Friday, July 21, 2017


Today's Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: collect

five minute friday writing prompt, collect

What do you collect? Seashells, pictures, little decorative spoons? I think most everyone I know collects something, and as a homeschooler, I know a lot of people who collect books! Our oldest daughter collects quotes. She has a notebook full of them, from such a wide variety of people that it often surprises even me!

As a writer I collect words. 

More specifically, I collect first lines.

I think this goes back to my days of writing for newspapers. You always wanted to come up with an opening line that would catch attention. I also liked writing my own headlines. Some people disliked the headline aspect, but I found it a fun mental challenge to sum up a 500 word article in only four to seven words.

So today I continue to collect first lines, or themes. I have a book with a lot of lines/ themes that have yet to be written. When I get stuck, or writer's block tries to creep in, I often go back and look at those first lines.

Recently though, I've been collecting memories.

Life can be challenging. Life HAS been challenging recently. Besides the usual crunch of time due to the 4-H fair, my best friend passed from this life to the next last Friday. I am spending time savoring the memories, remembering the lessons God taught me through our friendship.

So you, what do you collect?


  1. In this challenging time you find yourself in, may God continue to provide you with words, His Words. Blessings!

  2. You collect 'first lines.' hmm. I like that. I love to think of catchy titles.

  3. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

  4. Ah Carol.. let's keep connecting memories together eh? :) I hate writing headlines... trying to think of catchy.. it's hard to do.

    1. Then you write the posts and I'll write the headlines :)

  5. Carol, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I hope that you have a collection of memories that will keep your heart in happiness...wistful, to be sure...until you meet again.

    You're in my prayers.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    1. Thank you! I have a large collection of memories. Her memorial service was all about memories/ stories people shared about how she had impacted their lives.