September 2020 Journal Prompts Announcement

Journaling is an important part of the writing process. It’s how we empty our minds of what might be distracting us, and how we work through our blocks. It can also act as a way for us to generate ideas and work through them for new projects.

For September, I have created a daily writing prompt list for your journal. Each day there will be a different word for you to mull over and write about. However, this is more than just looking at this as a writing prompt.

Words are what we use. They are our medium. They are how we build words, create characters, project emotion into the reader. Words are what create and destroy projects, people, and civilizations. Words are powerful. We wield a mighty sword.

Thus, I want to bring forward some words each day to contemplate. Some are mundane and some might be obviously powerful. But all of them will have positive and negative sides. For these words, I’m also providing a set of questions for you to journal on revolving around the word. The questions won’t change, but are a challenge to really crack open the word and dig deep into it.

I want to really get your thoughts going regarding each daily word. So there will be a few questions to get your mind going.

  1. Define the word in your own terms
  2. Generate as many synonyms as possible surrounding this word.
    Feel free to expand your definition based on the words you generate.
  3. How is this word used culturally vs. socially?
    For example, the word “man” literally means an individual identifying as a grown male. However, culturally we use the term “man” to mean “mankind/evolved humans.” Socially we might mean it be “the man” as in those in control of the system, or “man” as a casual generic term of direction at the start of a sentence, usually to make a point of notation. For example, “Man, the band last night was amazing!” Similarly used as “dude,” “oh boy,” “Oh my god,” etc.
  4. What are the historical uses of the word?
    For example, historically “making love” would mean to say sweet things to another, in a form of showing love. Today, it’s a lighter, sweeter term of an emotionally-entangled sex.
  5. How do you feel about this word?
    That is, what emotions or memories does this word bring up for you?
  6. How can it be used spiritually and/or metaphorically?
    I say “spiritually” to mean that which applies to the non-physical and outside general daily conceptual use.
  7. What are the creative different ways this word can be used?
    There is a wonderful Bad Lip Reading video called “SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)” of Yoda and Luke Skywalker, where Yoda is singing about being attacked by Seagulls (look it up, it is hilarious). One of the lines is “One day I was walking, and I found this big log. Then I rolled the log over and underneath was a tiny little stick. And I was like ‘that log had a child!’”
  8. If you feel inspired, use this word as a creative writing prompt.

Of course, you don’t have to answer all of these questions. However, the idea is that it generates you to think about these words differently and use them as an anchor of personal development, of diving deep into the self, as well as getting creative with how we use language in our writing.

The words will be posted each day on my Instagram Account, @NaturalWriterCoaching, and I’ll post the full chart with the month’s words on here as well. This is 30 days’ worth of journaling for you. I’m excited. I hope you are too!

Happy Writing!

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NatWriCoChallenge: Week 4-ish

Hey friends. Just a reminder that through April and May of 2020, I am offering coaching sessions at a Pay What Feels Right for You rate. That means that you get a coaching session and you choose the price. Read all about this offer here.

Welcome to the fourth and final-ish week of the Natural Writer Coaching Challenge! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts this month.

If you’re just getting into this challenge, it’s not too late to join. You can read all about the challenge here, and how to participate for your own enjoyment, or to win 2 FREE writing coaching sessions with me. Though, I will say, at this point, it’s going to be a lot of work to catch up with your Instagram posts at this point. But if you’re willing, my requirement for being entered into the draw on June 1st is for each participant to have 31 Instagram posts sharing their flash fiction piece featuring the designated one-word prompt for each day.

Remember, if you want to be entered into the drawing, the post must tag me using the handle @NaturalWriterCoaching and use the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge. Otherwise, I won’t see it.

Additional Challenge

Each week I’ve been providing an additional challenge for those who need that extra umph to get their creative brains working. Whether or not you do the challenge won’t be taken into consideration for who wins, but it’s for your own creativity muscle-building.

This creative challenge is to write a poem which uses the word-prompt as the theme.

You can take this a step further and refrain from using the word prompt in the poem, but the poem can summarize or describe the word or a situation outlining the concept of the word.

That’s step 1.

Step 2 is to use each line of the poem in your flash fiction piece.

The lines of the poem can be the start of a paragraph, or they can just be sentences in your piece. Maybe even the dialogue. It’s your piece, have fun with it.

