Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up!

We gather around a single word prompt to freewrite for five minutes flat — no overthinking, no editing . . . just write!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: DESIGN




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.

My 13-year-old has taken an interest in drawing, and he’s actually quite good. I’m continually amazed by the work he produces, and that without taking any formal art classes apart from the few he had in elementary school. He watches YouTube videos and tutorials and reads books from the library to learn new techniques and mediums, alternating between pencil, colored pencil, and charcoal.

He has even ventured to tackle the human portrait — a subject I veered far away from during my own high school and college art classes. There was too much margin for error, too much detail and far too many intricacies for me to attempt such a feat.

Yet my son is determined to get it right. He practices and practices, seeking advice from mentors and friends, erasing, correcting, throwing away, starting over.

He finds joy in the act of creating, and I find joy watching him create.

I watch from the kitchen as he studies his latest draft, unaware that he is reflecting the image of his Creator.




There is a LOT happening for writers these days!

Firstly, Friday, January 29th is the LAST DAY to join Hope*Writers before doors close.


If you become a member before midnight on Friday, January 29th, you get to choose one of three welcome gifts: a Hope*Writers mug, journal, or t-shirt:





And speaking of DESIGN . . .

On Wednesday, February 3rd at 2pm EST, I’ll be hosting a live workshop on
How to Use Canva to Create Graphics.

how to use canva

In this workshop, I’ll show you how to create:

  • Social media graphics to use on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Book cover designs
  • Blog or website graphics
  • Blog or website logos or header images
  • Business cards
  • Printable stationery
  • . . . and much more!






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