Writing Myths Monday #5

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. Let’s jump right in.

Writing Myth #5 – My first draft must be perfect. Wow, talk about pressure. I don’t know many things in life that I’ve done perfect the first time around, especially when it comes to writing. The goal of your first draft is to get the story from your brain to the page. I can almost guarantee that your first draft will be scary or even crap, but it’s crap you can work with. Many writers don’t feel like they are very good writers, but they are awesome re-writers.

So don’t beat yourself up. Get your story on to the paper or the computer. Then you can start working toward perfection.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe and good writing vibes into he universe.

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Writing Prompts May 29th

Happy Prompt Friday! It’s time to get your thinking caps on and get creative.

Today I have some interesting prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Remember prompts are a way to get your mind in shape for writing. Getting those creative muscles stretched and ready for action. Total bonus if a prompt turns into a totally awesome short story.

Here are the prompts for your writing pleasure.

  • You wake up in a puddle of your own sweat. Looking around you don’t recognize anything. All you know is you need to run. 
  • You’ve enrolled in a Boost Your Self-Esteem course. You’re partnered with a bubbly personal assistant who thinks everything is awful but she’s so perky about it.
  • Welcome everyone to Extraterrestrial Culture Day. We know it’s been a huge transition having the humans here.

Hope one of these prompts tickled your fancy and you’re off and writing. Until next time, be happy, stay safe and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , just for the fun of it.

Fun and Silly Days and Holidays June 1st – 7th

Welcome to Fun and Silly Days and Holidays for the week of June 1st – 7th. The month of June is Candy Month, Gay Pride Month and Rose Month plus multiple fun days during the month. So lets get going with this first week.

June 2nd – National Rocky Road Day celebrates the Rocky Road flavor in all its forms. The most popular form is rocky road ice cream. But what makes up this flavor. It is made up of milk chocolate, marshmallow and nuts. The rocky road flavor originated in Australia in 1853.

June 4th – Applesauce Cake Day Applesauce cakes have been popular since colonial times with a surge in popularity from 1900 – 1950’s. the basic ingredients are flour, sugar and applesauce, then add spices accordingly. I found a colonial recipe that I plan on trying. So fingers crossed.

June 4th – Hug Your Cat Day this is a fairly straight forward holiday. Hug your cat often today. Egyptians worshipped and glorified cats. If you don’t have a cat head on down to your local shelter and volunteer. To be fair in my house, it’s always hug your cat day 🙂

June 4th – National Cheese Day celebrates cheese in all its glory. Enjoy cheese in all its forms. There are so many to chose from. Head down to your local cheese counter and pick up a few new to you cheese. Don’t forget to give your favorite cheeses some love as well.

Wow, June 4th is a busy day.

I hope you enjoyed this preview into next weeks fun and silly days and holidays.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , just for the fun of it.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe.

Writing Myths Monday #4

Happy Monday to you all! Welcome to another Writing Myths Monday.

Myth # 4 – I must be inspired to write.

If that was the case there wouldn’t be a lot of writing going on. William Faulkner famously said, “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 am every morning.” I love this quote. I discovered it early in my writing career.It’s true, we all have a writing cycle of productivity and rest. You just need to manage that cycle. But if you only wrote when you were “inspired” your writing output would suffer. Working with a schedule helps bring on the inspiration. You train your brain to click over to writing mode.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , just for the fun of it.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

Building Tension Writing Exercise

Welcome to your Friday Writing Exercise. Let’s get your writing muscles stretched out. We are going to be practicing writing tension.

In this exercise we will be writing a scene where two characters want the same object and they both believe they are the one destine to have it. These two people will do or say what ever it takes to be victorious.

Choose two of the following: an old women, a buisness man, a lawyer, a cheerleader, or a street person.

Choose an object:  $100 bill on the sidewalk, last seat on the bus, or last hot dog at the mini mart.

When writing this don’t hold back, be sneaky, be ruthless, make the reader want more. Add more characters to add tension. Have fun with it.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Fun and Silly Days and Holidays May 25th – May 31st

Welcome to Fun and Silly days and holidays for May 25th – 31st. This week is all about food and beverage. My inner foodie is so happy.

May 25th – National Wine Day is to celebrate wine. Buy it, drink it and enjoy its history. The best way to celebrate the day is to visit a winery. Unfortunately that isn’t possible at the moment. So enjoy some wine at home instead. Wine day was officailly first celebrated in 2009. There are several other wine appreciation holidays throughout the year.

