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It’s nearly time for another round of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes!

If you haven’t heard, we’re linking arms with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge, and offering a “challenge within the challenge” — namely, to write a blog post in five minutes or less every day in October.

To make it easier for you, I’ve compiled a handy little list of prompts for you to use, if you’d like!

There are a few ways you could participate in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes:

You could write a post in five minutes or less using the prompts I’ve provided;

You could write a post in five minutes or less using your own topics; or

You could use the prompts I’ve provided but choose not to write your posts in five minutes or less.

For more info, check out this new page!

For a sample of last year’s action, click here.

For loads of helpful information about 31 Days in general, visit the Write 31 Days website.

As always, feel free to ask questions in the comments!

Last year, I came up with my own list of prompts.

This year, I thought it would be fun to see what YOU would come up with — and it was! It was so much fun to read the list of prompt suggestions that many of you provided during our voting period. Thank you to all who participated!

I reserved the Top 5 Most Popular Prompts to use as regular Five Minute Friday prompts in the month of October. The rest of the prompts in this list below were randomly selected based on YOUR suggestions!

And now … drumroll please …


31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Readers’ Choice Awards are:



You’re welcome to write in advance and schedule posts ahead of time, or you can go ahead and fly by the seat of your pants.

If you haven’t subscribed to receive these posts via e-mail, you might want to do that now so you don’t miss out on the action!

Happy writing, everyone!