December 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Begin with … The Bull charged
  2. Write about a badminton game.
  3. Describe a pair of dancing shoes.
  4. Write a character bio of a fish farmer.
  5. Be funny. Delineate the uses of hairspray.
  6. Write about your favorite chair.
  7. Write about a swimmer.
  8. Do dogs think? Write an article defending your theory.
  9. Write a dialogue of two roommates arguing.
  10. Start with “I think this compass is broken”
  11. Write about a man who wears ugly neckties.
  12. Write about a woman who smokes a pipe.
  13. Research the history of the harmonica.
  14. Write about a shopping frenzy.
  15. Begin with “The pump dripped”
  16. Play your favorite game.
  17. Write about a sickness or disease.
  18. Write about a ritual.
  19. Write about a nightmare.
  20. Write about something ironic.
  21. Write a letter to the editor. (Mailing it is optional.)
  22. Write a parody of a Christmas song or story.
  23. Finish something you’ve started.
  24. Write about your favorite holiday or holiday memory.
  25. Write about what you’re most proud of this year.
  26. Describe the sensation of a paper cut.
  27. Write about a table setting.
  28. Write about a crimson kimono.
  29. Describe the flavor of olive oil.
  30. Write your Holiday Thank-You notes.
  31. Happy New Years Eve! Write your writing resolutions for 2003.

November 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about the morning after.
  2. Write about getting fired.
  3. Write a letter to someone you miss.
  4. Write a review of your favorite band.
  5. Write about someone’s 30th birthday.
  6. Start with “These directions don’t make sense”
  7. Write a story with a cistern as the focal point.
  8. Create a world that has only two colors.
  9. Write a dialogue between artist and model
  10. Write about the flavor and texture of squash
  11. Write about resolving a conflict.
  12. Write about a gold ring.
  13. Create a new type of animal.
  14. Blow soap bubbles. Imagine a journey in one of them.
  15. Describe what you like most about autumn.
  16. Write about a Sweet Sixteen party.
  17. Share your favorite writing site URL with the TC community.
  18. Tell us how you learned to dance.
  19. Create a character with multiple allergies
  20. Write your character’s will.
  21. Write “a message in a bottle”.
  22. Write about being cold.
  23. Choose 20 words at random from the dictionary & use them in a story or poem.
  24. Start with “I remember…”
  25. Write about an autumn storm.
  26. Write about a spelunker.
  27. Start with “When we reached the summit …”
  28. Write about an Internet love affair
  29. Research pretzel making
  30. Create a contemporary story featuring a Goddess from Greek mythology

October 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a sleepless night
  2. Write about a day dream
  3. Begin with “They slept in separate rooms “
  4. Describe a seedy motel room
  5. Determine to remember your dreams and Write about them.
  6. Write about a spiritual experience.
  7. Describe your image of God or Goddess
  8. Begin with “I always knew”
  9. Research the history of Guatemala.
  10. Have fun, collect leaves today.
  11. Ask relatives to tell you their favorite family stories.
  12. Write about an object you’ve found recently.
  13. Cut interesting images out of magazines. Arrange them and Write about them.
  14. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
  15. Describe someone’s hand in great detail.
  16. Write a piece of music in words.
  17. Write a page of your novel in script form.
  18. Try painting or coloring something.
  19. Write a letter from your protagonist to his/her mother.
  20. Write about an anniversary.
  21. What are you thankful for?
  22. Write about something small but significant.
  23. Write about being in or under water.
  24. Re Write or revise an old piece.
  25. Write about love without using the word ‘love’.
  26. Write about your dream island.
  27. Write a letter complimenting someone who waited on you today.
  28. Write a character profile of an evil coward.
  29. Write about life before cable television.
  30. Write a scene featuring an etui.
  31. Write about something false as if it were true.

