Day 70: 5 Minute Freewrite - Prompt: Surprise coming to you!

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Prompt: Surprise coming to you!

This prompt is inspired by @wandrnrose7

Set your timer for 5 minutes
Start writing
Use the hashtag #freewrite
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.

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.

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

  • 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.

  • Check out @ghasemkiani if English is not your first language. He explains many idioms. Often to use those correctly is the biggest struggle when using a foreign language. He uses #idioms-tutorial.


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

Here is an excellent article explaining how to maximize your vote. It helps you to grow to vote wisely!!

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

This post is talking about using your vote for maximum curation and our fellow freewriter @miniature-tiger won this week!! He knows how to do this! Congrats! Read the post here


The challenge to read your stories on DTube is on!! Please feel free to edit your stories as much as you wish.

Here is the challenge video

@snook has become the video queen!! Visit her profile and check it out. @mariannewest @byn have also taken on the challenge. Check it out.

Just remember that Dtube is still in Beta and sometimes things don't work. Just come back after a little while and try again... and drop a link in the comments so I can feature you in the new Dtube section of the prompt.

Let's use #Dtubefreewrite for our readings so we can find each other!

Staying Legal

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

Collaborations and the Freewrite Netflix

@whatisnew and @deaconlee came up with a funny collaboration piece. Check it out and make sure you start with the first part

The new Freewriter Netflix Series is growing:

It all started with @omra-sky's Freewrite
Then the responses and follow ups started streaming in.
First snook
And brisby
Back to snook
f3nix took a vacation from his vacation to produce the next part

If you are new to this freewriter community, some of the innuendos might not make sense - they are all referring to previous freewrites or comments.


Remember, we have our own room in the Isle of Write Discord!
Here is the link to join .

If you like this and want more people to come out and play - resteem!

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


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She was walking on a trail leading up to the mountain peak as she was enjoying the nature the more she moved upward she was breathing heavy, the cold air filled her lungs and she felt free. She wanted to be alone in her thoughts so much to think about, but no she wasn't going to think about that. Not today. She was doing this to be one with nature, one with herself. As she trodded going up up up she started to get light headed and at the same time feeling what was lost was okay, she was going to be ok

You did great!!! thank you for writing with us!! Here is your next prompt:


Finally!!! I got one done (and talked my son @knightengale into trying the whole freewrite game, too!!!)

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Everyone is such great writers here now! It's so wonderful to see so many new people joining!!! Yaaaaay!
pretty soon I will not belong.....

What???? You! Snook!! Are the BEST!!!!!! And you are a great writer and you will always belong. Anyways, we already are resident's in Omra-sky's house and nothing!!!! nothing can face us!!!!!!
Love to you!!

Thank you............I'm sorry......I'm having a bad day and very tired from all the videos and such. It took a lot out of me but I was having so much fun I forgot to pace myself like I usually do.........
Just get tired once and a while not to be able to do everything I want.......when I want.......
don't worry, I will be better tomorrow but I think for today I'm best off not commenting anymore LOLL ✿

I know those days only too well. I always want to do more than I possibly can do lol

sleep, my friend, and tomorrow is another day...

I am back :D

Been a while... I missed doing this :)

And we missed you!!!!!

@tattoodjay Introduced me to Steemit & Freewrite. Here is my first post:
Enjoy & many thanks in advance!

Welcome to the freewriters zoo @starfall .."mother of 4 if you count my husband" hahaha priceless.

Welcome. So glad @tattoodjay told about us. He is a great guy!!

The @OriginalWorks bot has determined this post by @mariannewest to be original material and upvoted it!

To call @OriginalWorks, simply reply to any post with @originalworks or !originalworks in your message!

Marian if I don't want to do a post can I just write it under here, near with me I have brain degeneration and have lost alot of my intelligence but for the most part I get by

Yes, you can just post it right here as a comment!! You will do great! And who knows, this writing and all the smoothies you are going to have might help your brain.
Always remember! We don't judge here. Everyone to their own abilities. It is all good.
Love for you to join the fun.

You are so kind❤️ thank you😊

Now this is weird. I was just talking my wife about The Shining. 2 seconds later, I see your link. I'll go read it.

Hahahha :D I just couldn't resist myself when it came to mind... and I'm laughing like a little kid again now that you've come across it. haha :D

Hope you like it! :D

Yes, I thought it was great :-)


your link is wrong :(

woops, thanks. I corrected the link.

YAY! You did it!!! You're a great writer... you must take after your mother!

(and I promise this is the only 'embarrassing-mom' comment I'll ever make.)

**today, anyway. :)

My submission for the freewrite (as well as my first post): Surprise coming to you.

