Five Minute Friday: Writer

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Writer. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Writer

It just so happens that I am in the middle of series on writing. For the first two posts, click here and here.

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The words squeak out, and I always look away when I say them. “I’m a writer. I write.” And then I look up to catch the surprise passing across the face of my conversational companion. They see a mother. They see a wife. They see a woman who quit working years ago to stay home and “keep house”, the stupidest explanation ever for what I do on a daily basis. I keep a family. But, I also write. And not always within the margins of my day, but for concentrated periods of time, where I punch an invisible time clock and settle in for my shift.

My thoughts come out in black and white. In vowels and consonants. So do my stories, the ones I can’t speak with my mouth, yet somehow they flow from my fingers. I’m a writer. I write. It’s preposterous, really. I feel dumb every time I say it because the list of writers I admire could be tattooed the length of my arms. I wear them like invisible sleeves, and to imagine my name among those pricked into my skin over 30+ years of reading is silly.

Madeleine L’Engle says stories help us to become more whole , more Named. And I know this too be true. I am more whole when I read, when I find myself in a novel. I am Named when I write. I discover more of myself in every word I lay down, and my hope is that you discover yourself there too.


What have you read or written recently that makes you feel more whole and Named?


  • very cool post. And yes, I feel silly sometimes to say I like to write, especially if I compare myself to others. Not sure about what I’ve written lately that makes me feel more whole or named… I just write because it’s in me to do. 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Keep writing, Annette:) If the words are in you, let them make their way out!

  • “I discover more of myself in every word I lay down” -yes and Amen. I agree with what you said, it can feel weird to say “I’m a writer”. Sometimes I feel judged as they look at my four littles or messy house- wondering if I should be writing with all that is already on my plate- but I can’t help it. I write and I see more clearly, feel more deeply and hopefully am a better wife and mom and friend because I am able to process all that is going on upstairs.:)

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I am definitely a better person when I write. My family can tell when I haven’t had enough writing time–it all gets a bit crazy up in my head;)

  • katy

    Oh how I relate. I feel that I often can’t name all of what I am feeling until I write it down. Words help me sort and organize and explain. Words also encourage in such a powerful way, because the same verse, phrase, paragraph can be reread every time one is down.
    You are a mom and a wife and a writer 🙂 And those that keep a family might be the most stressed and need an outlet of writing, and other women who keep a family may need the encouragement of reading what a mom writer says.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for your encouragement, Katy:) Mom, wife, and writer, YES!

  • I just loved his post. The fact is that my whole thought process and joy is found when I am typing or scribbling away. It has been that way for as long as I remember but I still feel I could never just simply say “I am a writer.” Perhaps it is because I hold so many of my favorite writers and communicators in awe. Thank you for your post today. I am dropping by from FMF. I look forward to reading your posts on writing too. I knew as soon as I came here that I wanted to know more about your thoughts on writing and already subscribed. Yep…YOU are definitely a writer. 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for stopping by and especially for subscribing, Kelly:) I appreciate it, and I hope you find something helpful, or at the very least, entertaining in my writing adventures;)

  • Cassi

    such true words for so many of us.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Writers unite! 🙂

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  • I just settled in on a cloudy Saturday afternoon to read your writing series. I loved it and I really found myself in so many of your thoughts. Thank you. I have done nothing–not one single thing–to put any of my work out there. I write on the blog. I write in my journal. That’s the extent of it. I would love to do articles and guest posts and such but honestly, I think about it and then feel like I’d rather take a nap. My go-get-it energy dried up in my mid-30s I think. I do have a couple of book ideas. Two actually. And I’m thinking to start a book proposal for one of them sometime soon-ish. Thanks so much for all of the resources and book recommendations. The only writing book I’ve read {half of} is Bird by Bird. And the War of Art {half of.} I have the worst habit of not finishing things. I dream–DREAM I tell you–of being a fiction writer but alas, it’s not in me. Through blogging I’ve learned I’m a real-life storyteller too. That’s probably one of the reasons I like you so much. : ) And for the record, you are a really, really wonderful writer! Probably a far better writer than you think. Truly. I love reading your posts. They’re just delightfully written–witty and honest and so well put. Okay, done now. Longest comment ever.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Gah, I dream of writing fiction too!!! Maybe between the two of us we’d make up one whole novelist;) Thanks so much for this comment, it totally made my day. Best comment ever!