August 2005
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use a symbol consciously in your story.
  2. Use “liquor” and “napkin” in a story/poem.
  3. Start a handwritten journal or writing notebook.
  4. Write about a character who is obsessive-compulsive.
  5. Submit a story or article to a paying market.
  6. Scene: a disastrous (outdoor) family get-together.
  7. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: vulnerability, smoked, being, things, accent.
    2. Write about an unexpected grief.
    3. Write about the anniversary of an event, or some otherwise significant date.
  8. Write from a POV you don’t normally use.
  9. Use “crayon” in a story/poem.
  10. Start a personal or writing weblog.
  11. A secondary character has her head in the clouds.
  12. Submit to a prestigious literary journal. Aim high!
  13. Scene: The MC is a day late and a dollar short, literally.
  14. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: bleached, binge, seasons, whine, language.
    2. A System Test Engineer wrote recently, “[I]t’s my job to break [computers], not … math them to death.” Write a twist on the phrase “… them to death.”.
    3. Write about plans upset by weather.
  15. Use a prompt from your writing notebook. If you don’t have one, start one.
  16. Use “leather” and “rain” in a story/poem.
  17. Try your hand at creative non-fiction.
  18. A practical character decides to follow his/her heart instead.
  19. Research contests. Write for one, even if you don’t enter.
  20. Scene: they meet at a public fountain.
  21. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: option, framework, through, nameless, glasses.
    2. Write about ethnic or regional food not from one’s own culture.
    3. Complete the phrase, “I’ve got a date with …”
  22. Write a story based on a recent dream.
  23. Use “waning” and “flight” in a story/poem.
  24. Stuck in a story? Rename all your characters.
  25. Your narrator doesn’t want to share.
  26. Do an in-depth critique, spending at least half an hour on it.
  27. A child says something inappropriate.
  28. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following five words: bookshelf, devices, concern, tomato, tough.
    2. Write about an irrational dislike or aversion to something.
    3. On the radio this morning, I heard the phrase “exotic luxury eco-tourism.” Use three (or more) mutually incompatible ideas in as many sentences (or fewer).
  29. Write only during the commercials of a show you watch tonight.
  30. Use “wrinkle” and “tangy” in a story/poem.
  31. Stuck in a story? Try a different narrative point of view.
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