So, here’s the skinny: I’ve been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Just painting with words. Finger-painting even.

So now on Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Your words. This shared feast.

A Five Minute Writing Challenge <—click to tweet this!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready? Please give me your best five minutes on:





I can read and read and still not see.

Hours of bumpy skies en route from Arkansas back to Virginia has me in seat 11 C shifting between closed eyes and eyes wide open to a book. Not a single seat open. All these heads stretching out in front of me. The baby wails as we make our descent.

I mark the pages. Story after story of how children are changing the world.

The baby cries more and passengers around him shift uncomfortably.

Their grown up sensibilities insensitive to where they come from. How their hands and feet used to fit in all that tight package of frightened vulnerability.

We want silence and forget that every journey started with that babble of life. Each head, each checked bag, each presumption that parents ought to get the job done better began in diapers.


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