We enjoyed our meeting at Pens of Praise Christian Writers last night, especially because of Kathy Leist’s offering of BARA BRITH (SPECKLED BREAD) the recipe found in our latest Pens Readers novel of choice. The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz was so deeply thrilling to those of us who joined in the read this time around. Kathy’s appreciation of the novel and the recipes tucked inside spilled over into baking this special treat for our Pens meeting “Three Months of Four” by yours truly! I have posted the teaching on www.susanmarlene.com.
If you only had three or four months to leave a legacy, write a message, a song or book, what would you spend time on? What would be so important to say or be remembered? Let’s ponder and explore time honored questions that could zap our writing ideas to life and stir up goals that would otherwise lie dormant! Ready?
How would you decide what to write? That seems like an excellent place to begin.
What does your ordinary day entail? When are you most focused and have freedom from interruptions? What amount of time can you easily schedule? Are there days when you can bump up writing time to gain more imagination, word count, or edit accomplishments? Using a calendar, stop watch, or closed door is helpful!
Carrying a notebook and pen with you can be useful if you are in a long line or waiting in a doctor office instead of allowing frustration to rise over wasted time or watching the clock that doesn’t seem to be moving. ;)
Recording your thoughts with your phone or a device is handy also. You can trap your thoughts when you park your car, or wait in a room -when no one is around! 😊
Reward Your Efforts:
Motivation is VIP and if you drive yourself into the ground with work, work, work you will lose steam. Write a list of motivators such as: coffee shop visit with friends, reading a good book with a hot chocolate beside you, an outdoor activity…Chose something you’d really look forward to! Be delighted with life and that delight will reward your pages!
How Do You Estimate ‘How Much Time’ for Researching Your Project?
Research time can be tricky to plan as far as my experience goes. There are bunny-trails waiting to waylay the most interested writers. One piece of info leads to another and another. But you must be firm with yourself and yet have a flexible goal for what info you wish to acquire by the end of the day, week or other. True, some bunny-trails are useful and time-well-spent in the end. Just be cautious and aware. J
For our class I made a simple chart for us to organize our thoughts and write down our goals and ideas. It didn't copy well here- be inventive and create your own personal chart for I believe it will solidify your goals and aim your dreams into a doable worthy project!
PENS OF PRAISE
CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP
October 16, 2018
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2201 42nd Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
Faith Church is located next to Festival Foods
Not far from the Manitowoc exit off Interstate 43
Three Months or Four: What if You Only Had This Much Time is our topic this month. Susan Marlene will teach this class on picking your focus and making it happen!
We are a safe place to share. We invite you to bring your
WIP (Work in progress!) for a five-minute read.
The prompt for September is…
“If I wouldn’t have been so scared…”. or “Should I choose __________ or _____________?” Use your imagination and your genre preference to share your thoughts with fellow writers!
We will share a couple of book titles that research writing mystery and integrating emotion for your WIP!
Bring your favorite coffee or tea with you! J
As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact Becky McLafferty @ firstname.lastname@example.org or
Susan Marlene@ email@example.com
Words are not just words. They are thoughts and inspiration that have been behind every relationship and every deed--good or bad throughout time. If you have that burning desire to communicate and explore, come peruse my pages, teaching, and short stories. Allow inspiration to anchor your dreams on the written pages of memoirs, devotions, poems or stories, both short or long! Luxuriate in the creativity you were born to share!