Yes! It’s time for the first FMF of the year. FMF is a flash mob of writers who are sometimes held back by perfectionism. You simply write for five minutes. And it goes a lot faster than you realize, so you can’t go back and edit yourself real easily. You can find the word over on Kate’s blog, or you can follow the twitter party (on Thursdays) by using the hashtag #fmfparty on Twitter.
Regardless, just write.
Then go back to Kate’s blog and link up and read other people’s posts and comment on them. Because the Five Minute Friday community is more than just writing. It’s also about connection and community. Which leads to today’s prompt. Connect
It really isn’t about the words. It’s about the people. The like-mindedness. Not always the same exact beliefs, but the same common belief in a living God. And that writing makes the world a better place.
It’s about joining together for an hour or more on Thursdays to talk about cilantro and coffee and Christmas and New Year. It’s about knowing that this person just really doesn’t feel very good, because the tone of their words isn’t normal for them.
It’s about the connection. It’s about finding the ties that bind us together as human, and making life long friends that you will never regret having. It’s about learning how to connect with people who are hundreds if not thousands of miles away from you. It’s about having friends you may never meet in real life, but they can be and are your friend, simply because you are both writers.
It’s about praying for one another. And sharing the struggles of illness, and depression, and surgeries. It’s about walking together in the Lord.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned that connecting with others is sometimes difficult in real life. Online can be a little easier. Some might say “It’s not real.” Well, it sure feels real to me.
I have connected with a group of writers that get together every week and write.
Five Minute Friday isn’t about the words we write, but the connections we make.