March 2006
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  2. Write about strange weather.
  3. Describe a strawberry without using any color words.
  4. Write a scene in which a window breaks, from the point of view of the window.
  5. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: accounts, room, people, barely, their.
    2. Write about a (real or imagined) newspaper headline or excerpt from a news story.
    3. Use the phrase “that’s just not enough.”
  6. Write a diary entry for one of your characters.
  7. Two characters are having a serious conversation when one gets the hiccups.
  8. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  9. A character hears a wild animal outside his or her tent.
  10. Start with “The phone rang at the worst time…”
  11. End a scene with a character making a peanut butter sandwich.
  12. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: life, house, spinning, slowed, tower.
    2. Use the phrase “read the book and you’ll understand.”
    3. Use the phrase (or sentence), “I am.”
  13. Set a story on a cold, windy beach.
  14. Write about a character who is obsessed with a superstition.
  15. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  16. Open a dictionary and pick a word at random. Start your story with that word.
  17. Enter the Three Cheers Contest.
  18. Polish up your Three Cheers entry and submit it.
  19. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: beside, dead, secret, north, across.
    2. Write about nostalgia for something that’s not seen/done/made anymore.
    3. Quote something out of context.
  20. What happens on the spring equinox?
  21. Use the words carob, monkey, and butterknife in your story.
  22. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  23. Write about a first kiss.
  24. A cup of coffee falls to the floor.
  25. “I told her not to take the dog out…”
  26. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: pillar, instable, next, degree, properly.
    2. Write about making do when there’s a shortage of something.
    3. Fill in the blanks: “You need a ___________ to get _________.”
  27. End a story with “The toast was burnt.”
  28. Describe a perfume without describing its smell.
  29. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  30. A balloon floats by.
  31. Set a story at the zoo.
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