Thursday, February 25, 2010

Prewriting Thoughts and Happy Awards


What are your your thoughts about prewriting? How much mental or actual editing do you do before or as you write? I found Becky's puzzle-like thoughts over at Inside Out an interesting commentary along these lines. Thought maybe you might too. And btw, just in case you wanted to know, Becky is my daughter:)

I have been the recipient of several awards in the past few months, and have been terribly lax about mentioning them here. My apologies to the lovely blogger friends who bestowed these gifts upon me! I do appreciate them, and have no excuses to offer other than a busy schedule and distant family illnesses which has kept me on the phone more often than not.

The Happiness 101 Award was given to me by Raymonde, of  Everyday I Walk With You. You made me smile, Raymonde! Just like I do every time I visit your blog. You are a sweet friend, and perhaps some day this side of heaven we will meet and you can give me a tour of your stomping grounds. Or perhaps I can give you a tour across the pond here in the United States.

The Pursuing Your Dream Award was given to me by Maria at Life's Lessons. Writing does allow me to pursue my dream, which also happens to be writing! Thank you, Maria, for your thoughtfulness. Your blog offers wonderful insight on the lessons we can learn from everyday living.

One more award to mention - I know, there's a great risk of getting a big head here. You will all just have to keep me humble. The Prolific Blogger Award was given to me by Katt of Katt's Komments. Thank you, Katt, for thinking of me! It was a sweet and unexpected surprise. You are a treasured blogging friend.



Now comes the fun part. I hereby offer these wonderful awards to all my followers. Without you, my blog would be boring and friendless, which would be pretty sad, I think.Thanks for your friendship and support.

Much love and blessings to you all,
Karen :)

32 comments :

  1. Karen, I am glad you smile during your visits to my blog! Imagine the opposite! We would not be friends!
    You deserve all these awards by the way.
    PS: Last writing prompt: not a story in my head, just images I wish I could show!!! One of them is of my daughter's big toe in her mouth and she is 16! Sorry!
    Blessings and a big hug (((♥)))

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  2. Congratulations, Karen. Looks like you've been busy in blogger world. Thanks for the link to Becky's post. It was quite insightful for me!
    Have a good weekend,
    Carol

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  3. Great awards Karen! :-) congrats.

    Prewriting isn't something I do a whole lot of, but I definetely predaydream. *grin*

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  4. I LOVE prewriting exercises! Because for me, a large part of writing is VISION and HEART. Both of these improve and sharpen with pre-writing and I like that very much.

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  5. Raymonde,
    I am glad too, and am glad we are friends. Don't worry about the writing prompt. Some work and come together easily, and others don't. Stay tuned for the March prompt!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Karen

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  6. Carol, Thank you:) Thanks too, for hopping over to Becky's blog. She'll appreciate it.
    Blessings!
    Karen

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  7. Jessica,
    I agree, the awards are very nice. No big heads, I promise:)
    Have a great day,
    Karen

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  8. Cassandra,
    You know, I do too - mostly. I think it depends on what I'm writing and how tight my schedule is. They are great for getting ideas down, that's for sure. Thanks for coming by.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  9. Hello Karen...Congratulations on all your awards. You deserve every single one of them!

    As for prewriting, I don't do it. Something may pop in to my head and then I'll write about it. Or, I may snap a few photos and then write a story to accompany them. Writing is part of me, like breathing. It makes me so happy to write. I'm sure it's the same with you. Take care, Karen, and have a super day! Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  10. Congratulations on all the awards! How fun!!!

    I don't do a lot of prewriting so I am off to check out Becky's blog! Maybe it is something I need to consider doing.

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  11. Isn't it amazing to see how far & wide is your reach, your impact? What a blessing to be honored as you are, though no doubt you honor others as well. It does have a way of goin' round; comin' round ...

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  12. Congrats on your awards -- and I'm going to check out your daughter's blog!

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  13. Susan W., Thanks so much! I have a lot of those 'pop into my head' moments with writing ideas. You're wise to go with it!

    Alisa, Thank you:) I'd say go with whatever works for you. Your writing doesn't seem to suffer due to lack of prewriting!

    Blessings to both of you:)
    Karen

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  14. Kathleen,
    It is sobering and humbling to know that you reach people; makes me want to be sure and measure my words carefully. It is a blessing, too, to fellowship with so many sweet people such as yourself.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  15. Elana,
    Thanks so much! Am enjoying your blog. Thanks for hopping over to Becky's too.
    Blessings for your day,
    Karen

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  16. You're such a sweetheart, Karen!! So awesome of you to pass along these thoughtful awards! Glad to finally be catching up after my vacation. Look forward to checking in often! God bless you with a fabulous week!

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  17. Maria,
    It's hard to narrow down candidates for awards sometimes, and my faithful followers all seemed worthy of these. Sounds like you are back in the swing of things after that awesome vacation!
    Blessings to you as well,
    Karen

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  18. Hi Karen -

    Congrats on all the awards!

    I've been doing some plotting, but not pre-writing. Normally, I'm a pantser who dives in and hopefully doesn't drown.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  19. Susan R.,
    Thank you:) No drowning allowed. I am sure that you will get where you need to be. Some of us do it one way, others another. We all get there.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  20. Congrats on all your awards. They are lovely.

    I'm new to your blog and glad to find a fellow writer and blogger.

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  21. Terresa,
    Thanks so much. Nice to meet you! Glad you found my blog. Looking forward to getting to know you.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  22. Karen, this blog rocks my socks off. Yes, I'm rippin' 'em off!
    What a balance of gentleness, honesty, and information!!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Patti

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  23. Patti,
    You are a sweetheart! Promise you'll put your socks back on if your feet get cold:)
    Blessings and happy weekend to you,
    Karen

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  24. Congrats on your much-deserved awards! Have a great weekend!

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  25. Jill,
    Thank you! Always nice to see you here.
    Have a great weekend,
    Karen

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  26. Congrats on your collection of awesome awards! :-)

    Have a great weekend.

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  27. Thank you, Shannon! Thanks for coming over to see me here:)
    Happy weekend to you too,
    Karen

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  28. Hello! There is an award for you on Silver Savings, Freebies and Giveaways :)

    http://silversavings.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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  29. See, I'm not the only one who thinks you are terrific! Congratulations on the awards------you're great!
    Hugs
    Katt

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  30. Well, Katt, think that you are terrific:)
    Thanks for coming by!
    Karen

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  31. I see why prompts can inspire and get the gears oiled up but I prefer to dive right in. I can always rewrite later or erase altogether what I wrote, but even if I hit delete it has given me some insight into my characters and what I want to happen.

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  32. Lindsey,
    You make a great point! Thanks for coming by,
    Karen :)

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