I love all the information you supply with your #freewrite posts, @mariannewest! I learn something ever time!

Thank you!! Hope you write with us again :)
here is the new prompt

@mariannewest, you are ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!! Your initiative is genius and your help and support to everyone here is outstanding! Hats off to you!!

Thank you for all the links included in your 5 Minute Freewrite intro article. I read with the great interest your chosen posts, and I found your timer link super handy. I always used my kitchen timer when I needed to time something when working on my computer, that timer site will be much better :-)

The Blue-Pencil Editors is a cool and clever idea too. As to me, I am using Grammarly, but I only have the free version and always wonder about those advanced issues found...

If I start really writing on Steemit, (if... for I am still debating if Steemit is for me), I will get the premium one and will check once and for all, if a software program can really do a job of a human editor.

And as to that if... From a monetary viewpoint, I am afraid that Steemit is very shrewdly designed; that most of the members here instead of withdrawing their earnings, will keep on Powering Up for the future profits and recognition, and that new members will keep on spending most of their hard earned money on various upvote bots and other "helpful services".

That Steemit, like most of the online opportunities, is a hen laying golden eggs, but not for all, but mainly for those who joined at the beginning.

I saw some ugly posts concerning the flagging wars, (that surely was not encouraging), and I saw some more not so nice things...

But, on the other hand, I met here people like you and many other wonderful people, and the idea of the blockchain powered social blogging platform is a beautiful idea that can positively influence many. many people.

I hope it was OK for me to share this here even though I do not participate in the 5 Minute Freewrite Challenge. Though, you know what, that was kind of 5 Minute Freewrite ;-)

Yes, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.

I agree that it is heavily tilted towards those who started early and they have a lot of power on the platform. The flagging wars were awful and personally, I am not very much into the bot thing. Actually, the white papers say there shouldn't be bots...
That said, I feel that this platform also has some very supportive people on it and it certainly pays more than FB or any of those platforms do.
I think in the beginning, people do need to power up all their earnings to get to more voting power and reap curation benefits. but there are quite a few who have made working on here their main job and cash out the SBD they are earning and keep growing their steempower with the steem portion of the pay out.

And Steemit has share buttons to at least FB and Twitter. So, any post to those platforms can be written on here and then shared.

But I know what you are saying. If you already have a good income from other platforms, this might not be so attractive - but could be part of an overall strategy.

Hope you stay and at least post once in a while :)

Marianne, I was going through all your blogs now and just realized that you have resteemed my last post. Thank you very much for it, I should have noticed that earlier, there are still so many things I need to learn and know here.

Instead of reading all the FAQ here and the white paper, I prefer to spend that time reading people's posts and learn in the process. This is my usual learning style, I hardly read any instruction manuals ;-)

Once again, thank you very much for all your help and support, and nope, I am not going anywhere yet, I am going to give Steemit my 25% best effort. The other 75% goes now into altcoins and trading. Quite a lot has changed in my life from the time I wrote my intro post here, Maryanne I am slowly but surely becoming a crypto coins trader :-)

good for you!! I still haven't gone that route yet. But will...

Marianne, please help me here:

how in a fair blogging system platform, one can get more votes than views??

I am NOT teazing you, I am sincerely looking for a sensible explanation.

(BTW, it feels super good knowing that I can write here and you will read me, but, it is you, not the system ;-)

fair - I don't know if any system is fair. That said, it looks like you got lucky and had a curator give you a vote. Often, curators have a whole trails of votes following them.

This is good for the person who gets the vote - but also for the person voting. by voting, you earn curation rewards. Granted, they are much less than author rewards, but still, it is something. If you let your 100% voting power just sit there, it doesn't do anyone any good.
Many people want this platform to succeed and want people who post quality content to stay. So, they actively look for good posts and give them attention. Obviously, that takes a lot of time and not everyone can do this. But many want to support those authors as well. So, they join a curation trail. A finds the content, votes on it and B_Z automatically also cast a vote - often a very small percentage, but en mass, it adds up.
they earn curation rewards without having to worry about it, the person voted on gets a better payout and hopefully, everyone is happy in the end.
Hope that makes sense...

Oh my. The Most Dangerous Writing app sounds awesome!!!

I used it only twice and found it's pretty dangerous, as the name suggests, since you don't have time to filter all the bullshit flowing out from your brain :-P

Here is my freewrite for today! Thanks for using this prompt!

Okay, this was my first time and it was AMAZING! @MarianneWest is a genius and I can't believe I never did this before in all the years I've been writing. I love you people!

Here's my post. It includes the freewrite but also some other stuff because I felt the freewrite was too little for me to post, but I really wanted to post it too lol:
I'm Back with "Annie's Surprise"