31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes: The Prompts Are Here!

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In T-minus 18 days, the 2016 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes launches!

Are you excited? 

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Next Tuesday Sept. 20, I’ll also be hosting a bit of a test run link-up here on the blog called What’s Your Groove? Writing Playlist.

The History Lesson

If you’ve done this challenge before, you know Kate Motaung hosted it the past two years. Since she’s swimming in editing gigs right now, she bravely asked me to pilot this ship. (I hope I know how to fly this thing!)

We’ll be joining the annual Write 31 Days Challenge again and offering a challenge within the challenge — that means, we write a blog post in five minutes or less each day in October.

To inspire your fingers to get moving, I’ve built a nifty list of one-word prompts just for you!

Three Ways to Write with 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

Choose your own adventure:

  1. Write a post in five minutes or less using the prompts I’ve composed,
  2. Write a post in five minutes or less using your own topics, OR
  3. Use the prompts I’ve provided but be a rebel and write for as long as you want.


Ready to give your writing a boost with this awesome community?

Backstory on the Prompts

This past spring my friend Charissa Steyn at Art of Adventure composed 40 Days of Tiny Adventures with God where she listed fresh, simple ways to experience the divine in your every day. I took her PDF and used the first 31 prompts to inspire the words for our October writing challenge.

Without further ado, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for:


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For the Overachievers

You know who you are. (Wink. Wink.) You’re welcome to write in advance and schedule posts ahead of time, or fly your writing ship like James T. Kirk and wing it.

Stay in the Loop

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get the 31 Days writing challenge news in your inbox as well as reminder this Friday about the What’s Your Groove Writing Playlist Link-up.

Are you ready to write like your life depends on it?

(Cue the Star Trek theme.) We’re about to embark on a writing adventure where few have gone before!

I Know You’ve Got Questions

Share them below and we’ll figure this out together.

Let’s do this thang!

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September 12, 2016