March 2011
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. MC is asked “What would you have me do?”
  2. A dog sitting on a stoop with a cigarette in its mouth.
  3. A guitar case in one hand, a bag of Chinese takeout in the other.
  4. Getting unstuck: change (or remove) a character’s religious beliefs.
  5. A couple repainting a bedroom together.
  6. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: unending, remain, mirrors, smaller, differences
    2. Describe drawing a diagram to help figure something out.
    3. Write about a shift in balance.
  7. Her nails are short but her hair is long.
  8. Work with your MC’s perceived greatest weaknesses… are they true?
  9. A plate of chocolate-dipped strawberries and Jello shots.
  10. “I told you it was rotten. You wouldn’t listen. Now look what’s happened.”
  11. She returns early from the groomer because they’re out of pink dye.
  12. An antique globe, smashed into seven pieces.
  13. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: smoldering, diagonal, which, crossed, light.
    2. Time marches forward. Or does it?
    3. Write about being unable to apologize.
  14. “Even for a five year old, he’s remarkably stubborn.”
  15. Get unstuck: your MC discovers a letter/email thought to have been lost.
  16. Snow falling past an orange-bulbed streetlamp.
  17. A bartender closing up on St Patrick’s Day finds a loose $100 bill.
  18. MC on holiday desperate to discover the local delicacy.
  19. Celebrating her half-birthday, Lucy demands a two-tier cake.
  20. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: matches, chalk, wrong, geometry, fewer (bonus word: incommensurability)
    2. Write about choosing a personal crisis.
    3. Fill in the blanks: “I’ve got ____ but I’m not a _____”
  21. Open a story with a sudden & unexpected change in the weather.
  22. MC quotes a movie to someone who doesn’t get the reference.
  23. Write what you don’t usually write: fiction, poetry, essay, CNF, etc.
  24. A cloud of violently yellow smoke fills the train.
  25. Two children digging in a sandbox suddenly scream and run away.
  26. “After this, I’m off to Jamaica and, no, I’m not bringing you a souvenir,”
  27. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: turned, overhead, maybe, exact, towards.
    2. Write about being interrupted.
    3. Use the phrase, “If all else fails, read the instructions.”
  28. “That’s the most evil-looking cat I’ve ever seen, which is saying something.”
  29. Write something inspired by a “random article” click at Wikipedia.
  30. “You should’ve fought for me!”
  31. Use “spiritualism” as inspiration for story / character (not “spirituality”).
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