It’s that time of the week again . . . time to set your timer and free write for five minutes flat!

We’re so glad you’re here. If you’re new to the Five Minute Friday community, you can join the mailing list here so you don’t miss any news, and learn more about the link-up here.

This week’s FMF writing prompt is: CHALLENGE




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . 


This Sunday marks eight years since my mom passed away. She died in Michigan while I was living in Cape Town, South Africa. I flew to Michigan for the funeral, then back to Cape Town a few weeks later.

On the first anniversary of her death, we were still living in South Africa, awaiting paperwork to transition to the States.

On the second anniversary, we had moved overseas and lived just four miles from my sister for the first time in over ten years. It was a Saturday and we spent the day together, laying around on the suede couches at her house watching Netflix and eating ice cream. That was the day she introduced me to Downton Abbey.

It was also the day I first heard about an online writing challenge called Write 31 Days, starting just over a week later on the 1st of October.

I felt my heart skip a beat as I read more about the challenge. Could I really do it? Write for 31 days in a row? Was it too late for me to join? Could I be ready in time?

I decided to go for it.

I spent that afternoon with my laptop in my lap as I sat on my sister’s couch with Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess chatting in the background. I figured out how to create a square graphic to use on my blog, and even came up with a title for my series.

That was six years ago, and I haven’t looked back. Every October since then (with the exception of one year, when a dear blogging friend stepped in for me), I have participated in the annual 31-Day Writing Challenge in October.

And this year is no exception.



Will you join me? 

to join the 2019 edition of
31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes

writing challenge

Registration closes on September 30th, and we start October 1st!



We also have paperback journals now available on Amazon!

Affiliate links used in this post


Get The 31-Day Writing Prompt Journal HERE
(Includes the same prompts as the October writing challenge)

Get The Five-Minute Writing Prompt Journal HERE
(Includes 52 one-word writing prompts)


Also: Before we go, I thought you might be interested in this FREE CLASS for bloggers taught by Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom and Your Blogging Mentor:

How to Make Your First $100 from Blogging

(affiliate link used)



Join this week’s link-up with your own five-minute freewrite on the prompt, CHALLENGE, then visit your link-up neighbor to read their post and leave and encouraging comment.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This