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? 

To stay on the main 31 Days communication channel, please subscribe to my Friday newsletterIf have tried to subscribe recently and you received an error message, my apologies. The issue is now fixed.

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:


Click the graphic to download a black + white version.


Please use #Write31Days and #5MFW to share the news about 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

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
  • I can do 5 minutes… I can do 5 minutes… So excited about this. I’ve always wanted to do the Write 31 Days Challenge but was too afraid of failing. I took a writing break over the summer and this is just the little kick start I need to rev the engine back up. Thank you, Christina! xo

    • Julie, I am so so glad you are joining us. Yes, you can! I love the phrase, “chasing failure.” We get farther by failing than we do not doing anything. In it with you, friend!

  • I think I’m going to try this. Life is crazy right now but maybe having the five minutes to write everyday will serve as an anchor. Excited!

  • Bonnie Fair

    Beautiful, Christina! What Creative and Free is all about!

  • After bombing out on two topics over the last couple years, I’m going to take this approach for 2016. Looking forward to writing with you all!

    • So so glad you are joining us, Melissa! Five minutes is less intimidating, isn’t it?

  • How exciting that you’re hosting this! I’m {cautiously} gonna give it a try. 😉 I think if I go the 5 min route I might be able to keep up. I tried to do Write 31 Days last year, but I wasn’t able to keep up! My desire exceeded my time availability. 🙂

    • Yea, Tasha! I’m so excited you’re considering it. The 5 minute route is the definitely the way to go. P.S. You can totally work ahead of time and schedule out the posts. I got behind last year too. It’s not so bad catching up since it’s just 5 minutes per word!

  • what a challenge! I want to do it but I’m a little confuse about the link up process…to be honest, I don’t have clue what it’s even that haha and also I just subscribe to your friday newsletter. Do I have to subscribe to something else also? Just wondering. I’M VERY CONFUSE. THANKS!!!

  • This might be a dumb question: I have planned a theme for write 31 days. Can I write about what I want for as long as I want?

    • Hi, Catherine, of course you can. A lot of five minute free writers do that (me included). You can still indicate where the timer started and stopped, if you like.

  • Excited about this. Is there anyway you can do a black and white version of the prompts though? I’m having a hard time reading the white on flowers version. Thanks for doing this this year!

    • Thanks, Sonja. We fixed it! Click on the prompt graphic to download a black and white version of the PDF.

  • Kristen Krueger

    I’m just starting this 5 minute Friday thing and have no idea how to link up my post…any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  • You rock, Christina! I won’t be able to join the fun this time, but I’ll share the challenge so others might. Happy writing!

  • Ahhhhhhh!! This is going to be so wonderful!! I’m thrilled. Hubby is going to help me with my Spotify to make a list. This is SO VERY RAD!!!! Excited to participate in all the things. #writerslife #faithwriters #challengeaccepted

  • Woo hoo! You are totally rocking this thing already! I knew you were the right person for the job! Thank you for taking the challenge with such a willing and eager spirit! Love your flavor and your personal touch. Happy writing!