For me, Memorial Day means…

Write a response to the phrase “For me, Memorial Day means…”  Friday 5-minute writing prompt.

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period of time.
If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – “For me, Memorial Day means…” or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

In my wildest dreams…

Friday five-minute writing prompt – In my wildest dreams…Last night, last week, last year, or something you’ve only fantasized about.

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – In my wildest dreams…

 or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes:  this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

 

My greatest surprise in 2011 – Friday 5-minute writing prompt

 

Let’s look back at 2011 and reflect on your greatest surprise. Here is an opportunity for you to just let your thoughts flow around the first thing that pops into your head. This is a five-minute writing exercise; a free-writing exercise. Open a new word document, or pick up your favorite writing instrument and get out a clean sheet of paper. Set the timer for five minutes and keep your pen/fingers moving. Spelling doesn’t count. Write what comes to the surface no matter what it is and whether or not it sounds like it belongs with this writing prompt. Repeat the phrase – my greatest surprise in 2011 – and do not think – Write! Surprise yourself! Surprise me with your response! I’d love to hear all about it.


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I have a weakness for…Friday Five-minute Writing Prompt Results

I have a weakness for notebooks of all shapes and sizes. Mostly unlined, but sometimes I’ll like the shape enough that I’ll buy something with lines. I love the freedom of being able to write in any direction I want. My favorite is the huge size – 11 by 17 artist sketch books. They just offer so much possibility. I can create an enormous collage on two pages spread out. My heart races thinking about being able to decorate all the space along with the spiral in the middle. Oh yes, I love the spiral. I add a ribbon so that I can keep track of what page I’m on. It helps me keep a sense of order. I’ve added pockets to some of them too. I found some fancy ribbon in San Francisco at this fabulous fabric store. The ribbon actually had a pocket in it. Not a very sturdy pocket, so it wouldn’t hold anything except a few scraps of paper or maybe a stamp. I like to buy colored clasp envelopes and glue them to the inside cover of the journals.

I have a weakness for…Friday Five-minute Writing Prompt Sept 16, 2011

What do you have a weakness for?  What can’t you resist, or never seem to get enough of? Set the timer for five minutes, get out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document and let your imagination run wild. See you back here tomorrow to compare notes about what our weak spot.