Five Minute Friday — Write

We call it Five Minute Friday. It’s where everyone writes for five, unedited minutes all on the same prompt. This week, that prompt is the challenge itself, the dare, the scary. This week’s prompt is WRITE.

The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( Her rules: no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because she had been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people — a couple of hundred strong — who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. And I’m proud to say I’m one of them.

So, here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

Write. That’s what I do for a living. So this should be, as they say, easy peasy.

It isn’t. Writing is not just a series of words strung together. It’s a thought hopefully brought to life like the artistic chisel of a sculptor.

There are a lot of people who write for a variety of reasons. Some to just journal, others to report the facts, still others to entertain and others because they have to as a class assignment. But it all starts from the same place with different results. That place is the heart and mind.

I like to think a successful story, whether fiction or non-fiction, reporting or papers, have a common ingredient — painting a word picture in the reader’s mind. As an editor I always tell my reporters a story is successful only if readers can paint that image in their mind’s eye. They have to feel like there were there. They have to connect. They have to respond.

Not everything I’ve ever written — nor most of what I’ve written over the past 45 years — comes close… STOP

… but that’s the goal. And every once in a while a writer knows … all is right with the world.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:  Going around in circles won’t make you a big wheel.


About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Write

  1. Elizabeth P says:

    Hi Joe! I’m stopping by from Five Minute Friday this week and I’m glad I did. I appreciate your lucid thoughts about the source of writing. It’s a “thought…brought to life.” That is what I desire to do in my writing and I love that moment when it happens. It makes all the moments it doesn’t happen worth slogging through…

    • Don’t let your fingers overshadow your mind and heart. Most writers I know are not in it for the fame or money or statistics {although they are nice to have} but because they have something from the heart to say.

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