Writing Myth Monday #18

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #18 – I Always Have to Love My Writing

At some point in every project you come to a moment when you don’t like it or you hate it. You don’t want to spend one more moment on the piece. That feeling is just a fact of writing. All that feeling signals is that it’s time to take a break from that piece. Take a walk to clear your mind, or other physical activity. Work on another piece for a couple of days. 

The space you give yourself is beneficial to you and your writing. You will be able to look at the story in a fresh new light.

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.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Exercise Friday August 28th

Welcome to your Friday Writing Exercise. Get your writing muscles ready like a professional athlete. You need to stretch those writing muscles before you get to the main writing event. So let’s get to it.

Twenty Minute Writing Challenge – Write a story using one of the following titles:

  • How to Read a Bowl of Noodles
  • Man Mistaken For Troll
  • The Day the Machines Went Bezerk
  • Night Goblins Exposed  

You have twenty minutes to write as much as you can. I like writing these in the style of the National Enquirer or the Onion. The wilder and more outlandish the better. The point is to get writing.

Five Senses Bonus Exercise Take the story you created in the twenty minute write and do a five senses edit. When you do a senses edit go through your story looking for the senses. Using highlighters assign a color to each of the senses. Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell and Taste. Once you highlight the senses you can see how balanced the senses are in your story. If you are light or too heavy in a sense then you can add more or remove some. The goal is to have a balance of senses.

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

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

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Myths Monday #17

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #17 – Writing Requires Sacrifice

Well to be perfectly honest, what doesn’t involve some level of sacrifice? Every choice you make means something needs to change. It’s all how you look at the choice. It’s only a sacrifice if you perceive it that way.

Yes, you will have to make choices between writing and going out with friends or sleeping an hour longer. But what makes the choice worth it? It’s the end result you’re working toward and achieving it. That’s what makes it all worth 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.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Prompt Friday August 21st

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 an awesome short story.

Here are the prompts for your writing pleasure.

  • And that is how the trashcan caught on fire.
  • That’s a horrible idea. What time?
  • Mom, I’ve decided I want to be a professional Dodge Baller.
  • Sir, I don’t think you’ll get that through customs.

I 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 , for the fun of it.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Myths Monday #16

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #16 – I’m waiting for my big book idea to hit me.

As writers, we write. If you sit around waiting for ideas to find you, you’ll be waiting a long time. Your big book idea will reveal itself when you least expect, usually when you’re writing. That’s one reason I like writing short stories. One short story I wrote inspired me to write a middle grade novel on the same topic with an expanded cast of characters. 

If I hadn’t been actively writing, I’m sure that idea wouldn’t have occurred to me.

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.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Exercises Friday August 14th

Welcome to your Friday Writing Exercise. Get your writing muscles ready like a professional athlete. You need to stretch those writing muscles before you get to the main writing event. So let’s get to it.

Twenty Minute Writing Challenge – Write a story using one of the following titles:

  • Sunglasses at night, why?
  • Ode to the Apple Pie
  • When VooDoo Goes Wrong
  • My new motto is “Live Life Out Loud”  

You have twenty minutes to write as much as you can. I like writing these in the style of the National Enquirer or the Onion. The wilder and more outlandish the better. The point is to get writing.

Five Senses Bonus Exercise Take the story you created in the twenty minute write and do a five senses edit. When you do a senses edit go through your story looking for the senses. Using highlighters assign a color to each of the senses. Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell and Taste. Once you highlight the senses you can see how balanced the senses are in your story. If you are light or too heavy in a sense then you can add more or remove some. The goal is to have a balance of senses.

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

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

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Myth Monday #15

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #15 – Your Debut Novel Is Your First Novel

The first novel you write is the one where you do a bulk of your learning. Most likely your debut novel will be the second or third one you write. I’m not saying those other books won’t sell but it may be down the road. I never give up on a story. Ultimately it will sell in some form. Just keep on writing. Every word you write gets you closer to your goal.

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.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Prompt Friday August 7th

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 an awesome short story.

Here are the prompts for your writing pleasure.

  • The smell of fresh popcorn filled the theater.
  • You have an unlimited supply of bubble wrap and a free afternoon.
  • The squirrels are stealing my nuts!
  • Dragons Rule – Ten secrets to keeping a dragon as a pet.

I 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 , for the fun of it.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Monday Writing Myths #14

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #14 – Overnight success stories

Don’t believe the hype. It is extremely rare that “someone off the street” decides their going to write a novel, write it, sell it and make a million dollars. What actually happens is the writer has been practicing the craft of writing, working hard and every piece they write gets better. They wrote a story that clicked with not only a publisher but also a certain segment of the reading public. They were a ten year overnight success.

Focus on writing a great story and the other stuff will come.

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.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Exercise Friday July 31st

Welcome to your Friday Writing Exercise. Get your writing muscles ready like a professional athlete. You need to stretch those writing muscles before you get to the main writing event. So let’s get to it.

Twenty Minute Writing Challenge – Write a story using one of the following titles:

  • Radio Active Spider Escapes Lab
  • Bunny Fufu Gets Revenge
  • Street Performer and Monkey Jailed
  • Hot Coffee Newest Health Food Craze

You have twenty minutes to write as much as you can. I like writing these in the style of the National Inquirer or the Onion. The wilder and more outlandish the better. The point is to get writing.

Five Senses Bonus Exercise Take the story you created in the twenty minute write and do a five senses edit. When you do a senses edit go through your story looking for the senses. Using highlighters assign a color to each of the senses. Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell and Taste. Once you highlight the senses you can see how balanced the senses are in your story. If you are light or too heavy in a sense then you can add more or remove some. The goal is to have a balance of senses.

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

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