May 2006
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Describe a dance.
  2. Use one of these pictures to spark a story or scene.
  3. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  4. Start a story with “The plastic fork snapped…”
  5. Use the words advocate, scurrilous, and macaroni in one scene.
  6. Write about a broken branch.
  7. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: around, ardent, clock, agents, short.
    2. Describe something (or someone) using four or more adjectives or phrases.
    3. Describe emotions showing on someone’s face.
  8. End a story with “He shoved his pillow in the trashcan.”
  9. Write about a songbird.
  10. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  11. Write about the first thing you see when you step outside.
  12. Start with a sentence that uses the words dog, purple, and thoughtful.
  13. Start with an engraving on a tombstone.
  14. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: record, searching, anything, process, direction.
    2. Write about cooking.
    3. Write about a bit too much togetherness.
  15. Take a bus or train ride. Invent a history for a fellow passenger.
  16. Write about a bicycle with a flat tire.
  17. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  18. Write about a hallucination.
  19. A deck of cards scatters in a gust of wind.
  20. Start with someone spilling a drink.
  21. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: toward, stiff, label, face, dusk.
    2. Write about something that happens at the wrong time.
    3. Write a passage that includes at least three words that rhyme (or mostly rhyme).
  22. Use the words giant, lost, and caviar in a scene.
  23. Look at some clouds. Write about a shape you see in them.
  24. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  25. Two best friends are playing a board game. One cheats.
  26. Start with “The coffee seemed very bitter today.”
  27. Describe a boy climbing a tree.
  28. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: failing, exist, finally, changed, mouth.
    2. Write about meeting or hearing from someone you (or a character) haven’t seen in a while.
    3. Write about the associations connected with a certain place.
  29. End with “It was raining, but he didn’t open his umbrella.”
  30. Write about a torn blanket.
  31. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
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