April 2008
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write a story or poem using these words: fail, lamp, ball.
  2. Your MC is trying something new.
  3. Write a scifi story set in an elementary school.
  4. Be your own editor; suggest harsh changes to a stalled story/poem.
  5. Theme: Cold.
  6. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: closer, brush, things, retired, anything.
    2. Write about a financial transaction.
    3. Write about a heavy object.
  7. One character announces his/her impending divorce.
  8. Write a story or poem using these words: grieve, cushion, release.
  9. Your MC receives an unwanted gift.
  10. Write a romantic or erotic story set on a dairy farm.
  11. Polish a piece for submission and research markets.
  12. Character flaw: Indecisiveness.
  13. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: finally, finish, fifty, focused, front.
    2. Write about fraud.
    3. Write about a superstition.
  14. One character has just finished exercising.
  15. Write a story or poem using these words: press, hubris, negative.
  16. Your MC acknowledges an obession or addiction.
  17. Write a poem set in a child’s room.
  18. Submission day! Submit something for publication.
  19. If you haven’t already, try the exercise with this month’s AB article.
  20. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: samovar rouge grotesque misspoke endurance.
    2. Write about puppets.
    3. Use the following phrase “embrace the tiger.”
  21. One character falls asleep in the middle of the scene.
  22. Write a story or poem using these words: cross, anchor, tangle.
  23. Your MC is affected by the weather.
  24. Write a flash story about the contents of a handbag.
  25. Identify your Ideal Reader. Write something just for him/her.
  26. Setting: In a busy kitchen.
  27. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: pulled, moments, never, seemed, designs.
    2. bob: Include a line of poetry in the story.
    3. janra: Write about cheating.
    4. ana: Write about washing dishes.
    5. sabeth: Write about something that changes color.
    6. lonelyangel: Write about climbing a fence.
    7. aethucyn: Head, shoulders, knees and toes. Use at least 2, all 4 for bonus points.
    8. bo: “Attract women by smell with human pheromones” or: “Introduction to squid anatomy 101” Write about one; bonus points for writing about both.
  28. One character is losing a board game.
  29. Write a story or poem using these words: leaf. sprout, rain.
  30. It is your MC’s birthday.
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