Five Minute Friday – Fight

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last time (way back in early December) the word was reflect.

Today’s writing prompt is… FIGHT.

five minute friday fight

Five Minute Friday

Writing is a funny thing.

Sometimes, when I sit down at the keyboard, the words are already swirling in my head.  They stream out my fingers and onto the screen almost without effort.  Fully formed ideas and paragraphs appear as if by magic.  While my fingers are typing, some small part of me is following along as the cursor moves, reading words as if for the first time.

Sometimes, the backspace key is the most overused thing.  I bang it repeatedly… typing four words and deleting three (or seven).  When the words don’t flow, it’s torture.  It feels as if each idea is ripped from me, tearing away a small part of me with each letter.  I bang against my keyboard like I’m fighting a long term enemy, each letter a bullet.

When holidays and vacations come, my world turns topsy turvy.  Right along with schedules and routines, the pattern of my words changes.  What was easy in solitude becomes a fight in a home filled with boy.

(In the short time I’ve written this I’ve removed my headphones no less than FIVE times to answer a question.)

Returning to easy is a fight.  Returning to that space where the words flow like water isn’t like turning on the faucet.  It takes time.  It takes faith.  It takes sitting down in the same spot over and over each day until the easy returns.

And it takes Five Minute Friday.

It was in the small Friday spaces, five minutes at a time, that I learned to trust that the words would come.  It’s where I first learned that the torrent of words typed through the haze of tears was sometimes best left unedited and raw.  It’s where I first began to trust that sometimes… just sometimes… it’s ok not to be perfect.  It’s ok to trade raw and real for polished.

And in the months (and years… wow) since, it has always been through Five Minute Friday that the words return.  No matter how big the writers blog or insurmountable the blogging mountain seems, the words always return on a Friday.

Easy returns like an old friend.  Five minutes at a time.  I win the fight.

easy returns like an old friend


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

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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. Love it! Lisa-Jo would love this, too! One of these days I may hit a daily flow and rhythm, but I’m so glad you fight for it here in this space.
    Amy Tilson recently posted..Five Mintue Friday – Fight the Good FightMy Profile

  2. Although I’m still not completely on board with the daily writing challenge like the one you did last fall, I have been tempted to jump on the Five Minute Friday bandwagon largely because I think it would help me with my writing and would be fun. Baby steps…
    Mo recently posted..Making Predictions And Scoring PointsMy Profile

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