Messing around with words is potentially liberating and terrifying. Starting this Friday, October 5, (a good day as it is the birthday of my husband Sheldon, my Aunt Sarah, niece Amanda and cousin Jonny, among others) I will post a writing prompt or muse about writing. It is also Sukkot, the week long Jewish harvest festival holiday. You might see Sukkahs, those funny little booths covered with straw rooftops and decorated with paper chains, cornhusks, and plastic fruits, popping up on city rooftops and sidewalks. They are reminiscent of the transient housing our ancestors endured wandering the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land.

What does this have to do with Free Write Friday? Because writing is a container for everything, our random thoughts, half-baked ideas, imbedded or disquieting beliefs, and visions of a more perfect world where the words The End can mark a satisfying resolution. And a Sukkah contains mostly empty space save a table and a few chairs and the traditional lemony scented Etrog or tall, reedy Lulav. In that space, we look up to Heaven and picture our dreams unfolding in Infinite sky space. The Sukkah is deliberately not sealed, a door-space is always open, as is the scantily covered roof. So when we are inside we are looking out.

Today write as the insider looking out. Share a secret or story you are ready for the world to receive in the form of a tale, poem, play, blog, letter, essay, or book chapter. In other words, share from the core of your being, letting go, one sentence at a time, of the illusion that you, the writer, are separate from your readers. On some level, fear of writing stems from fear of speaking the truth. Take a moment, clear your mind, and write. May the fruits of your literary harvest delight you. 

We’d love to read your writing from this prompt. Reply here or email sheilaklewis@gmail.com.