Tag: memories

To cheat or not to cheat

Dan Ariely, Duke University, professor of behavioral economics and founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight and author of the bestselling book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, says, “The capacity to cheat a little bit and feel good about ourselves is really much more common than we think it is.” So today, let’s write about cheating. So how do you…

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It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

I’ve been thinking today about who we are when we write — and I don’t mean how we view ourselves as people, but who we are as storytellers — because when we write, we can do so from many different perspectives. Depending on what we’re writing about, we can be whomever we want to be.  We can be the victim,…

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Fall 2012 Writing Marathon

Fall 2012 Writing Marathon

What a lovely day on the lake.  The Fall 2012 Writing Marathon held on Lake Fairview on Saturday, November 3rd, couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was ideal, we had a great potluck, and people went out and sat by the lake to write.  How inspiring. Throughout our day we used a variety of motivational writing prompts designed to help…

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Turkey Talk

Turkey Talk

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and you know we have to talk turkey in this week’s Wednesday writing prompt. We could write about how grateful we are for the many blessings we experience each and every day—and I encourage you to do that—but for today’s writing exercise, let’s write about turkey days that didn’t go quite like we expected them to. What…

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Five-year journals

I speak to lots of people each month about the many ways to write their life stories, and whenever they hear about the five-year journal and how it works, they get excited. They remind me of myself when I first learned about this wonderful way to record all the ordinary and extraordinary days of our lives.   My husband Bob and…

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The Best Vacation Ever!

The Best Vacation Ever!

Last Sunday, a group of sixteen Writing Your Lifers got a taste of what’s to come on the Writing the Waves cruise, which sets sail on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas on May 12, 2013. We spent time touring the ship and enjoying a wonderful sit-down lunch. Unfortunately, we had to leave at 3:00 p.m. while the other guests…

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Highlights of the Florida Writers Association annual conference

Highlights of the Florida Writers Association annual conference

Writing conversations flowed, attendees exchanged business cards and dreams, and tips on everything from point of view to editing to writing stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul swirled around the Florida Writers Association’s eleventh annual conference this weekend. More than six hundred writers of all levels and genres gathered at the Lake Mary Marriott to meet other writers, learn…

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Florida Writers Association Annual Conference

The Magic of the Pen Friday, October 19th – Sunday, October 21st Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary The Florida Writers Association’s annual conference, The Magic of the Pen, officially begins on Friday, October 19th and runs through Sunday, October 21st. On Friday, Patricia Charpentier, award winning author of Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, presents…

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Writing with photographs, part two

Writing with photographs, part two

In last week’s post on Writing with Photographs, we talked about ways to look at photographs—how to systematically examine the photograph’s physical characteristics, inventory the image, listen for the story the picture has to tell and answer the basic who-what-where-when-why-how questions. Now, let’s focus our attention on what to do with the information gleaned from the study of our photographs.…

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