However, remember that in your flash fiction piece, you must use the word. While in the poem, the word is optional, it must actually be present in the flash fiction piece itself.

This Week’s Word Prompts

The month of May has 5 Fridays. So far, each Friday I’ve been posting the following week’s word prompts. This will be the last Friday I do this, and the prompts will extend all the way until Sunday, the 31st of May.

Friday, May 22: Right
Saturday, May 23: Long
Sunday, May 24: Deer
Monday, May 25: Unison
Tuesday, May 26: Hole
Wednesday, May 27: Decision
Thursday, May 28: Rook
Friday, May 29: Tambourine
Saturday, May 30: Balance
Sunday, May 31: Join

On June 1st, I’ll announce the winner of the Challenge on Instagram. Are you excited? I’m excited. I look forward to reading your pieces! Feel free to comment below to share your experience or ask any questions.

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NatWriCoChallenge: Week 3

Hey friends. Just a reminder that through April and May of 2020, I am offering coaching sessions at a Pay What Feels Right for You rate. That means that you get a coaching session and you choose the price. Read all about this offer here.

Welcome to week 3 of the Natural Writer Coaching Challenge! Congratulations to those of you who have participated so far. I’m so pleased to see all your creative minds in action.

If you’re just joining the challenge, you can still participate. I just need to see 31 Instagram posts tagging me using @NaturalWriterCoaching and the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge at the end of the month. You can read the details of the challenge and how you can win 2 FREE writing coaching sessions with me here.

Additional Challenge

Last week I posed an additional challenge for those of you who are just whizzing through these flash fiction prompts. This week, I have another challenge for you. You can use it however you want, whether it’s to combine with last week’s challenge or to use it on its own. It is up to you.

This week’s challenge is to use one of my favorite tools for generating creative and unique writing ideas: the third option.

You’ll hear me talk about this exercise a lot. I first learned about it through a writing competition put forth by Wonderbox Publishing a few years ago. I have loved it ever since.

When you look at your writing prompt, jot down the first idea that comes to you. Then cross it out. Write down the second idea that comes to you. Then cross it out. Write down the third idea that comes to you, and go with that.

The theory behind this is that usually the first two ideas are something we’ve already seen or heard, though we don’t realize it. By chucking the first two ideas, then we get closer to something we, ourselves, have generated.

If you choose to take on this challenge, feel free to share your first two ideas that you tossed away in your IG post. I’d love to hear them!

This Week’s Word Prompts

Each Friday in May, I’ll provide the daily work prompts for the follow week. If you’re playing catch up, you can read last week’s prompts here.

Friday, May 15: Bulb
Saturday, May 16: Singing Bowl
Sunday, May 17: Fresh
Monday, May 18: Seed
Tuesday, May 19: Starlight
Wednesday, May 20: Cornucopia
Thursday, May 21: Desert

I look forward to reading your pieces! Feel free to comment below to share your experience or ask any questions.

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NatWriCoChallenge: Week 2

Hey friends. Just a reminder that through April and May of 2020, I am offering coaching sessions at a Pay What Feels Right for You rate. That means that you get a coaching session and you choose the price. Read all about this offer here.

If you’ve been participating so far, I want to say congratulations on getting through the first week of the Natural Writer Coaching Challenge! I have enjoyed seeing your posts on Instagram, and reading your wonderful works.

Catching Up

If you’re coming into this late in the game, the #NatWriCoChallenge provides daily writing prompts for your flash fiction pieces. Using the hashtag, post your pieces via Instagram and tag me using the handle @NaturalWriterCoaching to be entered to win 2 Free Coaching sessions. You can read all about it, here.

For those of you who want to get in on the chance to win free coaching sessions, but haven’t been posting each day—you’re not out of luck. So long as by the end of May, you have one post for each of the writing prompts posted onto your Instagram (so, 31 in total), then you’re entered for the chance to win. However, the goal is to get into the habit of writing daily, so if you save up seven posts to do in one day, you’re only doing yourself the disservice.

Additional Challenge

Hopefully you’re having fun with these prompts. For some, it’s easy to come up with a new situation in which these daily word prompts can be used. And thus, I would like to add to the challenge:

Create one story with each writing prompt. Each day, use the designated writing prompt to add to the story that is building throughout the month. At the end of the month, you could have a story between 7,750 and 15,500 words long. This isn’t a novel, but it’s certainly a short story, or even the base of a story that can be filled out to become a novel.

