Five Minute Friday – WRITE

This week the word  for Five Minute Friday is WRITE.  I couldn’t stay away.  I just… had to…. write.

(Congrats to Lisa-Jo.  I’m super happy for her.)

Five Minute Friday

I know.  I’m doing the whole month on anger.  All 31 days of October – written on a single subject.

(if you’re looking for my post on anger for the day, give me a tick.  i’ll get it posted shortly.)

But I peeked this morning on the word of the day, and it just called to me.

How could I not write about WRITE.

I never expected to be a writer.

It took me by surprise.  Even after a year of writing this blog, I still wasn’t quite ready to see myself that way.

Notice I said “this blog” – it wasn’t my first.  There’s a whole string of bad blogs I’ve left behind.  Each one of them carefully marked “private” now, each one a tiny time capsule for my heart.

writing took me by surprise

It took me by surprise.  Even after unpacking the box of journal pages from my teen years.  Even after laughing with my husband at the bad poetry filled with my awkward teen angst.

It took me by surprise.  Even though the blank pages of any calendar or bible study are always crammed full with my own words.  Sometimes I even interlace my words with the printed ones on the page – my ideas so fresh and alive that I must write them then and there.

It took me by surprise.  Even though I have a life long love of words and ideas.

Writing took me by surprise.

I viewed it as a tool.  It was a means to an end.

And then suddenly, it became the end.

The process of writing became the goal.  It mattered not what the words were, I yearned only that they flowed from my heart onto the page.  I yearned for the process… not the product.

I looked at my husband of almost 15 years and whispered in shock

I am a writer.

And he leaned over and kissed me as he said

You always have been.

And love is like that.  We watch as those we love discover the truth about themselves that we have always known.   We celebrate each step of their becoming, delighting in their process of discovery.   When they announce it proudly to the world, we whisper in our hearts

I know.  You always have been.

i am a writer


Five Minute Friday  is hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama. Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.  Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love

During the month of October I’ll be writing for 31 days straight on a single topic.  I may or may not participate in Five Minute Friday for the next month.  I still love it and I promise I’ll be back.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Yes, yes, yes! You speak my heart here. Exactly why I had to write today, too, and all the doubts drowned right out! Thank you.
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    • The doubts make it hard. That’s part of why I participate in five minute Friday! When I started, I loved the excuse of “I only put five minutes into this, if it isn’t good then it’s clearly not my fault.” It gave me the freedom to mess up, to make mistakes, to post imperfection. Somewhere in that freedom, I learned to trust myself as a writer. It got easier.

      In five minutes, I don’t have time for fake. I don’t have time to fool around with pretense. I have time for the raw honest truth.

      I tend to write in the same spot all the time. When possible, it’s at the same time too. I send the family out the door, pour myself a cup of coffee, and sit down to write. By the time my laptop is open, the words are already forming in my head.

      When that pattern gets broken, it gets MUCH harder to write. I have no idea why.

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