why 5 minutes?

I started this blog as a way for me to practice writing online for an audience and without fears or reservations.

I have, in the past two years of blogging, gotten into the habit of writing daily. But those writings that I did were (and still are) usually done offline, edited extensively, fretted over, and sometimes deleted.

This blog is a test for me. It’s the place where I come and write just for the love of writing.

Sometimes, I think, editing and fears of the editing process serve to censor us, as writers. That process can be stifling if you’re already afraid to write, of being judged, of how your true thoughts, feelings and emotions could be read by you and others.

“Did I really say that?” “Did I really mean that?”

But, we must write anyway. We must, as writers, make mistakes and fail and be afraid and continue to write through that. We must keep going if we are to truly become…something.

So, I write here simply for the love of writing and from a desire to push myself further.

That’s all. I hope you enjoy what I’ve written.


4 Responses to why 5 minutes?

  1. Shawn Bird says:

    I like the premise. I like the discipline. Are you enjoying the process? Do you feel you’ve made some discoveries?

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! And, yes, I have made some discoveries! I’ve realized that I am still very much a perfectionist and that while I’ve been writing online for two years now, I go in and out of being afraid to hit publish because my writing isn’t “just” right or what I think others, my audience, wants to hear from me. This blog has taught me that even in five minutes, something beautiful, or crappy, can come out. It’s taught me that I can trust myself, my instincts, my writer’s gut. Also, writing for 5 and hitting publish everyday has made me more disciplined and less fearful and confident. What I’ve learned, and am learning here, I carry with me elsewhere, and that’s the awesome part!

      Thank you for stopping by! It’s nice meeting you!

  2. Team Oyeniyi says:

    All mine are written on-line with minimal editing, except the book extracts! Live on the edge. 😀

    • Jessica says:

      Awesome! Live writing is so liberating, isn’t it? I love just being able to write here and not have to worry about how things may have come out.

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