31 days of five-minute free writes :: 2014 edition

The following page and link-up was from our 2014 edition of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Click here for information about the 2015 edition.


Welcome to 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes — a writing challenge in conjunction with The Nester’s annual 31 Days.

31 Days is a collaboration of bloggers the world over who decide to post on their own blogs every single day in the month of October.

All the info you need can be found at: write31days.com

Five Minute Free Writes button

31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is a “challenge within the challenge,” so to speak — namely, to post on your blog every day in the month of October, but to write each post in only five minutes flat.

It’s like a month long Five Minute Friday party!

Those who are playing along will link up below starting on September 30th so we can visit their blogs throughout October.

Participants of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes have the option to:

~ use the prompts I’ve listed below;

~ choose their own theme entirely; or

~ try to fit the prompts below into a specific theme.

For example, I’m going to be writing each of my posts in five minutes, but all on the theme of 31 Days of Life in South Africa.

If you decide to choose your own topic, you may also create a button for your blog and link-up on the Write 31 Days website over here, starting October 1st.

Please note: If you don’t have a title or topic other than the generic 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, please rather don’t link up at the Write 31 Days site — if a bunch of people all link up with the same title or button, it will look like duplicate entries, and the links will likely get deleted.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments if this is confusing.  🙂

For those who want to use my prompts and like to plan ahead, here’s the road map:


Wed. Oct. 1 — Day 1 :: Move  
Thurs. Oct. 2 — Day 2 :: View
Fri. Oct. 3 — Day 3 :: New {Five Minute Friday & giveaway}
Sat. Oct. 4 — Day 4 :: Learn
Sun. Oct. 5 — Day 5 :: Stuck
Mon. Oct. 6 — Day 6 :: Know
Tues. Oct. 7 — Day 7 :: Go
Wed. Oct. 8 — Day 8 :: Say
Thurs. Oct. 9 — Day 9 :: Join
Fri. Oct. 10 — Day 10 :: Care  {Five Minute Friday & giveaway}
Sat. Oct. 11 — Day 11 :: Teach
Sun. Oct. 12 — Day 12 :: Rest
Mon. Oct. 13 — Day 13 :: Work
Tues. Oct. 14 — Day 14 :: Away
Wed. Oct. 15 — Day 15 :: Life
Thurs. Oct. 16 — Day 16 :: Adjust
Fri. Oct. 17 — Day 17 :: Long  {Five Minute Friday & giveaway}
Sat. Oct. 18 — Day 18 :: Taste
Sun. Oct. 19 — Day 19 :: Honor
Mon. Oct. 20 — Day 20 :: Fear
Tues. Oct. 21 — Day 21 :: Second
Wed. Oct. 22 — Day 22 :: Expect
Thurs. Oct. 23 — Day 23 :: Look
Fri. Oct. 24 — Day 24 :: Dare {Five Minute Friday & giveaway}
Sat. Oct. 25 — Day 25 :: Enjoy
Sun. Oct. 26 — Day 26 :: Visit
Mon. Oct. 27 — Day 27 :: Free
Tues. Oct. 28 — Day 28 :: Wake
Wed. Oct. 29 — Day 29 :: Unite
Thurs. Oct. 30 — Day 30 :: First
Fri. Oct. 31 — Day 31 :: Leave {Five Minute Friday & giveaway}

If you’re joining us for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, add a link to your introductory post below!  (Link-up opens September 30th)

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** Just to clarify, you only need to link up ONE time, preferably with a page or post that will direct readers to where they can find the rest of the posts in your series.  You don’t need to link every post every day.  Thanks for joining in the five minute fun!




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438 thoughts on “31 days of five-minute free writes :: 2014 edition

  1. […] am excited to announce that in October I will be taking part in the 31 days of 5 minute free writes. My theme will be Why I love South Africa. The challenge starts on 1 Oct so watch this […]

    • Hi Diana (and Amanda) ~

      I don’t have personal experience with Canva, but with PicMonkey, after you have designed a graphic, when you click “Save,” it gives options for dimensions. The original settings say 2000 x 2000, but you can change that to 100 x 100 for button purposes. Another option (which I prefer) is to re-size your graphic when you are uploading it into your blog post. I use WordPress, and after I “Add Media” to a post, I click on that image and it says “Display Settings” and gives the option to change the size.

      I hope that’s helpful?

      There is also a lot of great help in the 31 Dayers Facebook Community page, which you should be able to find here:


      Also, there is info on the Write 31 Days page, with some tips on buttons over here: http://write31days.com/buttons/

      Let me know if I can answer any more questions!

  2. I will be participating as well. My theme will be 31 Days of Life on the Journey using the prompts you have provided. I love the idea of a whole month of 5 minute free writes!

    • Hi Karen,

      The Nester hosts a 31 Day Challenge every October (website: write31days.com). I will be participating, and I am encouraging others to participate as well. My “challenge within the challenge” is for people who would like to write their 31 Days posts in just five minutes each. Obviously not everyone doing the 31 Days Challenge is planning to do this, but many have indicated that they would like to “play along.” Those who plan to write all of their posts in five minutes each will also be encouraged to link up here (whether they decide to follow my prompts or not). Is that helpful? Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Can I just see if I understand by restating what you said?

