November 2005
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use “flail” and “thrust” in a story or poem.
  2. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  3. Your character failed out of medical school.
  4. Submit a story or article to a paying market.
  5. Scene: three people at a coffee shop discussing the tip.
  6. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: work, rubber, home, because, people.
    2. Write about an awkward introduction.
  7. Open a novel and begin with the first sentence that catches your eye.
  8. Use “oil” and “resolve” in a story or poem.
  9. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  10. Your character has a dream job but it’s not exactly his/her dream.
  11. Submit to an online journal or magazine.
  12. Scene: an unexpected meeting of two former lovers.
  13. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: since, turning, doorway, spaces, change.
    2. Use the phrase “But I thought you were…”
    3. Use the phrase, “not for a couple months.”
  14. Do you snack or drink while you write? Imbibe something different today.
  15. Use “yank” and “invasion” in a story or poem.
  16. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  17. A character regrets a recent purchase.
  18. Research contests. Write for one, even if you don’t enter.
  19. Scene: a character is moving back in with his/her parents.
  20. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: thing, pressed, life, blood, where.
    2. Use the phrase “it’s hard to believe.”
    3. Write about an interruption.
  21. Write something for children today. Aim for a specific age group.
  22. Use “coil” and “migrate” in a story or poem.
  23. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  24. A character who likes waking up in strange places.
  25. Do an in-depth critique of your own work.
  26. Scene: things are “evening out” for a character, then things “crash”.
  27. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: little, jumped, deal, quite, spoon.
    2. Include a detail (or details) that appeal(s) to a sense other than sight or hearing.
    3. Write about happily ever aftering.
  28. Write something adults-only today. It need not be “naughty” (but it may be).
  29. Use “useful” and “beautiful” in a story or poem.
  30. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
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