Writing Exercise Friday June 19th

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:

  • Take Your Game to the Next Level
  • I Wanna have Fun, Fun, Fun
  • The Night the Opera went Dark
  • The Girl in Bunny Slippers

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.

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Writing Myths Monday #7

Welcome to another Writing Myths Monday. Hopefully this Monday finds you well. Let’s jump into this weeks myth.

Writing Myth #7 I need to be connected to get published. Not so. I’m not saying it isn’t important to network and build a community of writers and other industry professionals. But it’s not more important than writing a good story. Getting published comes down to how well you tell and write your story. It doesn’t do a publisher or an editor any good to publish substandard work just because they know the author. Their reputation rides on the quality of what they publish. Be more concerned with the quality of your writing than getting to know the “right” people.

Have a wonderful week. Keep writing, be happy, stay safe and good writing vibes into the universe.

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten Second Addition Now Available

That’s right, Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten – fun and educational activities to give your child a jump start to success in now available exclusively through Amazon. Not only does it have a new cover there is a ton of new and expanded content.

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Fun and educational activities to give your child a jumpstart to success

What can I do to prepare my child for kindergarten? Every parent asks themselves this question when the reality of starting kindergarten is approaching.

In kindergarten your child will develop skills in many different areas, both academic and social behavioral. Going to kindergarten makes up a very small part of each day. The key to success is your participation at home.I’ve been on both sides of the kindergarten coin. I have helped two of my own boys through kindergarten, and I’m currently an instructor that works with kindergarteners who are lagging behind in reading, writing, math, social, and behavioral skills. Most, if not all, students have a skill they need to work on. No child enters school knowing everything. 

I’m here to help you get your child as prepared as possible. This work won’t end on the first day of school, but it will continue throughout the school year. We’ll cover everything from classroom basics to the academic skills your child will need. Your child’s Social Emotional Learning will be just as important as their academic learning. With this book, I will give you the tools to prepare your child for this new and exciting adventure into kindergarten.

Click HERE purchase your copy or to preview the new content.

I am so pleased with this second addition and I hope you will be as well!

Until next time, be happy, stay safe.

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Writing Myths Monday #6

Welcome to Writing Myths Monday. I hope you are all doing well. Let’s jump into this weeks myth.

Writing Myth #6 My shiny new idea is better than what I’m currently working on. Oh the shiny new idea is so pretty. I must drop everything and work on it. It is so easy to be enticed by a great new idea. What ends up happening is you jump from new idea to new idea and you don’t have any finished stories.

The best thing I have found to do is write as much as I can as fast as I can on the new idea., and then file it away. I then can return to the project I was working on. Your amazing new idea will be patiently waiting for you. Who knows, you may work even more diligently to finish your current project so you can get to your new idea.

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

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Writing Exercise Friday June 5th

Welcome to your Friday writing exercise. Get your writing muscles ready and stretched out to get your write on.

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

Roller Derby Queens’ Secrets Revealed

Pancakes are Great for Dinner

Cyborgs aren’t Real!

Journey to the Heart of a Black Hole

You have twenty minutes to get as much written as you can. I like to write these like National Inquirer or The Onion stories. You can get wild and crazy with the topics.

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 June 8th – 14th

Welcome to Fun and Silly Days and Holidays for the week of June 8th – 14th.

June 8th – Best Friends Day we celebrate our friendships all through out the year but today is an extra special day to let our friends know how much they mean to us. In 1935 the US Congress decided to dedicate a day to pay tribute to close knit friendships. So go forth and celebrate those special friendships

June 12th – National Flip Flop Day let’s celebrate these fun shoes on their special day. Flip Flops were named for the slapping sound they make when you walk.I think Flip Flops are the official shoes of summer. I found reference to another day in June that is also Flip Flop Day, June 19th. I can celebrate Flip Flops twice.

June 12th – Red Rose Day Not only is June Rose Month we have a day to celebrate red roses.June is when roses are in full bloom. Roses typically bloom until the first frost. So head on out and enjoy some roses.

June 14th – Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States of America on June 14, 1777.

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

Until next time be happy and stay safe.

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The Crew

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.

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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.

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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.

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