This challenge means that, if you create a story that builds upon itself, the conclusion of the story will contain word prompt for May 31st. You can read a full list of the daily word prompts here if you want to plan.

If You’re Struggling

I just wanted to adress those of you who are awesome, though despite your awesomeness, you’re still struggling to get into that creative place. I see you. I hear you. Sometimes the muse just doesn’t want to behave.

Check out my post on Creativity as an Inner Sense that can be harnessed and directed through Meditation and/or Meditation here. Let me know what you think.

This Week’s Word Prompts

Each Friday in May, I’ll provide the daily work prompts for the follow week. If you’re playing catch up, you can read last week’s prompts here.

Friday, May 8: Radiance
Saturday, May 9: Circle
Sunday, May 10: Guidance
Monday, May 11: Empty
Tuesday, May 12: Prophetic
Wednesday, May 13: Indulgence
Thursday, May 14: Question

You of course can participate on your own, or you can join in on Instagram, posting your flash fiction piece there, or posting a link to your website with your flash fiction piece. Remember to tag me in the post using the handle @NaturalWriterCoaching and to use the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge. I look forward to reading your pieces! Feel free to comment below to share your experience or ask any questions.

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NatWriCoChallenge Week 1

Hey friends. Just a reminder that through April and May of 2020, I am offering coaching sessions at a Pay What Feels Right for You rate. That means that you get a coaching session and you choose the price. Read all about this offer here.

Happy May Day!

Today is the first day of the Natural Writer Coaching Challenge, or #NatWriCoChallenge. As the first day of the challenge, today also marks the first week of the challenge.

Each May Friday I’ll post the week’s writing prompts here. The goal of this challenge is to encourage a small bit of creative writing each day to help develop the habit. Likewise, writing 250 words a day on something unrelated to your current work in progress can be what you need to kick-start you into your creative mindset for the day, and lead you on to your WIP.

Developing a writing habit is crucial. It’s to gain the discipline over your mind to write at will. When you create a habit, your mind wants to engage in the daily dose of creativity.

Give this challenge a go. See if it works for you. Have fun with it!

If you want the chance to win 2 FREE hour-long coaching sessions with me (£150 value), then participate on Instagram using the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge and my Instagram handle, @NaturalWriterCoaching. You can read more details about how to participate in the challenge here.

Additional Challenges

Each week, I’ll provide an additional challenge to try with your flash fiction pieces. This is for those of you who are flying through the prompts and might be a little bored. You don’t need to embrace these additional challenges to participate in the NatWriCoChallenge. This is just adding a little extra weight to the bar for those who want it.

This week I won’t be providing a challenge. For those of you who want the challenge, just think of this week as a warm up.

This Week’s Writing Prompts

Again, each Friday i’ll post the one-word writing prompts for the following seven days. You can use this to plan ahead or just have a small bite-size of what’s to come.

Here are this week’s writing prompts:

Friday, May 1: Light
Saturday, May 2: Green
Sunday, May 3: Mosquito
Monday, May 4: Bottle
Tuesday, May 5: Gingerly
Wednesday, May 6: Headache
Thursday, May 7: Flight

I look forward to seeing your creations! Tell me all about your experience in the comments below.

Happy writing!

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NatWriCoChallenge: Win 2 FREE Coaching Sessions!

Hey friend! Don’t forget that through to the end of May 2020, I am offering Pay What Feels Right sessions. Send me a message or read all about it Here.

There are a lot of folks who are struggling to get a writing routine down. With all the stress from COVID-19 and everything that comes along with it, there’s a lot of pressure to produce, produce, produce with your time off.

You might be determined to hammer out 2000 words a day, or even just 500.

I find sometimes, when I’m struggling to crank the ol’ brain into creativity mode and focus on a WIP, writing something completely different gets those gears switched. So, I would like to help you. The incentive is the opportunity to win 2 free writing coaching sessions with me.

