Day 330: 5 Minute Freewrite: Friday - Prompt: You walk through a door - what do you see?

in freewrite •  last year 


Be Generous!!

Now is the time to step up our effort to help @cefralelo. Her surgery was scheduled for September 7th and got delayed to the 14th and now, she got an infection and the new date is Wednesday! Inflation is real in the country. Please, keep upvoting her posts as much as you can and keep some Steem handy in case she needs some more last minute funds...

I am going to post every day. I know the payout will not be in time, but I have advanced 130 Steem from my own funds already. I will replenish my wallet with the future payouts and am keeping Steem ready in case she needs more. We have come a long way and I want to make sure that this will happen.

A Huge Thank You to All of You That Already Have Taken Action!!!

It really is restoring my faith in humanity to see you all stepping up and helping those in need.

If you are not familiar with our effort, here is the first fundraising post. expired - do not vote on it.

@cefralelo's post explaining her situation

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Prompt: You walk through a door - what do you see?

  • Set your timer for 5 minutes
  • Start writing
  • Use the hashtag #freewrite and #freewritepoetry if it turns out to be poetry
  • Publish your piece (include a link to this post if you wish)

Copy and paste your URL into the comment section of the prompt post.

If your freewrite turns into a poem, please use in addition to #freewrite also either #freewritepoetry or #freewritepoetrydigest so we can find you! Tell us which prompt you are using in your post to be eligible for the Recommend Post and the Poetry Digest.

  • Or, if you don't want to publish your freewrite, just copy and paste as a comment under the prompt post.

If you don't know what a freewrite is, here is a link to the introduction post.

Here is @snook's excellent tutorial on how to join our freewrite adventure

And @improv's input:

Two things I do a little differently. I just type "timer" into google and it pops up a 5-minute timer. I also type directly into steemit. I also rarely use a photo, don't I? So that's three things.

Please read, comment and vote (if you have voting power) on each others freewrites as much as you can. Especially if you are new to the platform, you will be surprised how many friendships are formed by reading and commenting on each other's work!


Let's Do Community!!!

As many of you know, we have a Spanish speaking Freewrite effort going on. The fearless leader is @latino.romano who is putting a lot of effort into building the Spanish language community. Thank you!!

But that is not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about Venezuela.
If you listen to the news at all, you know that the country is having a lot of difficulties right now - and many are suffering.

I know that we can't change the country or help all that are suffering right now. But we can help our Freewrite Community members - at least a little bit.
Please, upvote the following people as often as you possibly can!


And try to sponsor them into SBI.


We are thinking of doing a collaboration workshop on how to get a manuscript ready for publishing. Let me know if you are interested - both, to either share your expertise and/or to learn...


If you have a business on Steem you want to share, let me know. I will start a dedicated section in the resource portion of the prompt posts.

A Contest I found You Might Want to Enter.

  • An easy contest to win SBI. Just leave a comment. It is called: Steem Basic Income 72h Raffle and repeats on a regular basis. Visit @elleok and find the latest raffle.

Contests by our Fellow Freewriters

If you are running a contest let me know, I will list it here 😄

  • is hosting an ongoing writing contest on zappl!! If you don't know what that is, here is your chance to learn another application to the blockchain. Please check his profile for the latest contest post.

  • @improv is the master of puns! Enter his Punday contest at his profile @improv. This week's post

  • The Constrained Writing Contest by our fellow freewriter @svashta is on! Check his blog for the latest contest.

