March 2008
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. List five verbs. Use at least two in a ten minute writing burst.
  2. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: private, attention, star, pentagon, briefest.
    2. “If I were a(n) [fill in object], where would I be?”
    3. Fill in the blank: “it’s good, but it’s not __________ good.”
  3. Write a scene with one character knitting.
  4. Use these words in a story or poem: light, lift.
  5. Your character is on the roof and acting “strange.”
  6. Write a horror story set in a cubicle farm.
  7. Write a story using only dialogue (no speech tags).
  8. Setting: After the funeral.
  9. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: working, ask, rapidly, hauling, cultures.
    2. Write about a bad compromise.
    3. Write about your character doing something he or she hates.
  10. Write a scene with one character smoking.
  11. Use these words in a story or poem: green, glass.
  12. Your character is overeating a heathful food.
  13. Write a romance set in a grocery store.
  14. Make a list of ten words you hate. Base a story/poem on one of them.
  15. Try an exercise that accompanies the new AB article.
  16. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: metallic, eventually, proper, field, typical.
    2. Write about a sense of pending doom.
    3. Write about learning something from an unlikely or unusual source.
  17. Write a scene with one character drinking out of a mug or glass.
  18. Use these words in a story or poem: hesitate, strength.
  19. Your character is changing his/her name.
  20. Write a poem about an activity you performed before coming to the computer.
  21. Take an old story & attempt to edit it down to half the current word count.
  22. Theme: circles.
  23. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: often, Thursday, know, calling, window.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m not really like that.”
    3. Write something ungrammatical.
  24. Write a scene with one character practicing for something.
  25. Use these words in a story or poem: birth, judge.
  26. Your character just discovered someone else’s toupee.
  27. Write a 500 word story set in a college town diner.
  28. Retell something you wrote from another character’s point of view.
  29. Character flaw: confidence.
  30. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: beginning, shortage, unlike, seeing, coarse.
    2. Write about something “original” or “classic.”
    3. Write about comfort food.
  31. Write a scene with one character dying.
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