October 2005
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Scene: A wedding party with an unwilling participant.
  2. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: case, remembering, consumer, aunt, record.
    2. Use the phrase “in the dark.”
    3. Use the phrase “let’s take this (or it) apart”.
  3. Write a poem about a small moment of change.
  4. Use “chunk” and “limp” in a story or poem.
  5. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  6. Your main character’s decisions are all the opposite of what you would do.
  7. Submit a story or article to a paying market.
  8. Scene: A couple doing a crossword puzzle in bed on a Sunday morning.
  9. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: should, whatever, voice, floor, himself.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m going to wander around” or some variant.
    3. Write a twist on a common saying or proverb.
  10. Write a flash story set in a grove of fruit trees.
  11. Use “lap” and “trinket” in a story or poem.
  12. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  13. Make the antagonist of your story “the nice guy”.
  14. Submit to an online journal or magazine.
  15. Scene: a character coming to terms with gender identity and/or sexuality.
  16. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: point, side, gracious, other, completely.
    2. Use the phrase “As a blank, you should blank”.
    3. You or your character is forced to make a decision.
  17. Write a creative non-fic story about the last time you set foot outside.
  18. Use “tag” and “leather” in a story or poem.
  19. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  20. Your character is a one-time star athlete.
  21. Research contests. Write for one, even if you don’t enter.
  22. Scene: An unconventional funeral.
  23. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words:parents, finally, perfect, century, directed.
    2. Use the phrase “We need to use up the _____ [fill in the blank]” or some variant.
    3. Write something based on a phrase from the song going through your head right now.
  24. Write a short story about the contents of a grocery bag.
  25. Use “history” and “crave” in a story or poem.
  26. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  27. Character is someone in the public eye… but is quite different in private.
  28. Do an in-depth critique of your own work.
  29. Scene: two people in a remote cabin as winter sets in.
  30. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: sitting, glass, people, systems, stress.
    2. Fill in the blank: “If ____________, then it must be true.”
    3. Treat an inanimate object as if it had a personality.
  31. Write something you find suspenseful. Add a twist ending!
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