Duck Pond Winery
My husband and I at Duck Pond Winery at a tasting event.

May 28th – National Hamburger Day yum right?The U.S. and Canada love their hamburgers but hamburgers were invented in Germany. Throughout history there are references to similar types of food as far back as ancient Egypt. Our modern hamburger came to U.S and Canada with German immigrants. Let’s celebrate by firing up the BBQ and creating mouth watering burgers.

May 31st – National Macaroon Day honors the macaroon, a flour-less cookie. It is enjoyed the worldwide. They are popular in the Jewish community during Passover when Jews can not cook with flour. Macaroons were believed to have been first made in an Italian monastery in 1792. Head over to your favor bakery and pick up a few to celebrate.

I hope you enjoyed this preview into next weeks fun and silly days and holidays

Until next time, be happy, stay safe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Writing Myth Monday #3

Happy Monday Y’all! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. I’m ready to take on another week of writing and taking on social distancing. Let’s jump into today myth.

Myth #3 – I need a specific fixed space to write.

My office space

Not true. Yes, it’s true you need a place to write, it’s not true you must be chained to a location. I have an office where my computer lives but I write wherever I need to to make it happen. I write outside, at the boys Taekwondo practice, in the living room and even the kitchen. My writing space knows no limits. As long as I have a pen and paper, or something to edit, I’m in my writing space. So open your mind to the spaces and places around you.

What places do you like to write in?

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe and good writing vibes in to the universe.

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Writing Prompts May 15th

Happy Writing Prompts Friday. It’s time to get your creative pants on and get to work.

I have four very different prompts for you to choose from today. Select the one that speaks to you the most and go for it. Or use all four, that would be pretty awesome.

  • I liked noodles before that dinner party.
  • I’m not going to lie, all I want is a beer, it wasn’t always this way. I had a successful job in the financial district, an awesome apartment and a deluxe auto. Everything started slipping away after the incident.
  • You’re in the garden cultivating a remote corner when you hit something hard. 
  • Mom made a skating rink in the backyard. What could go wrong?

Have a wonderful and creative writing day with these prompts.

Until next time, be happy , stay safe and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , just for the fun of it.

Fun and Silly Days and Holidays May 18th – 24th

Welcome to fun and silly days and holidays for the week of May 18th – 24th.

May 20 – Be a Millionaire Day isn’t all about being rich but about celebrating feeling like a millionaire. This day promotes self care and having a positive mind set.

May 23rd – Lucky Penny Day – See a penny pick it up and all the day you’ll have good luck. We celebrate this day to spread good luck.

How will you be celebrating these days this week?

I hope you enjoyed this preview into next weeks fun and silly days and holidays.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Until next time, be happy, be safe.

Writing Myths Monday #2

Good Morning Writers! I hope you’ve had a productive writing week. Let’s jump on in to this weeks writing myth.

Myth #2 – I don’t have time to write

You didn’t just say that, did you? First, lets put aside our current stay at home orders. This unlimited amount of time at home will come to an end. We will not be isolated from the outside world forever.

In the non-Covid19 world, we have so many opportunities to write through out the day. We just aren’t recognizing them. True we may not have six hours a day of uninterrupted time but we do have pockets of 5-10 or even 15 minutes in our day. If you start looking at your day in the frame of minutes, not hours, i bet you will find a bunch of micro writing spots. You just need to be prepared when an opportunity arises.

What I did to figure out where my extra minutes were is I wrote out my daily schedule. This helped me to see what I was doing during the day and where I could get a bit of writing time. I found time in the morning before leaving for work, some time in the afternoon once I returned from work, and time in the evening after dinner. I had more open time on the weekends than I had during the week. I did notice I could have an hour to an hour and a half of writing time in the afternoon after work. But I decided to claim only thirty minutes of that time for writing. I spent the other hour with my Dad. We talk about our day and what he’s been working on in his workshop.

Reclaiming your time from your schedule is only part of the job. You need to be prepared with something to write or edit. I plan out for the week what I need to do. Before bed I decide what I want to work on the next day and I have it ready to go. This way I don’t have to think about it in the morning. It’s just grab and go.

It all comes down to making the time. Some days it’s easier than others. Don’t beat yourself up over not getting to writing because something came up. You’ve got this. You write because you love it and you’ve always got time for the things you love.

Have a great week and keep on writing.

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Newman keeping me on schedule.