Day 577: 5 Minute Freewrite: Monday - Prompt: window

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Prompt: window

  • 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!

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

Freewrite in Spanish: Check @latino.romano

Freewrite in German: Check @isarmoewe

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Also, I would love it if you all check out each others #freewrite and spread some love :)


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New Freeread Week

Participate in the Author Reading!! And find out the results of last week :)

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Monday is Micro Fiction with @jayna

Use the same prompt, polish your freewrite, and enter the contest. Details at @jayna's profile.

Freewrite House Adoptees of the Week

Do you have a recommendation?

Remember the Monday prompt is a collaboration with the microfiction contest wi[email protected] look for the Contest post on her profile - win 2 Steem.

Check out her contest post for more info. Contest starts every Monday and ends the following Saturday evening.

Check out the Freewrite house for current contests.

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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!


Contests by our Fellow Freewriters

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

  • brought back the #zapfic contest!! Write a story in 240 characters!

  • @improv is the master of puns! Enter his Punday contest at his profile @improv.

  • @whatisnew - Every Thursday a Nature related photo contest.

Ongoing Contests by supporters of the Freewriters

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  • Drawing/Comic Contest by @organduo: Pinky And Spiky Drawing Contest

  • @deemarshall Artstorm contests


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... Starting a Beta Reader Group now.


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.


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


German Freewrite Initiative

@isarmoewe is starting to publish the Freewrite prompt in German Monday through Saturday. A lovely community is already forming.

Please visit her blog and tell all your German friends!

Many of the Freewrite House Contests will be in German, Spanish, and English.


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.) - on hold for University exams

  • @thedarkhorse is running a weekly contest for a delegation for newbies who have less than 100 SP in their wallet. Visit his profile for the latest contest post.



Remember to check your voting power. or use

  • I am not sure if the following is still correct.
    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)

Also, check out @dustbunny - it is structured differently with the same goal in mind


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](

  • The 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!


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I will be back for freewriting soon. Spending more time with kids in day time and trying to adjust see whether my body can fit in "day time momma life, night time Steem life" lol. 😁

Sending love to you... ❤️

That balance is so hard. Throw in Twitter and such and overwhelm is easy!

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Me encantó:

"day time momma life, night time Steem life"
¿Puedo citarte con esta expresión?

Done! I'm lucky to get in one freewrite a week, these days. Just when I had given up hope on myself as a writer (something I do on a regular basis), my mom mentioned she had been reading my Steemit stories - she even remembered plots and characters, especially the widowed former demolition derby queen named Sarah Savage. No longer can I say "Even my own mother doesn't read me." Mom reads my stories! (But she likes them short. With pictures.) :)

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¿Partiko causa problemas?

Tienes razon. Todos tienen su ventana al mundo exterior.

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Not seeing this entry linked here so I'll beat her to it:

Heart's Desire by @blueeyes8960

Beautifully written - a boy in the attic, a wish by moonlight -don't miss it! I'll be nominating a lot of "window" prompt freewrites for Friday Favorites.

Aha, now I see that she didn't use the #freewrite tag. At IOW, not using the group tag would disqualify writers from being listed in the weekly roundup. @mariannewest, do you think writers should be required to use #freewrite to be included in Friday Favorites or to get listed in the Prompt post?
Her tags: microfiction flashfiction #powerhousecreatives humanizesteem qurator

Sorry for all the questions @mariannewest. She does write at the start of her post:

This is a microfiction story with a 250 word limit and the prompt of "window".

It is written for @jayna's microfiction contest. If you'd like to try this yourself and enter her contest, here is the link to her post. Even if you aren't planning on entering the contest, head over to her post anyway. Each contestant posts a link to their entry in the comments of that post, and you will find some very fascinating microfiction stories for your reading pleasure!

If she put the link under the prompt, I say go for it. We are super inclusive 😀👍

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Um, I'm the one who saw Prompt: Window, and posted the link to her freewrite in the comments section of this post. It took me a while to notice the missing #freewrite hashtag. (Last year, this was a source of stress for those who said it matters.) I'm just trying to stay out of trouble. Every year older I get, it gets that much harder! Off now to find me some more trouble

Let’s say that we like people to use the tag and it is probably best to pick from posts that have linked to the prompt. But you know how we roll. If you like it to be included, go for it. If you think it best to only include posts with the tag, that is fine too. This particular one might not have been a freewrite but a carefully crafted piece. We don’t know... Much love to you!

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"Our Lady is not a bureaucrat" - as Catholics have said of Mary, we can say of @mariannewest. I love you and your laid-back, go-with-the-flow spirit, Marianne! @blueeyes8960 apparently wrote Heart's Desire on May 20 in response to the Window prompt. She posted it the same day. She is a member of freewrite's Beta Readers group. While her post doesn't mention @freewritehouse, she does link to Jayna's weekly Micro-Fiction Contest, where Jayna writes,

We collaborate with the #freewrite community and @FreeWriteHouse to give writers an opportunity to polish those freewrite fiction pieces and re-post the refined version. A thank you to @mariannewest for helping to spread the word!

This story was written and polished in one day. Is it any less of a freewrite if we don't get to see the first draft? What is this WAS a first draft? If so, I'll be feeling like Salieri in the shadow of Mozart. :)

I have had so much fun following this conversation! Well we have succeeded in getting some buzz around our connected initiatives, @mariannewest! High five! I think it’s awesome that you linked @blueeyes8960’s story, @carolkean. It certainly launched an interesting discussion!

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Wow, I appreciate you adding my link here and how much you liked and supported my story! But when I did the post for @jayna's 250 word contest, I didn't follow the 5 minute rule for a freewrite. I concentrated on the 250 word limit rather than the time limit. So I don't think it would qualify (plus not using the freewrite tag). So thank you and @mariannewest for this conversation and deliberation! Next time, I'll do the freewrite FIRST, then polish it up for @jayna's contest as she suggests! It just feels kind of funny to make a post, then use the same content in another post. But it would be a different story I guess, after "polishing up". Thank you both again!

You are as scrupulous as you are talented, and I'm wincing here and slinking way thinking I'm a cheat, but then, I freely admit to never getting anything much down in five minutes. Nothing I'd publish. My son recommends publishing the honest, unvarnished five-minute drivel, then linking to a second post showing how I've expanded and revised. You-Tubers and Steemians know the value of serializing our work. More chances to get visitors, upvotes, comments, and so on. Me, I like to keep it all in one place. I hope you know that I'm not the only writer posting more than 5 minutes of output in response to the prompts. @mariannewest, maybe we need to add a disclaimer to the daily prompt posts, encouraging people to post even if they believe they "cheated" or "disqualified" themselves by taking more than 5 minutes?

@carolkean Don't worry, I did the same thing in the beginning. I felt like it needed to be a complete wonderful story, but now I actually use the timer and will only finish the sentence after the timer goes off. I like to do this because it FORCES me to just let the words flow and I think it has helped me to become a better writer. Now I do contemplate the prompt before I start the timer, so I have an idea of the direction of the story. Have you tried the 3 prompt weekend freewrite? That's my favorite one of all, and I can't seem to get to it most of the time. I bookmark the page for the beginning prompt and before I know it, the week is gone and I haven't gotten it written. 😭 Soo many irons in the fire and almost all of them in STEEM!

I guess I should get back to freewriting too!

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