about how you are not a statistic, you are a unique individual with hopes, dreams and a successful business. If you know someone who is that one-in-eight, then you can talk about how that someone (family member, co-worker, or friend) has persevered, coped and confronted an incredible challenge. How they have shown you by being a living example of how precious life is and you have to live every minute. Commenting on whatever you experience has been shows that you are aware of the community and the world around you. Breast cancer has touched you in some way and affected how you live your life because of that experience.

In my case, I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. I’m passionate about encouraging everyone I encounter not to wait until they have a health crisis to take care of themselves. I am not a statistic. I am an individual, unique, and amazingly talented. Breast cancer is part of my story, but it is not my whole story. I’ve changed my story to be visible with my gifts. And I help others realize their ability to share their story which is why I founded Your Writing Mentor and why I am adamant about the fact I feel everyone is a writer, reluctant they may be, and has an incredible story to tell which only they can tell…their own!

[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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[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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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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