May 2009
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use these in a story/poem: pressure, plastic, purple.
  2. Opening line: “Get me out of here!”
  3. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: silence, true, question, compatible, misguided
    2. Use the phrase “definite impossibilty”
    3. Write about the end of an era.
  4. Write about two brothers, who barely get along, having an argument.
  5. Write about a scene about psychological or emotional torment.
  6. Theme: pampering and/or recuperation.
  7. Send a character on a (physical) voyage. Write the departure scene.
  8. A grandparent shocks his/her grandchild with a flippant aside.
  9. Use “silver” as a symbol or theme.
  10. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: white, tools, except, would, action.
    2. Someone says “thank you.”
    3. Write about a third eye.
  11. “What a way to run a railroad.”
  12. Open your story/poem with three ducklings following their mother.
  13. A teenager home from school finds something unexpected on the kitchen table.
  14. Setting: opening night of a silent film festival.
  15. Use dialogue: “Yeah, I have a suggestion. Why don’t you call The Colonel?”
  16. Write a mini-mystery (complete in under 1000 words).
  17. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: during, communicate, harbors, owner, second.
    2. Use the following, including the quotation marks, as a complete paragraph: “You didn’t.”
    3. Write about an unwitting volunteer.
  18. The twentieth anniversary of the event.
  19. Everything in what would have been the previous scene has gone all wrong.
  20. Base a story/poem on the last song lyrics you remember hearing.
  21. At a flea market, two people find something they’ve been searching for.
  22. Setting: a small town drugstore.
  23. A night at the opera.
  24. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: stands, blast, smoothing, months, relieved.
    2. Use the names of at least two varieties of cheese.
    3. Write about a role reversal.
  25. Stuck in a story? Kill off the last character who spoke (except your MC).
  26. Someone is asking your MC some inconvenient questions.
  27. She’s told not to worry her pretty little head about it.
  28. He’s told to “man up” about it.
  29. Write a scene between two people with different ideas about the afterlife.
  30. Write a scene based on today’s weather forecast.
  31. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: sands, shoulder, strong, pieces, times.
    2. Begin a sentence with one of these words: nobody, everybody, somebody, anybody.
    3. Write about a promise made, kept, implied, or broken.
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