March 2009
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: ordered, should, obviously, rather, lethal.
    2. Write about a question that can’t/shouldn’t be answered.
    3. Write about free associations based on a coffee (or other) stain.
  2. Your MC’s greatest fear: abandonment.
  3. Research contests, write something new for one of them and enter it.
  4. Setting: An apt building or dorm basement on laundry day.
  5. Use in a story/poem: a skein of red yarn, a comb and a bottle of water.
  6. Base a story or poem on one of the entries at F*** My Life.
  7. Write about a woman who stands up for herself… except on one front.
  8. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: startled, skirt, rolling, every, idea.
    2. Use the phrase “that was a different reality.”
    3. Write about a need for closure.
  9. Your MC’s greatest strength: honesty.
  10. Make a change in your writing space. Clean, rearrange, purge, paint, etc.
  11. Rewrite an old story from a different character’s POV.
  12. First line: “The kitchen was in chaos.”
  13. Write about a seemingly lucky event that goes wrong.
  14. Someone encourages your MC to do something morally questionable.
  15. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: using, light, sorry, engraved, consequence.
    2. Write about a failure in communications.
    3. Write about one person’s thoughtless omission of something crucial to another person.
  16. Create a mentor or mentor figure for your narrator.
  17. Use “green” as a symbol or theme.
  18. Use dialogue: “It’s gotten to the stage where I feel it just isn’t working.”
  19. They meet inside the walk-in pantry of a restaurant.
  20. Write a story for our “Three Cheers & A Tiger” 48-hour short fiction contest.
  21. Continue working on a 3C&aT entry (or try a prompt from our archives).
  22. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: laughs, thread, tasting, presence, morning
    2. Write about smoke and/or mirrors.
    3. Use the phrase, “if you’re very quiet …”
  23. Stuck in a story? Create an unexpected romance for the MC.
  24. Theme: addiction.
  25. A sprig of lilac nested inside a gift-wrapped box.
  26. Use in a story: a bottle of wine, a pair of scissors and a fountain pen.
  27. MC attends a reunion and no one recognizes him/her.
  28. End your story or poem with the image of a broken glass or goblet.
  29. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: meeting, began, drive, check, snoring.
    2. Write about something unexpectedly working out well.
    3. Use the phrase “I wasn’t expecting to see you here”.
  30. Take out an old story and switch your MC’s sex.
  31. Base a story or poem on the phrase “out like a lamb.”
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