Joy: Five Minute Friday

I know I’m a good writer but…

I’ve doubted myself. And then I began the University of Iowa course, “How Writers Write Fiction,” and learned that I’m a better writer than I thought. It’s a scary bit of knowledge. A bit of knowledge full of joy. I never thought I’d be able to commit all that goes on inside to paper so that it makes sense.

in the oceanThe surface of my life is only a tiny part of reality. I’m like that line in A Horse With No Name: “The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground and the perfect disguise above.” We see all that water but don’t recognize that there is a huge ecosystem we can’t live in. There’s so much more under the visible surface.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of my completed assignments. It would be sheer joy to have my readers’ comments.


On Friday (and occasionally Saturday if Friday is filled with an excess of other activities),100s of bloggers set a timer, write for 5 minutes, and then post the results over at Kate Motaung’s blog, Heading Home. She provides the prompt on Thursday evening. We don’t edit or concern ourselves with whether our writing is flawless or worthy to be seen. We expose our incomplete, unpolished thoughts and words to each other and our readers and tweet them with the hashtag #FMFParty. Join us.

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  1. I, too, look forward to reading. Thank you for sharing your literary gift as well as your past pains and ongoing strengths.

Tell me what you think. Thanks.

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