I like to write. In the past I have enjoyed blogging. But lately I have been stuck. There are so many blogs. So many people saying really good things. I sit in front of my computer screen and watch the cursor blink and wonder what I could possibly have to say. I will start a new post but get lost in the details. Or feel it is not good enough. So I never hit “post” and my folder fills up with unfinished drafts.
During the month of October hundreds of bloggers participate in 31 Day – A Writing Challenge, where they challenge themselves to post something every day in the month of October. I have read many of the posts and series in the past but have just felt too overwhelmed to participate. This year I discovered that one of my favorite writing challenges, 5 Minute Friday, is hosting a 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. That, I believe, I can do.
So here I go, every day in October I will set aside 5 minutes to free write. Each day has a prompt. Some days I will write in the early morning hours with my cup of coffee nearby and the house quiet. Some days I will grab five minutes in the midst of the normal chaos of our days. Some days I will pull out five minutes before I head to bed. I will free write whatever comes into my head. I won’t worry about editing. I won’t worry about being perfect. I will write for five minutes and then hit post. Maybe the daily writing will inspire me. Maybe it won’t. But I need to show up and try.