5 Minute Friday: Progress Not Perfection

5 Minute Friday
This year, I’m looking for creative challenges that will nurture and inspire my soul. As I find them, I’ll be sharing  them with you on my blog.

Today, I found a new one – Five Minute Friday – that is perfect for where I am right now. It’s a five-minute writing challenge, hosted by The Gypsy Mama, where you:

Write for five minutes straight…

…and then


The catch?

You cannot edit your work.

That’s right…no second-guessing… no laboring for minutes…hours…or even days for the perfect word (yes, you read that right!) – just writing whatever comes out of your mouth, mind, fingertips. It’s freeing…scary…liberating – all at the same time.

It’s a little like Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages, laid bare for all the world to see.

Progress Not Perfection

One of my themes for this year is Progress, Not Perfection.

At heart, I’m a raging perfectionist. Unfortunately – I’m not perfect – only God is. So – this year – I’m going to turn over a new leaf… do what I can… as best as I can… and try to keep moving forward.

That’s my five minute take for the day. What’s yours?

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8 Responses to “5 Minute Friday: Progress Not Perfection”

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  1. Hello from The 5 Minute Friday link up! I’m so glad you found us! Welcome! It’s a great group of people and a great way to find alot of new blogs. 🙂 I can totally get the perfection vs the progress! Never heard it put that way before and love it! Thank you

  2. victoria says:

    that’s a bit scary for me…writing for 5 minutes and not being able to edit!!!
    but then, Progress not Perfection comes along…and makes me look inside myself.
    very thought provoking post…thanks! ~victoria~

  3. shah wharton says:

    I heard of this the other day and will have a look at it I think. Loved you five minutes. 🙂 X

  4. Ah… I’ve taken several writing classes that have you “free write” like that. I had a high school teacher who made us free write for the first few minutes of every class. If you had a blank you were to write the same sentence over and over and over. After you wrote: This is silly. This is silly. This is silly. over and over your brain finally came up with some new words to write. I wish I had saved those. It would be interested to read them today, many years later.

  5. momto8blog says:

    …but this is what I always do!

  6. Sarah says:

    I agree this would be scary. I am a big editor. I always end up cutting things out because I get so wordy.

    • Create With Joy
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      It drives my husband crazy that I will write something once that he says is fine – and then, I will go back and re-write it several times because I am always looking for a more concise word – or always rewriting a phrase to edit out a word here or there – but, that’s how I was trained to write. I think this 5 Minute Challenge will be a good thing for me! 🙂

  7. I’m one of those that writes, rewrites and does it all over again so I’m sure the 5 Minute Challenge would be just that for me…a challenge 🙂 May you enjoy the progress you make in twenty twelve and thank you for linking up to NOBH! 🙂

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