My secret summer escape…

Friday five-minute writing prompt – My secret summer escape…

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 –  My secret summer escape…
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.

Favorite summer read

Friday five-minute writing prompt – What is your favorite summer read?

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 – My favorite summer read? 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.

What do you treasure?

Friday 5-minute writing prompt. Respond to the question: What do you treasure? Take out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document and set the timer for five minutes. Now just write. Don’t think about what comes up when your fingers grasp the pen, or the keys. Let the words come and enjoy the flow.

What are you excited about?

Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt – 

Right this minute, without hesitation or careful consideration, write for five minutes about the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the question:   what are you excited about?

 Set the timer for five minutes, get out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document on your computer and just write. Do not edit. Do not correct your spelling. Do not check for a synonym or antonym for your word choices. Just write and enjoy the process and let your words flow.

Transformation – Friday 5-minute writing prompt

OK. Set the timer for five minutes, get out a fresh sheet of paper and grab your fast-writing pen, or open a new word document on your computer and see where your imagination takes you when you start with the word transformation. Happy writing!

A rainy day is… Friday 5-minute writing prompt

What do you think of rainy days? Finish this phrase with the first thing that pops into your head. Keep your hand moving for five minutes. Challenge yourself not to take your pen off the paper, or let your fingers stop tapping the keyboard. Remember to set the timer for five minutes! Let your imagination take you on an adventure while your mind wanders into thoughts of rainy days past, or rainy days in the future. This is a chance for you to experience how much you can write in five minutes. Have fun with it!

Shape Up – Friday 5-minute writing prompt Jan 13, 2012

What comes to mind when you read, or hear, the words shape up? For your Friday 5-minute writing exercise start with the phrase shape up and write down whatever tumbles out of your head for the next five minutes. Take out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document, set the timer and just write. Do not stop to edit. Do not worry about grammar or if you are repeating yourself. If you get stuck, just write shape up and keep going until something else occurs to you.

One small change – Friday 5-minute writing prompt

January brings to mind things we’d like to change in how we show up in the world. Write about one small change you will do in 2012 as your Friday 5-minute writing prompt. Get out a fresh sheet of paper, your favorite writing instrument, or open a new word document on your computer. Set the timer for 5 minutes and GO. Do not stop to think about what you are writing. Let you hand move and just write! Do not stop until the timer goes off. I’ll bet you are surprised by what you write in just five minutes!