August 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Remote won’t work and there’s a cat in my lap.
  2. Have a character act unpredictably.
  3. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beach, light, dress, nothing, beating.
    2. Use the phrase, “I have too many already.”
    3. Write about breaking a habit.
  4. A maniacal laugh.
  5. Unexpected side-effect of an injury
  6. No one gets your MC’s sarcasm.
  7. “I actually did think about that.”
  8. Deliberately breaking the rules.
  9. A travel SNAFU leads to a chance encounter
  10. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: eaten, looking, seducer, broken, message.
    2. Use the phrase, “Please go away for a while.”
    3. Write about something imperfectly cromulent.
  11. Cleaning up a mess
  12. A character is wrong, but very, very certain they’re right.
  13. “Remind me of your name again?”
  14. Use an old family photo as a prompt. #tbt #throwbackthursday
  15. Ides of Aug: Write about an unusual calendar
  16. A character’s cooking gives others food poisoning.
  17. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  18. Jealousy leads to chaos.
  19. Making up nicknames for other people
  20. Everyone in your story thinks your protagonist is actually the villain.
  21. A child greeting an adult.
  22. “Have you no compassion?!”
  23. Your ideal writers’ getaway
  24. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: skeleton, mother, curve, press, thought.
    2. Write about a changing of the guard.
    3. “We’re not going to make it, are we?”
  25. Coming home to an unpleasant surprise.
  26. A character is proud of being frugal.
  27. “What’s that in teaspoons?”
  28. “_____ is such a troll.”
  29. In my day we didn’t start school until…
  30. Can your MC trust their best friend?
  31. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: broken, seducer, shakes, famine, wrong.
    2. “How much does the free stuff cost?”
    3. Write about a day when everything just works.

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

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Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

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Your Ordinary is Someone Else’s Extraordinary

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

  1. Start a “character” worksheet for yourself. Highlight aspects of your background, personality, or experience that you rarely/never see represented in stories, essays, etc., regardless of how insignificant you think they are. Make an effort to consciously incorporate these details into your writing, especially if you have not done so in the past.
    1. Take an existing story and rewrite it from the perspective of a character with your point-of-view.
    2. Take an existing essay and write about the topic from your perspective.
  2. Pick an experience or incident from your past that you haven’t written about because you didn’t think it was important or interesting enough. Imagine an audience that has never experienced this “ordinary” thing—for whom this experience is extraordinary—and write about it. Assume your audience knows nothing about this experience and thus needs it described down to the last detail to understand it. When you have finished a draft, start at the beginning and add more details. Repeat, until you absolutely can think of nothing more to add. Let the piece rest. When you return to it with fresh eyes, think about what elements are most compelling and prune and shape it accordingly.

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

 

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

Question of the Week

Welcome to TC’s Question of the Week minicast. We post a new question every Wednesday for #writerwednesday. Each minicast is 30 seconds or less.

If you like these questions, you might also like the Friday FUM.

Be sure to check out our longer A Podcast in Each Hand writing-inspiration podcast on Mondays. If you like the minicasts and podcasts, please let us know! Like, share, comment and all that good stuff. Thanks :)

 

Answer in the comments or link back here if you post your answer on your own blog. (If you’d like to record your response and are looking for somewhere to host your audio file, try SoundCloud.)

Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

A Podcast in Each Hand

Toasted Cheese presents A Podcast In Each Hand: original exercises and writing prompts from our archive to inspire you for the week ahead. Each podcast is briefer than the time it would take to sizzle up a toasted cheese sandwich. If you use any of our exercises or prompts, we’d love to hear about it!

 

Producer: Stephanie Lenz
Sounds: PacmanGamer and Corsica_S; Music: gadzooks. All shared under a Creative Commons Attribution license and available at Freesound.org

July 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A midweek holiday.
  2. Clumsy foreshadowing (see link)
  3. One character gives another the silent treatment.
  4. “You can’t do that with one of those.”
  5. Visit an indie bookstore. Buy a book!
  6. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  7. A punishable offense.
  8. Write dialog between a character and a machine.
  9. Write with abandon. Be willing to sound foolish.
  10. “Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.”
  11. Visit your local public library. Claim a seat and write for one hour.
  12. Write about winter (summer) on a hot (cold) day
  13. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: work, allowed, divided, lock, island.
    2. Write about small crawly critters.
    3. Write about trying to do something without using your hands.
  14. Dumping a chore on another team/family member.
  15. A very expensive forgery.
  16. “What year is it, again?”
  17. Your antagonist sells something important belonging to your protagonist.
  18. Write about a sad anniversary.
  19. Take a photo walk. Use the photos you take to create a storyboard.
  20. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: morning, where, sand, polished, message.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “________ is like the anti-________.”
    3. Write about overabundance.
  21. Write and illustrate a short story or poem.
  22. Write from a POV very different from your own.
  23. Your MC is annoyed by a friend who’s always whining on social media.
  24. What’s to say on a Thursday?
  25. Plan (and execute!) your own writer’s retreat.
  26. The postman stops delivering mail.
  27. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: plum, surface, upon, windy, press.
    2. Write about eyes in the dark.
    3. Include a tidbit of local history.
  28. “It’s always 3AM next Thursday there.”
  29. A list of items placed in a time capsule.
  30. “Fill in all the blanks, with something.”
  31. A cookie dough mishap.