Natural Writer Coaching Challenge

The challenge is simple. Each day you will have a one-word writing prompt. With that writing prompt:

  1. Write a 250-500 word piece of flash fiction, being sure to meaningfully include the word prompt of that day.
  2. Post it in an Instagram post OR post it in a blog post and share that blog post on IG so I can access it.
  3. Tag me in your IG post with handle @NaturalWriterCoaching
  4. Use the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge

That’s it.

I do need to be tagged in the post, and the hashtag needs to be used. And I need some access to see your writing piece.

If you post all 31 days, you will be entered into a drawing on June 1st with the potential to win 2 FREE Writing Coaching sessions with me. I will also draw two extra names for 1 1-hour coaching session.

May 1: Light
May 2: Green
May 3: Mosquito
May 4: Bottle
May 5: Gingerly
May 6: Headache
May 7: Flight
May 8: Radiance
May 9: Circle
May 10: Guidance
May 11: Empty
May 12: Prophetic
May 13: Indulging
May 14: Question
May 15: Bulb
May 16: Singing Bowl
May 17: Fresh
May 18: Seed
May 19: Starlight
May 20: Cornucopia
May 21: Desert
May 22: Right
May 23: Long
May 24: Deer
May 25: Unison
May 26: Hole
May 27: Decision
May 28: Rook
May 29: Tambourine
May 30: Balance
May 31: Join

Important

I am not going to be selecting writers on whether or not I think your writing is good, or if your story is satisfactory. Nor am I going to select anyone based on how good their image is. This is going to be purely randomized.

The goal of this is to provide a daily writing exercise. For me, personally, it’s also to see people writing every day and challenging their creative minds.

Your Homework

Your homework is quite simple. And I’m sure You’ve guessed it by now. Participate in this challenge! Starting May 1st get to writing.

And, bonus, though not extra credit, follow me on Instagram Here for other writing and journal prompts.

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8 Reasons Writers NEED to Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again. In the northern hemisphere, were coming out of our winter slog in time for spring. Spring means warmer weather, and warmer weather means camping. And for the writers, it’s time to sign up for your cabin, because it’s Camp Novel Writing Month in April!

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What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Camp NaNoWriMo is the kid sister of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo itself is an annual, online challenge for writers to write 50,000 words, or a novel, in 30 days.

Camp NaNoWriMo offers the same challenge, though is more geared toward the writer setting their own goal for the month to achieve. This goal might be writing 20,000 words, or editing what they wrote in November, or producing three short stories—anything. The idea is that you set a goal and train yourself to achieve said goal within 30 days.

There are two months during which you can participate in Camp NaNoWriMo: April and July. Camp NaNoWriMo (and NaNoWriMo, for that matter) are completely free to use. They run on donations and by sponsorship from writing-related companies such as Scrivener. And on top of it, they sell some fun swag as well.

Now that you know a little bit about what it is, let’s talk about why you should do it.

8 Benefits of Camp NaNoWriMo

1. Setting Goals

Camp NaNo is an easy way of setting goals to test your durability to stick with it. As a writer, it is essential to have goals. After all, if you start a story, is your goal not to finish it?

Participating in Camp NaNo means that you’re giving yourself a deadline for a specific aspect of your goal. This could be to get x-amount of words of your project done, to finish editing, etc. The idea is that you have a timeframe in which to work.

Furthermore, because this is just Camp, it’s an opportunity to test your goal-setting out. You’re able to pick a “soft” or “lite” goal to achieve in preparation for the bigger goal in November, if you choose to participate in the novel in a month challenge.

2. Habit Forming

Once you develop your goal for the month, you need to know the steps to get it. Does editing your manuscript in the month mean spending three hours a day on it? Does it mean just looking at it once a day and hopefully catching a few things?

Is your goal simply to write for an hour for 30 days?

Whatever your goal is, it is going to require you to structure your days over the month to accommodate the steps to your end goal, which will help you to develop a habit, if you stick to these steps.

Good writing and editing Habits are essential for a successful writing career, and this is a good place to start.

3. Testing Your Habits and Goals

The beauty of Camp NaNoWriMo, especially if you start in April, is that it can be seen as somewhat of a tester month.

During this time, you can see what kind of writing-related goals work well for you, and figure out what habits and steps work for you to make those goals happen.

If what you pick in April didn’t quite pan out, and you know exactly where you went wrong, then you can try again in July. If your goal was right, but the way you went about it didn’t seem to work, then you can revise come July.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for any of the NaNo’s to do this. However, when you’re involved in a massive online challenge with thousands of other writers, it’s pretty inspiring to give it a good shot.

