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Writing Prompt: Shoveling Snow

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In this month's essay, Abbey Nash describes how the physical act of shoveling snow cleared a path through a frustrating "Writing Day" morning. She writes, "I find that I am energized by the effort, by the burning and the throbbing. The repetition of bending, scooping, straightening, and tossing numbs my mind. All I can hear is the music from my headphones and the scraping of the shovel against ice. It's the monotony that clears my head. In my yard alone, shoveling snow, I am free."

When have you felt consumed or trapped by the daily demands of your world? How do you free yourself so you have space, time, and energy to write?

Karna ConverseĀ is a freelance writer who’s written everything from technical documentation and price proposals to newsletter articles, devotionals, personal profiles and essays. Her essays have been published in a variety of regional and national publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, Our Iowa, and on Iowa Public Radio. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Karna is a former blog editor, senior editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

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