31 Days Meets Five Minute Fridays: {Together}


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I’ve struggled mightily with my writing this month. Real life comes at me hard and fast. The plans I’ve made fall apart and are pushed aside, replaced by runny noses, the carpool line, appointments and … laundry. Of course. When am I supposed to write this must-read romance if every time I sit down at the computer, there’s a half a dozen things left undone and weighing on me?

Get up. Do something productive. Stop chasing this crazy dream and take care of the real people right in front of you.

Sometimes I need to hear this tough love. But often, I need to plant myself in that chair and write. Write through the challenges, write what you know, write really crummy first drafts … because you can’t edit a blank page.

Although this month didn’t go how I thought it would in terms of my writing, I’m blessed by the connections I’ve made with other writers pursuing their dream of publication. If I’ve learned anything from this crazy roller coaster ride that’s been my October, it’s this: while writing feels solitary and often lonely, we really are all in this together.

So write, my friends. Be bold. Share your work with kindred spirits. Learn and grow. Together. Success is sweeter when you’ve got peeps in your corner.



  1. Kimberly:

    Keep writing sweet friend!! I know you can do it!!


  2. Tina:

    Heidi, you made my heart smile! After recently joining Compel Training I’ve been attempting to write more again and to find courage and strength to share words with the world, whatever that really means. It’s a scarey place out there, but your invitation and encouragement is priceless!

    In all honesty, because there are so many FMF links and I can’t ever visit them all I closed my eyes and pointed and clicked a few times to read and share as much as possible. I’m thankful I’ve landed on you. We word-wranglers are a unique breed; it’s good to find one another and realize we never journey alone!


    • Heidi:

      Tina, Your comment made me smile. How is Compel training? I’m so intrigued but haven’t jumped in yet. I’m glad you stopped by my blog. Yes, we word-wranglers are a unique breed, indeed. Blessings, Heidi


  3. Cynthia:

    Yes, we really are in this together, and that is such a blessing. Knowing that there are others burning the midnight oil–or not, because yet another thing got in the way. (So with you on that, even though my youngest is twenty-one. Sigh…)


    • Heidi:

      It’s comforting to know there are others hunched over their keyboards into the wee hours of the morning. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by. Happy writing!


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