HOME FIRE:  THE BIG YEAR  WINNERS!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NANCY E!  (FROM THE DASSEL-COKATO CRAFT FAIR DRAWING)
AND TO JULIE T!  (FROM THE GOOD SHEPHERD CRAFT FAIR DRAWING)

OTHER WINNERS:
AMY G.

DOROTHY H.

Nancy L. 

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PO Box 47392
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Home Fire:  The Journey Home  is now on  Amazon!

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Writer’s Workout

Free-Writing

by Nancy Ann

I read about free-writing in many books, blogs, and articles, but I’ve never really tried doing it as instructed.  Recently, I was reading BookLaunch by Chandler Bolt and for some reason his words inspired me to actually do some free-writing exercises.  His instructions were to write for a minimum of 10 minutes and to do this in an atmosphere where you will be undisturbed.  He stressed the importance of finishing out the full 10 minutes.  Don’t be concerned with grammar or spelling.  Don’t filter anything.  What you want to focus on is keeping your pen moving for the full 10 minutes.  If you go longer, great!  Keep on writing!

One of the first exercises was to write about why you want to write.  Another was to write about what you want to write.  I was so surprised (and he said in his book that I would be) at how much these exercises revealed about myself.  Obviously, these were things that I know I knew, but when they are put to paper instead of tucked away in the back of my mind, it moved me somehow.  It gave me a big dose of ambition to strive even more to reach my goals and dreams.

Try some free-writing exercises.  Whether you write about why or what you want to write, or even pick a specific topic such as raising guinea pigs, it doesn’t matter.  Free-writing will get your pen flowing and your ideas out onto paper. 

You won’t be disappointed with the results!

Nancy’s Notes

Make Your Own Writing Studio

by Nancy Ann

If you are serious about writing then you have to take your writing seriously.  Find a place within your home that you can claim as your own and make it your writing studio.  Organize your niche so that you have the basics-pencil cup filled with sharpened pencils and pens that work.  Have your reference books, e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, etc…, within reach so you don’t have to leave your space to retrieve them.  Provide your area with proper lighting and a comfortable chair.  Set up your computer or laptop here, as well.  Most of all make sure it is an area where you can work distraction free.

You don’t need to buy a fancy desk.  I usually go to a Goodwill or used furniture store before I buy brand new office supplies.  Frequently, I find what I need.  A simple card table and chair with a pad is a great starter desk.  My first desk was a couple of wooden crates with a wide board across the top.  I dolled it up with a table cloth draped over it.  I put a lamp on one corner along with my reference books and a few other office supplies.  The bulk of these items were purchased from the Goodwill.  Not fancy, but it definitely did the job!  Personally, I liked its humble appearance.

Now that you have your writing studio set up, use it!  Try the free-writing exercises that are described in the Writer’s Workout, work on a novel, or any other writing project that you have.  Utilize your space and pursue your dreams and goals!



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