Time for Five Minute Friday thoughts. I can’t wait to join my fellow writers at the Community link-up at fiveminutefriday.com as we share our pearls of wisdom or our pig’s ears and just mix and mingle like we do at our #fmfriday Twitter party on Thursday night awaiting the prompt.
I’ve been sharing snippets taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat compiled by Susan Shipe. They are a testament to the value of the exercise. This week, I’ll share some perspective from Kristin. I hope she inspires you to check us out … and maybe join in?
“I’ve been inconsistent writing for the Five Minute Friday link up throughout the years, but my words are always welcomed. That’s what I love about this flash mob writing community. These writers know our words and stories matter. Sometimes instead of writing stories, we’re living them, hence the lack of post for any given week, but our words are welcomed. Five Minute Friday is a community of people who come to their computer screens from all kinds of lives. There are stay-at-home moms and women who’ve never had kids. There are empty nesters and newlyweds. There are single ladies and a couple of brave men. People have jobs and insecurities and dreams. All of that comes to the virtual table of the gatherings that begin on Twitter each Thursday night and carry over to everyone’s blogs on Friday and throughout the coming week. There are so many ways to be a writer and this community embraces them all.”
With that, the prompt has been revealed — PROGRESS — and the timer is set. So, it’s time to GO…
As writers we often refer to WIP– work in progress. It could be at any stage, the beginning, middle scenes or ending. We refer to them as in progress because they are not finished.
As authors we’re threading the story, developing the characters, bringing them to life, and ultimately to a resolution. For me, I’m more of a Hallmark writer, recognizing the plot twists but ending up under the proverbial mistletoe.
In a way, our lives are that way too. Of course, we’re replaced by the Author who has outlined a flow for our story. It may take unpredictable twists and turns and we — being humans with free will — sometimes follow down a wrong path (our plot twist). We’re the characters being developed. We’re having the adventures, the happiness, the sadness. And we are being weaved into a dramatic climax by our Author.
Unlike our … STOP
… writing, however, is how much we — the characters — influence the ending. We know what the Author intends, but unlike the personalities we develop, we have a say in how the story ends.
We are a WIP, a work in progress. We can twist the plot and end up chasing a rabbit hole to death, destruction, and hell or we can follow the Author’s outline for a happy ever after.
What progress are you making on your story?
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Enjoy the day, for today’s moments will be tomorrow’s memories.
So true. We are a work on progress. He is making each of us into His Masterpiece. We just need to be patient until the work is done.
I love that scripture says God is the author AND perfecter of our faith. I’ve often heard writers say the their books or characters develop themselves, but I’m so glad that I give that authority back over to Christ.
Amen. I always feel I create my characters but I am guided by God to develop them for a greater message.
I am most definitely a wip with always a plot twist. I kinda like it that way when we let our heavenly author lead 😊 life is never dull. Great post God Bless fmf #7
Thank you. I most certainly am a WIP too. Can’t wait for the next chapters.
The plot got really twisted
like Hell’s Gordian knot,
and the more that I resisted
the more that I was caught
by the threads around my feet
that bound me to the fire
wherein I would surely greet
fate I did not desire.
And then God, He ambled up,
whistling through His teeth;
drinking from a plastic cup
He drew knife from its sheath
to cut away my slavery
that I might in His name be free.
Glad you visited. Thank you for being you and an inspiration to many.
Aiming for that happy ever after but definitely a WIP! Loved your parallels!
Thank you. I try
yes, a work in progress all the way Home!