It’s the fastest, funnest, free write on the web #FiveMinuteFriday ! <–Click to Tweet this

Where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic and then sharing ’em over here.

How to Join:

Want to know how Five Minute Friday got started and how to participate? All the details are here.

Featured Five Minute Friday:

And every week I’ll pick a post that caught my eye and share it down there in my side bar – see where it says “Featured Five Minute Friday”? Yea -that could be you! Hop on over and visit some folk who make fireworks in just five minutes. They inspire me.

What They’re Saying:

I also have some Five Minute Friday stories from participants I love to share each week – I can never get over the community that has grown up over a five minute writing exercise.

This one’s from Linda who spent five minutes writing on the topic “connect” and then unplugged for seven days so she could be fully in the moment with her family:

As I finished up the 300 second post, I knew for certain that I was going to say ‘no’ to writing for a week.  Because I can’t be in two places at once.  And writing takes a focused energy and concentration that I wanted to pour into my family instead. I made the choice to give us all the gift of me being absolutely right there in the middle of the joyful chaos and whirlwind activity, the quiet one-on-one moments, and the winsome surprises that come with living with the 11 people closest to my heart.  For 7 days.’

You all are the special sauce. Got a FMF story you want to share with us? Email me.

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

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..

Oh and Ahem, if you would take pity and turn off comment verification, it would make leaving some love on your post that much easier for folks!

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



For all the years I’ve traveled and hitch hiked between houses and brown boxes and bubble wrap you’d think I’d have mastered the art of good-bye by now. Truth is, the more grown up I become in this body that sings the tunes of three children these days, the more I loathe a good-bye song.

I can be stubborn.

I can wish it undone.

I can whistle at the dark and into the wind and pretend rather than buckle down and say the hard words.

Because some people aren’t just part of your team, they’re part of your art. And when you paint one-handed you feel less for the creativity that got missed on part of the paper. Sometimes good-bye is like leaving a part of yourself. Or having a part of yourself pack up and drive away.

What does one do with all these half-painted dreams?

Perhaps we look to the horizon for the storm clouds and promises of fresh rain.

Perhaps we stop looking at our own two feet and find fresh eyes to look out for fresh seasons.

Perhaps we keep believing. Keep painting. Keep coloring outside the lines.

Perhaps we don’t say good-bye. We just say tot siens.


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