Five Minute Friday: Five

Screen shot of an iPhone calendar reminder for Five Minute Friday, with the timer in the background set to 5 minutes.

(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)

Five Minute Friday: Five



Five fingers

Five toes

Five work days

Give me five

Five minutes

I can’t write about five.

I can’t write!

Lately I haven’t written.

I haven’t felt I had five minutes – not even five minutes with some time for quiet and focus to bang out something on the keyboard.

Not even five.

Since I went back to work a few months ago, I just have not had the time to myself I became accustomed to in order to write.

But maybe I need to get back in the saddle and suck it up.

I am not going to have much quiet time to myself.

But I still need to write.

I should still write.

I should write, even when it’s not still.

Coming up in October some folks are challenging each other to write something once a day, every day, for the entire month.

31 days in a row of “Five Minute Fridays.”

Maybe I should do it.

Maybe I need a short term, intense goal to instill some discipline in my writing again.

Five minutes.

Maybe the writing won’t be that great.

But maybe I need to learn how to do this even when I don’t have abundant quiet time to focus.

Especially when I don’t.

There’s lots going on to write about, heaven knows!

Get on it.


Screen shot of calendar reminder for Five Minute Friday. The time of day is 6:04. Along the bottom of the screen you can see where it says "try again."


One thought on “Five Minute Friday: Five

  1. I can so totally relate to this post. I’ve started adding pestering reminders to myself to post for Five Minute Friday as well just so I can start getting words out. I did the 5 Minutes every day in October last year and it was great for me. I hope you can make time in your schedule to get back to writing.

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