5 Minute Friday: Why Do I Write?

This morning I am joining in on Lisa-Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday.  This week’s prompt word is writer.  I have 5 minutes to write.  No deep thinking, no editing.  Here goes!

Five Minute Friday

I’m not used to calling myself a writer, but writing has always been a big part of my life—

  • In school, I re-wrote (yes, by hand like the ancient dinosaurs did) my lecture notes to study.  If I write something down, I don’t forget it!
  •  In my senior English IV class, I will never forget Mr. Woods telling me that my writing was too “wordy.”  I still have to edit my writing over and over, deleting extra words!
  • I don’t express my feelings very well verbally, especially anger or fear.  If I write down my feelings, I can see them in black and white and deal with them.  I feel the anger or fear leaving my body just by writing it down.
  • Sometimes—actually a lot of times—I don’t get a chance to write down my feelings.  I do this weird thing in my head where I think of what I would write down.  My brain must think in words, because imagining that I am writing it all out makes me feel better!
  • I love to write about my personal experiences with God.  He has shown me His mercy and love so much in my life that I hope to share that with others.
  • I always get very nervous for others to read what I write.  It’s so personal that it feels like I am letting them read my diary!


This is how I feel when I write:


5 thoughts on “5 Minute Friday: Why Do I Write?

  1. The best and worst thing about writing is that you find yourself doing it ‘in your head’ all the time. Sometimes I feel myself narrating what I’m doing in the midst of everyday tasks, out of habit of writing about whatever I do.

    It reminds me of the film ‘Stranger than Fiction’ with Emma Thompson. It’s about a guy who hears his life being narrated as he lives it. a must see for every writer 🙂


    • I will put that on my list of movies to see. Unfortunately, after 9 kids I rarely watch anything once the kids are finally asleep. 🙂 Glad to know I am not the only one doing that weird thing in my head. 🙂


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