July 2009
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Gags, the one-legged trucker.
  2. The last night of the community theater run of “Oklahoma.”
  3. “I can’t explain that painting but I can tell you why I bought it.”
  4. Three fathers standing around a barbecue grill talking about a game.
  5. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: store, describes, crossed, forbidden, stretching.
    2. Write about a string, rope, braid, or ribbon.
    3. Use the phrase, “Perhaps it’s time.”
  6. Base a story or poem on a Madonna song title.
  7. A man cutting the grass stumbles across an unexpected object.
  8. “My first job out of college was as a tour guide.”
  9. Take an existing,stalled work and edit the word count down 10%.
  10. After finding a source of clean water, the group’s top priority is…
  11. “If you’d given me the task sooner, he wouldn’t be dead.”
  12. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: flood, existence, transition, story, thinner
    2. Use the following phrase, “Well, that’s annoying.”
    3. Write about a lie you were told as a child.
  13. An argument over the new sofa as it’s being delivered.
  14. Two children eat slices of birthday cake on the porch/stoop.
  15. Begin in a dentist’s waiting room and end in a used bookstore.
  16. Nine years later, a new clue comes to light.
  17. A nude woman walks up to a newsstand and buys a paper and a pack of gum.
  18. Margaret runs out of bags at her yard sale / boot sale.
  19. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: doing, breathe, code, thank, timely.
    2. Take the sentence “Love is a plane crash of the soul” and replace all but one of the nouns.
    3. Use the phrase, “unusually quiet.”
  20. The narrator/MC can’t place the man s/he’s talking to until his phone rings.
  21. Character 1: “It feels like Tuesday.” Character 2: “It is Tuesday.”
  22. A mother braids her daughter’s hair.
  23. “No monkey business,” he said, taking a step back.
  24. Heat, spice and sizzle.
  25. “This looks silly without the music.”
  26. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: barely, crawled, arrival, abrupt, recognition
    2. Write about a mess: creation, care, feeding, or resolution.
    3. Write about something green.
  27. Her first day out of jail, he spots her waiting outside his kitchen.
  28. A black cat sits on top of an aquarium licking its lips.
  29. A bouquet of white shasta daisies wrapped in green wax paper.
  30. A tall man with dark hair and glasses approaches the librarian’s desk.
  31. Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday by writing something for people under 18.
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