December 2005
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write a story w/ two antagonists.
  2. Submit a story or article to a paying market.
  3. Scene: A snowy, abandoned carnival.
  4. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: handed, going, perhaps, after, Wednesday.
    2. Write a scene where the lighting contributes to the mood.
    3. Use the phrase “This is the end.”
  5. Try genre writing, like fantasy or mystery.
  6. Use “bounce” and “softness” in a story/poem.
  7. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  8. Write from a second person POV.
  9. Submit to an online journal or magazine.
  10. Scene: backstage at a community theater production.
  11. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: parent, would, also, quarter, nicely.
    2. Write about a form of nonverbal communication.
    3. Mix a couple of immiscible metaphors.
  12. Write in bed for 15 minutes, longhand,upon waking or just before lights-out.
  13. Use “mask” and “hibiscus” in a story/poem.
  14. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  15. Your MC is celebrating a birthday… one you’ve passed.
  16. Research contests. Write for one, even if you don’t enter.
  17. Scene: A blind date… with three characters.
  18. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: little, crawl, quality, lights, meeting.
    2. Include a handwritten note (or something longer) as a prop or element in the story.
    3. Use the phrase, “what are the odds?”
  19. Write an episode of a TV show. Get creative w/ kids shows & reality programs.
  20. Use “moon” and “violet” in a story/poem.
  21. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  22. A character is eating something inappropriate with his hands.
  23. Do an in-depth critique of your own work.
  24. Scene: “Twas the night before Christmas…”
  25. Take a day off from writing. Make a hot drink and read instead.
  26. Listen to summertime music while writing today.
  27. Use “rivet” and “quench” in a story/poem.
  28. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  29. A character doesn’t remember what he/she did the previous day.
  30. Submit to a print journal or magazine.
  31. Scene: What else? A New Year’s Eve party!
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