Ongoing Contests by supporters of the Freewriters


Remember to check your voting power. Do not vote for a while if you are under 90! or use

If your vote is below 0.03 - this is a must read by @thedarkhorse. Vote Dust

This is an initiative called @dustsweeper that is helping all of you [who deal with vote dust](Here is an initiative to help all of you who are dealing with voting dust. find the details here)

Here is an excellent article explaining how to maximize your vote by @taskmaster4450. It helps you to grow to vote wisely!! And a more recent one

And here is a counter opinion on voting by our freewriter @improv

This post is talking about using your vote for maximum curation. Thank you, Asher @abh12345 Read the post here

Bandwidth Problems

I know that many of you are very new to the platform and your wallets are pretty empty. Believe me, we all started there!! Here is an excellent article which explains what bandwidth is and why you might have a hard time logging in some days - or posting. Thank you @jrswab for this explanation

There are many contests on Steemit. From art to music to writing and everything in between. Enter as many as you can!! And take advantage of the free money people give away I listed in the money section below.

Spanish Freewrite Initiative

The Daily Prompt is now also being published in Spanish and a Spanish language community is forming.

@latino.romano is the leader of the community and I am sure, he would love for you to stop by and say hello - in any language. If you are bilingual, please feel free to publish you freewrite in both languages and drop the link at both Daily Prompt posts.

Está publicada la versión en español de hoy @latino.romano

Writing help

  • A free app: Grammarly. A lot of us are not native English speakers and I am finding it a helpful app. It will underline spelling and grammar mistakes. Just remember that is is not always right -especially if you use complex sentence structures. Here is the link

  • Remember The Most Dangerous Writing App. You set the time - 5 min - and start typing. Don’t stop!!! It will destroy what you wrote if you stop for more than 3 seconds - and backspace does not count as writing on the app. If you are prone to stop and think - this app forces you to keep going. You can make corrections after the 5 minutes are over.

  • A timer. Egg timer is a free tool you can use on your desktop to set a time. This is useful for our freewrites or if you want to work in blocks of time and then take a break. Here is the link

  • I found this app through @emwalker. Use it regularly and it will help you type faster and more accurately. 10 fast fingers

  • @ntowl has started a new business here on Steemit you might be interested in. She is offering editing and formatting services for your posts at a very reasonable price.
    If you want your posts to shine, @ntowl can help.
    Check out her post here

  • Our fellow freewriter @arbitrarykitten has a business here on Steemit. Several editors are offering to edit and format your post for a small fee. Check out their intro post

  • Our discord channel Isle of Write has workshop rooms for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry where some of the experienced writers might be able to give some tips. Join with this link

  • If you are ready to get serious about improving your understanding of the English language check out @majes.tytyty blog. He has lots of useful information to understand words and their roots better. If you have questions or need help, leave a comment on his blog.

  • If you know of other helpful tools or people, please share with us!


There are several people who offer SBD for free on this platform! How great is that!!

Here are a few

  • @scrooger has a great "help the minnows" project. It is so easy!! Visit his profile for details.
  • @fisheggs - follow this account and you get upvotes at random times.
  • @sydesjokes - he rewards his followers with SBD for any kind of interaction with him- comment, vote, resteem.
  • @danielsaori - he does a comment contest. A new challenge every week.
  • @rexusmo - I think a few of you have started to leave links to your post. Every day, he has a cheering up post. You leave a link to a post you are proud off and you might get a reward. Keep trying!!
  • #newbiegames takes you to all kinds of games and competitions @newbiegames

These options cost you a little bit, but your return is manyfold and I highly recommend that you consider them.

  • @qurator is an initiative to support steemians who post good content. There is an initial sign up fee of 4 Steem. Your account will be checked and if approved, you will make that 4 steem back in the first month through qurator upvotes. Check their account and discord for more details.

  • @thundercurator is a human resteem and upvote service. Your upvote will always be more than the amount you send to them. Right now, the transfer required is 0.150 and you get at least a 200% upvote. check out their posts for more details.

Steemit Tools

This is the most comprehensive list of applications on this blockchain I have seen. I highly recommend that you bookmark it!! I also will include it in the growing resource section in the future. Steemit Tools

Staying Legal

This is an excellent article by @dmcamera on how to use images legally. A must read!!


