October 2008
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “The other day, I invited my mother over for a cup of coffee.”
  2. “I know plenty of men my age who can’t do it.”
  3. “I’ll be alone forever, which is how I want it.”
  4. Submit for publication. If you don’t have a finished piece, finish one.
  5. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: smell, watch, distinguished, claimed, solid.
    2. Write about using beans for something other than food.
    3. Write something that involves a yes/no question.
  6. “The trick to it is remembering how to begin.”
  7. A birthday present — on no one’s birthday.
  8. MC walks past a church, glances up and continues to walk, faster.
  9. MC has a song in his/her head that influences the action.
  10. The love interest changes his/her appearance.
  11. Research markets and contests.
  12. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: while, forget, before, backlog, summer.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s a long _______.”
    3. Write about being too late.
  13. Use the number “1013” in a story/poem.
  14. Something is stuck in a drawer.
  15. Scene w/ physically-oriented character (think dancing, fighting, sex, etc.).
  16. An everyday ritual.
  17. One size smaller.
  18. Use these in a story/poem: hammer, monster, look.
  19. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: spiteful, tiniest, bomb, turned, square.
    2. Use the phrase “I was expecting that.” (ana).
    3. Include a sex, gender, or species change. (bo).
    4. Write about a character who is in an altered mental state (drunk, drugs, screwed up brain chemicals, whatever). (toxicfur).
    5. Write about someone or something you love. (OSVG).
    6. Put a mathematical equation in somewhere. (Dame).
    7. Write about a bird — preferably metaphorically. (bob).
    8. Seasons: must mention two or more, failing that seasonings. (aethucyn).
    9. Fill in the blanks: “Make ________ not ____________” (sabeth).
  20. Include the following: journey’s end, youth and “her father’s daughter.”
  21. Board game night takes a turn.
  22. Describe a character’s breakfast and show him/her eating it.
  23. Forced to sleep outside.
  24. Set a scene on a ferris wheel.
  25. The medication stops working.
  26. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: water, pretty, sighed, feeling, accustomed.
    2. Write about a moveable wall.
    3. Use the phrase, “Only in _________[place name].”
  27. “We were so giddy about our plan that we forgot one detail: ___.”
  28. The address seemed familiar but the building felt wrong.
  29. The intruders leave a note on the fridge. What does it say?
  30. Use these in a story/poem: know, the letter E and a pig.
  31. The costume storage cabinet (closet, room, etc.) of a community theater.
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