Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday link-up! Whether you have a blog, an Instagram profile, or a journal with lined paper, you’re invited to set a timer for five minutes and freewrite with us on a one-word writing prompt.

If you’re new to Five Minute Friday, the first thing you’ll want to do is JOIN THE EMAIL LIST.

This is especially important this month, as there are SO MANY upcoming events for writers that you won’t want to miss!

Also: If you don’t know how the link-up works, you can learn more here.

In keeping with this week’s five-day Hope*Writers Instagram writing challenge . . .

This week’s FMF Writing Prompt is: POSSIBILITY 




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



In its purest form, the word makes me think of open doors, a blank page, a day off, an empty road with a full tank of gas and no map.

It could go anywhere, become anything.

But the cynical part of me, the part that has been burned too many times, gives pause. It hesitates. It weighs the risks.

It hones in on the lack of surety, the lack of certainty, the lack of guarantee. If it’s just a possibility, what if it doesn’t happen? What if it gets canceled, falls apart, doesn’t work?

The fear of failure creeps in.

The truth is, in this broken, fallen world — and how much more so have we realized it in the past two years living in a pandemic — there are very few guarantees.

Psalm 20:7-8 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” 

With Him, we do not speak of possibilities. His promises are guaranteed. He will fulfill every word He speaks. He already has the victory, and He is preparing a place for all who believe and follow Him.

Trusting in Him as Lord and Savior does not mean we hope our salvation might happen. It does not mean that it’s a strong possibility we will be saved. It means He has already done it. He already defeated death. And He will do it for you, too, if you place your faith and hope in Him alone.





Psst . . . There are LOTS of things happening for writers this month! 

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1) A free live webinar with author Marion Roach Smith is happening Monday, January 24th at 12:30pm EST

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2) Registration is now open for the Nine Month Novel course

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This is the second year that authors Shawn and Maile Smucker are offering a nine-month course
to guide writers through the novel writing process within a supportive community.
I highly recommend it! The course starts in March and  ends in November.


3) Hope*Writers has FOUR free live trainings for writers happening soon!


​Here’s a brief synopsis of each of the four upcoming events: ​

Monday 1/24:

3 Secrets for Writers Looking for Clarity


Discover your writing rhythm, create a simple plan, and finally find your writing people.

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Tuesday 1/25:

How I Got Published

Listen in as we talk to hope*writers members who published their books with the support and encouragement they received from the hope*writers community, and learn how you can make progress toward your writing goals too.

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Wednesday 1/26:

17 Breakthrough Ideas for Writers

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We gathered some of the best tips and advice from our favorite experts in writing and publishing, and we want to share these breakthrough ideas with you! Get your pen and paper ready to take notes on this information-packed conversation with hosts Anna and Niki.

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Thursday 1/27:

Q&A with Emily P. Freeman: Your Writing Questions Answered

​Join Emily P. Freeman, hope*writers co-founder and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, as she answers your writing questions.

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I hope these resources serve you well!


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