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Here is my not-what-you-expect entry.
science fiction, fantasy, erotica
(this one is of the fantasy/science fiction part -- maybe I should add crackpot)

Everyone, this is cream of the crop freewriting!
It's as clever and laugh-out-loud funny as "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Highly recommended reading!

Wow! Just, wow, wow, and ohhhhh, how I hope you didn't write this from first-hand experience or eyewitness. Everyone, this is dark and brutal and packed with way more stuff than a 5-minute freewrite can hold - it's bursting at the seams with conflict, tension, horror, and a touching hint of backstory, a loving mother who protects her "too old for a piggyback ride" son by carrying him on her back through the war zone.
**Oops, I read the previous day's freewrite, I'll get caught up with the others.

  ·  last year (edited)

Like most Mamas would (I presume), I decided that I was done. Not because I was, but because I had to. If you know what I mean. LOL! As a mother, I do know what you mean. :)
Your photos are FANTASTIC - your daughter is a jewel - all parents should have a daughter like her as the firstborn. Our grandson, though, is a good contender: at age 2, he entertains his 9-month-old baby sister. She watches every move he makes, laughs, learns, and loves him to bits.
Stories and photos like yoursremind me to be glad I was not an only child. :) I was #4 of 5 girls, and I have waaaay more memories of fists and fingernails, but my sister Lori would read to me sometimes, and I was in utter awe of her ability to read. Mom was too busy to snap photos - once a year on birthdays, and Christmas, and little else! - but I'd love to have a picture of Lori reading to me.

  ·  last year (edited)

Interesting questions you raise, Kimberly, and I love the photo you chose!
My mom's generation takes "til death us do part" very seriously, but women who "submit" tend to forget the part where husbands are to treasure, honor, love, and care for their wives (Mom married at age 18 in 1955, which was the norm). Yes, she took a vow, for better or worse, but he took a vow too, and when "worse" turns into "abusive," it's time to re-examine this notion of accepting one's lot in life.

Yes, I entirely agree and have walked away from such a vow myself.
Interesting and intersecting and complex questions that I run through my own psyche. I know I'm younger than our mothers' generation, but grew up in a community/environment in which the vows were norm.
Thanks for stopping by to read.

Oooh, "To Be Continued" - I will hold you to that!
*** ....he looked up and saw a pair of eyes looking right back at him.
And the eyes were smoking.***

Well, dang! I hope 'Timmy-from-school' all in one breathless word (love it!) will show up again and find out what basements are like, but only long enough to escape and never be a victim. :)

Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

I love all the info that you always put in your posts. I always learn something. I wanted to let you know that the package that I sent to Venezuela from Amazon on August 14th just arrived today. it was delayed for quite some time in customs but it finally made it through!

That is fantastic!!! do you remember how much the shipping was?

I recently sent two $70 orders and the shipping was about $70 on each of them. I don't know if weight makes a difference or how they calculate shipping .

Amazon makes it very easy though. You can put together your whole entire order and then they tell you which things are not allowed to be shipped. You can go all the way up to the final invoice and still go back and change things if you want to. Andyou can see how much shipping will be before you actually place the order.

Thank you. That might be the better way to go now since inflation is so crazy over there. right now, I am holding on to all the steem to make sure that there is enough for Maria's operation...

There is so much need it's hard to know where to begin.

You are not kidding!

I upvoted your post.

Keep steeming for a better tomorrow.
@Acknowledgement - God Bless

Posted using condenser site.

  ·  last year (edited)

I've been very busy over the last few days (lots of driving and spending time with relatives)... so I am playing catch up...
Here is Splinters:

One door is just like another, right? Please enjoy THROUGH THE DOOR (5-minute Freewrite) by A.E. Jackson

I flunked the Friday Freewrite... or maybe I just decided to stop being a fraud and reveal how little I really can accomplish in 5 minutes. Wincing and cringing, I present the unfinished, unpolished, naked, ugly product of five minutes of unplanned prose. I had an idea where I was going and I know what Erik and Erie will see on the other side of the door, but I just wasn't getting there in a good way.