It’s time for Five Minute Friday and I know what this says, but I will confess to you, I didn’t get up this morning. I blame the lack of hazelnut coffee creamer. I’m joining with Lisa Jo and the incredible community of writers who write on a one word prompt for five solid minutes every Friday. No editing. No overthinking. No fear. Well, working on that. Today’s prompt is…
When I get up to write, the house is still dark and my only motivation to crawl out of the warm bed and stumble to the cold living room to turn on a lamp is the coffee maker. Thank goodness for auto program. It starts dripping at 5 a.m. and even though I want to hit the snooze on the alarm, the steady percolating from the kitchen helps me up.
I write in the quiet because my day is usually so full of noise and requests and squeals and fussy babies that I crave just the quiet. I lose myself in the thoughts and the words and the possibilities for just a few moments before everyone else is up and begging waffles or milk or cuddles.
I write because I’m scared. I’m scared I’ll look back and wish I had, I’m scared no one will ever want to read it, I’m scared someone actually will. I write because there are stories that have been told over and over so many times, but no one has ever told stories of mothers and daughters and sunsets and first loves the way I will.
I write because when I was nine years old my mama put a copy of Little House in the Big Woods in my hands and I was transported to another place. I write to capture that for someone else, to be that transporter, to share a story that has a different meaning for the person who might someday be on the other side of the page than it has for me right now typing the words.
I write even though I don’t know if anything will ever come of it, even though no one’s ever paid me a dime to do it, even though I sometimes think I’d be better off reading great writers than ever trying to be one.
I write because I’m not alone even though it’s the most solitary time of my day.
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