    I would like to write on my own topic, but in 5 minutes each post. So, I can link up my blog both here and with the Nester, correct?

  4. I have decided to join in on the 31 days of writing for 5 minutes. I was debating, but I like the format with the words already posted and think this will be fun and can’t wait to see what comes from 5 minutes of writing each day. Now I just need to make my button. I’m going to be doing a Military Life theme. I was in the military for 6 years and now am a military spouse so it will either be related to one of the two topics. 🙂

  5. I’m joining! I think I will just link up here with you, because I don’t have a theme, or purpose…just challenging myself to write daily for 5 minutes is all I can handle at this point. I’m excited! I made my landing page and all…can’t wait…can’t wait! Haha!


  6. […] Want to join in but you aren’t sure what you’ll write about or how you’ll write for 31 days straight? This year Kate (the new host of Five Minute Fridays) has organized 31 Days worth of writing prompts, the challenge is to join in 31 days, but then using the writing prompts, write for just 5 minutes every day. Find out more here. […]

  7. Wow!! I’m nervous… but I’m looking forward to this. I’m joining up with The Nester (for the 31 days – writing on Home – quotes and sentiments)… but I’ve decided to take you up on your challenge of writing for the 5 minutes a day theme. However, I’ll be using another list of prompts…(since you’ve given liberty!)…
    I have another blogging friend who is hosting a PHOTOGRAPHY Challenge for the month of October. She has her prompts which ironically match my already thought out theme of HOME.

    I shared an intro on my blog today… (hopefully, that is okay!)

    So, I’ll be using the photo prompts (for my photographs) while incorporating that into the Five Minute Posts all for the 31 days.

    Am I nuts?

  8. Hi: Just saw Colline’s introductory post, and I’d love to play along. (I’ve unfortunately haven’t been participating in five minute Fridays of late). I have a theme (and also like the prompts), but here is my conundrum. I need to create a button — something I have NEVER done before, and may not have it ready by October 1st. I’ve been to picmonkey (recommended by an e-friend for putting writing on my photographs) but haven’t used the resource.
    Can I still link up? My avatar/gravatar/blavatar would probably be the default image.
    You’ve probably already answered this question a “million” times, but I would like the opportunity to free write for five minutes a day — I may “borrow” some of your prompts!

    • Hello! SO thrilled to have you join us! And a gravatar/profile pic is really all you need to link up on this site. That will work perfectly.

      For those who are also linking up with The Nester at the actual Write 31 Days site (write31days.com), I believe a button is preferred. So excited that you’re taking up the challenge!

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Hi Mary .. Would LOVE to have you join us! My recommendation would be to follow my blog by entering your e-mail address in the sidebar, then writing your five minutes in the comments of each of my posts as they go live every day in October. Let me know if this makes sense, or if you have more questions. Hope it works out!!

    • Sure, no problem. You could either delete your own link and try again, or let me know what it should be, and I can change it via InLinkz directly. My e-mail is motaungsgmailcom if you’d prefer to send me your correct e-mail address. And don’t worry about the questions .. I’m just thrilled that you’re here with us!

  9. […] I am again joining the annual 31 Days writing challenge to write through this season of preparation. I want to move forward the preparations in my life as our adoption draws near, my latest business venture launches and my personal life grows in health. This year it’s a double challenge! I am also challenging myself to do this in just 5 minutes of free writing a day. […]

  10. […] Every site’s got a disclaimer now: Here’s mine, for this series on digital REAL running over the next 31 days.  It’s not in small print at the end, but I’m being as transparent as I can be, right up front.  BTW I’m doing this post in Five Minutes, unedited. […]

  11. […] A recent blog over at wycliffe.org.uk/blog shared about how internet companies are translating phone operating systems into minority languages so that more people can access their content (and included some hilarious suggestions for how to translate the concept ‘crash': a cow falling over?!). It made me think about those who aren’t at the digital party  – BTW I’m doing this post in Five Minutes, unedited. […]

    • I’ll be lucky to get the 31 days completed. This was sort of an experiment for whether I wanted to write a book about my journey with Alzheimer’s Disease as it affects my mom and so therefore me as her primary advocate. I just finished a book about my dad which took about four years and a friend said it would only be fair if I told my mom’s story. My dad’s story was a wonderful one full of history and accomplishments and a sound mind. This morning I think I would tell my friend “thanks, but no thanks…………maybe YOU should write a book on what you have observed about the crushing anguish Alzheimer’s can be…..

  12. I finally skimmed through Lisa Jo’s Five Minute Friday page today and discovered that you are now giving out the FMF prompts. I have missed them and I have neglected my blog for far too long. Maybe I’ll jump in on your 31 days of prompts. It looks like fun. Thanks.

  13. […] You’ll know from last month about my South African friend I’d love to meet. Because of her I have a growing interest in the country, so enjoyed Kate’s 31 Days of Life in South Africa. Who knew traffic-lights were called robots?! Kate also added an extra dimension to her challenge and wrote every post in 5 minutes, as did several others. […]

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