4. Community

When you sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo, just like going to summer camp, you’re assigned a cabin, which you can meet other writers, or you can have your own private cabin.

These are meant to be not only a way of connecting with people you might not know and thus forming writing-related bonds, but are also meant to be viewed as your own little writing group. You can talk about your plot, you can share samples if everyone is willing, and you can discuss theory—really, whatever you want.

5. Accountability

As mentioned before, it isn’t essential to participate in this specific challenge if you’re a writer. You can do this any time you want, any month you want.

However, when you’re participating in something with hundreds of thousands (no exaggeration) of other writers, you’re more motivated to reach the finish line of your goal.

Furthermore, Camp NaNoWriMo provide social media announcements for you. This includes images for your Instagram, blog, Facebook page, newsletter—whatever you want—you have a media package waiting for you. When you announce this and slap that puppy onto your public profile, you are then offering yourself to be held accountable.

One of my favorite ways I’ve seen authors keep themselves accountable is by changing their Twitter display name to their current word count for their projects. Love it!

6. Timing

The nice thing about participating in Camp NaNoWriMo is that it’s during the spring and summer months, which means that you might find yourself in a position where you have more time. For students, the July camp falls in the summer, and so they are less likely to have school assignments and reading to worry about.

7. A First Draft

A sloppy first draft is better than no draft at all, and that is the premise of any of the NaNoWriMo’s. It encourages the writer to just get the damn words on the page. Editing is to make it pretty, but you can’t edit what isn’t there. Placing a strict goal on the self is making sure that a draft of some form is done.

I am of the belief that revision is the fun part. But that’s my own unpopular belief.

8. You Can Win

Oh yeah, by the way, as an incentive to get to the finish line, you win.

The only competition in NaNoWriMo is with yourself. There is no “first prize,” but there are prizes if you manage to reach your goal. These generally are given by the sponsors. The prizes vary and change each year depending on the sponsors of the year. However, in the past they have been

  • 20% off Dabble
  • 50% off Scrivener for winners (and 20% off for all participants)
  • Free webinar from Kindle Direct Publishing
  • 1 month free from the Great Courses Plus
  • 40% off for 2 years of Novlr
  • 20% off Scribophile

Just to name a few. Again, these do vary each year, though, I personally have seen the Scrivener offer pretty consistently over the years.

A Personal Take

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo. I am just a writer who has found it to be a useful tool. Thus, the opinions I have so far expressed and intend to express in this section, are honest and my own.

I have always endorsed NaNoWriMo since I found out about it in 2011. I have tried and failed many times, but I have also succeeded in it. There are some blogs and writing coaches out there who don’t encourage writers to participate in NaNoWriMo, in any of its forms, because it encourages writers to just get the words down on the page, and doesn’t mention the copious editing that is essential after the first draft is done.

I poo-poo this argument. I feel like it isn’t giving writers enough credit to know that when they’re writing in a flurried I-have-to-get-this-book-out-of-my-head-in-30-days panic, they’ll need to go back and fix a few things. However, I do recognize that there are plenty of first-time novelists out there who believe their first draft is good enough if they just clean up the typos. But I don’t believe that is enough to knock the entire NaNoWriMo concept on the head.

The first rule of NaNoWriMo is to get to the finish line. And for experienced and novice writers alike, it is a constant challenge. It is hard to slog through the difficult bits. It’s painful to write the final scenes of a book and can even stop a writer completely. Setting a goal like this and keeping to it can be essential for a writer completing their manuscript.

Your Homework

If you haven’t already gone to check out Camp NaNoWriMo, go ahead and do so. Read through the forums, see what people have to say about it. Read through the blog—there is ample information about writing and getting through the novel-in-a-month process.

I encourage you to sign up for Camp. Pick a goal, one that seems achievable, and stick to it.

The purpose of this is the above-mentioned benefits, but also so that you can gain that sense of confidence that happens after reaching a finish line of something you set out to do. This can motivate you to keep writing, and to set harder and harder goals in the future, and thus push you as a writer.

Participated in CampNaNoWriMo before? Tell me about it in the comments below, or feel free to contact me filling out the form or clicking here.

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