Writing Exercise Friday July 3rd

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:

  • When Seagulls Attack
  • Revenge of the Popcorn King
  • The Day the Lava Monster Died
  • Beach Party on Mars

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.

Vacation Boredom Busters

In Plain Sight Game

This is a fun hidden object game, with a twist. Instead of hiding an object buried under cushions or in cabinets, the objective of this game is to hide something out in the open, where it is visible to all.

Choose any small, unspectacular object for this game, such as a coin, small doll, or action figure. One person leaves the room while someone else places the object somewhere in the room. It cannot be placed under or behind anything. It has to be placed out in plain sight. For this game, the more cluttered the room with furniture and knickknacks, the better.

The person who left the room then comes back and searches for the object. Anyone else in the room should not give any hints. When the object is found, choose another person to leave the room and start the fun all over again.

This is the action figure we use.

We’ve been playing this game since the boys were little. They are both teenagers now and still enjoy play this game. They have gotten much better at the art of hiding in plain sight.

Bonus Game Twist

We play an additional version of this game where the whole house is fair game. We have this stuffed sheep named Shawn. Shawn is a standard size stuffed animal. He usually lives in one of the boys rooms, but sometimes Shawn decides he wants to mix things up and visit another area of the house. Just like in the game above Shawn never hides inside, under or behind things. He only hides in plain sight. There are times Shawn’s new location isn’t discovered for days and others he’s found fairly quickly.

This is Shawn

Hope your family enjoys these games.

Do you, or someone you know, have a preschooler or kindergartener? If so, you maybe interested in my new book, Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten – fun and educational activities to give your child a jump-start to success. Click HERE or on the cover to view.

Until next time be happy, stay safe, and have fun.

Writing Myths Monday #9

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 #9 – Good Writers are Born

Some people are born with a natural talent, not going to lie. But it’s through hard work and practice that truly makes them a good writer. Writers are people who must write. It isn’t an option for them. The act of writing fills them with energy and life. If they’re not writing they feel as if something is missing.

It’s your passion and drive that makes you a good writer. 

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 June 26th

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.

  • How the hell did I end up here?
  • A nice cold lemonade on a hot day.
  • I don’t get it. How do you ride a camel?
  • That’s a nice feather in your cap.

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.

Honey vs Vinegar The Power of Positivity

 

We’ve all heard the saying, “you attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” A positive comment is your attractive honey, and negative comments are your vinegar. 

A positive comment or request can go a long way with a child. We have a tendency, as humans, to focus on the negative or to correct a behavior. As parents, that’s what we do to help our children learn. So we focus on correcting undesirable behaviors. Unfortunately we say things like, “don’t run, get off the table, out of my chair.” All our children are hearing is the negative, the behavior we don’t want them to do. If we reverse what we say to the positive, or the action we want them to perform, we will get a different result. Just changing how we communicate we can achieve a much better result.

Examples

Don’t run —> Walking feet or Walk in the house

Get off the table —> Feet on floor

Out of my chair —> Mom’s chair

Stop touching —> Hands to self

With this change our children are hearing the positive, expected behavior, and can more easily comply with our requests. This also aids in their social emotional learning.

If you are looking for more tools for your preschooler or kindergartener you may like my new book, Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten fun and educational activities to give your child a jump start to success. Click HERE or on the cover to view.

Until next time, be happy, and stay safe.

Writing Myths Monday #8

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

Writing Myth#8 – I need a Masters in Fine Arts. Well if that’s true I have a lot of successful author friends who have a lot of explaining to do. You don’t need a degree to prove that you are a good writer. Your own dedication to improving your writing is what makes you a good writer. What a MFA does for you is give you a sheltered period to write. You’re immersed in all things writing, but you can create that for yourself by going to conferences or retreats. Unless your ultimate goal with your writing is to become a professor at a university, you don’t need a MFA to be a writer.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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