September 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write a story that begins, “It was the first of September”.
  2. Write about a day off.
  3. What does patriotism mean to you?
  4. Write about going back to school.
  5. Write about a rehearsal dinner.
  6. Wrtie about crossing a bridge.
  7. Write about bridging a gap.
  8. Write about playing bridge.
  9. Begin writing with “He was the dealer”
  10. Research the uses of industrial hemp.
  11. Write a letter to a loved one, or Write one for your character.
  12. Write about a doctor’s appointment.
  13. Describe an autumn scene, focusing on the sensory detail.
  14. Write about something that is purple.
  15. Write today’s horoscope for your character.
  16. Write about a signifigant childhood event.
  17. Describe in detail your favorite flower.
  18. Tell us about a walk you took.
  19. Write the same scene as viewed by three different characters.
  20. Write about a family dinner.
  21. Write about being watched.
  22. Start with “It was a little after four o’clock…”
  23. Write a RANT about something that really bugs you.
  24. Write a piece using the 10 most beautiful words you can think of.
  25. Write in a different genre than you normally do.
  26. Write a tongue twister today.
  27. Write about sea shells.
  28. Begin with “I refuse to wear underpants”
  29. Word game. How many words can you find in recipients.
  30. Have fun. Wink at everyone you see today.

August 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. The color gray is an imperfection of light, explore that imperfection.
  2. Revisit something you wrote a year ago.
  3. Write about a house from the perspective of a mouse.
  4. Write a story based on a favorite song.
  5. Be proud today! Tell everyone you are a Writer.
  6. Describe a dogs paw.
  7. Describe a cat cleaning herself.
  8. Write about the comfort of a pair of old shoes.
  9. Begin a story with the smell of death.
  10. Research the story behind your state flag.
  11. Write a character profile of a twelve year old.
  12. Describe the sound of a door opening and closing.
  13. Write an ode to rain.
  14. Write about a person who has a peculiar way of walking.
  15. Study a spider web today.
  16. Write about learning to ride a bike.
  17. Write about being lost in a crowd.
  18. Notice the eye color of everyone you talk to today.
  19. Research a market for your work in progress.
  20. Begin writing with “The sunset…”
  21. Go stargazing. Write about a constellation.
  22. Write a piece using the 10 ugliest words you can think of.
  23. Write about something hot.
  24. List your obsessions. Write about one.
  25. Write about being away from home.
  26. Write a story based on a painting you admire
  27. Write about the feel of baby oil.
  28. Write about a hunt
  29. Write about a moment when time has no meaning.
  30. Enjoy and Write about eating corn on the cob.
  31. Play day, have fun with clay today.

July 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about something quintessentially Canadian.
  2. Describe a trip to the dentist.
  3. Write about a missing pet.
  4. Write about something quintessentially American.
  5. Jump in a natural body of water & describe the experience.
  6. Write about a cat entering a paper bag
  7. Explore the color orange
  8. Describe a sea shell
  9. Write about a rose
  10. Play with clay today. Enjoy the sensuality
  11. Write about the sensation of diving into water
  12. Describe the first insect you see today
  13. Create a mystery involving a co-worker or family member
  14. Happy Bastille Day! Celebrate revolution and change
  15. Write about your favorite pair of shoes
  16. List the 10 things you want most in life. Write a story about one of them.
  17. Write about the neighbor’s pets.
  18. Write about your last vacation.
  19. Research a new writing market.
  20. Write about about a computer crash.
  21. Write about what you were doing one year ago.
  22. Start with “This is just to say…”
  23. Write about a teacher who noticed you.
  24. Who can you sit in silence with?
  25. Write about preparing a meal.
  26. Research the childhood of your favorite author
  27. Support your local library. Volunteer.
  28. Write a character profile of a postal employee
  29. What are the possibilities of a cucumber?
  30. Write about a hardware store
  31. Write about what you don’t believe

June 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write a letter to your favorite fictional character.
  2. Write about eating an ice cream cone.
  3. Write about a bad day at work.
  4. Write about a good day at work.
  5. Write about an ordinary event, through the eyes of a child.
  6. Describe the sound of boiling water
  7. Write about the colors in a candle flame
  8. Write about the smell of fertilizer
  9. Write the dialogue for your “dream job” interview
  10. Enjoy a new sensation. Take an herbal vinegar bath.
  11. Write something that is based on a superstition.
  12. Listen to some children on a playground and Write about what you overheard.
  13. Draw a picture of something you want to Write about.
  14. Write about a monster.
  15. Describe the life of an inanimate object.
  16. Write about something old.
  17. Write about something new.
  18. Write about something borrowed.
  19. Write about something blue.
  20. Write about a wedding.
  21. Write about the first kiss you *wish* you’d had.
  22. What do you feel guilty about?
  23. Write about the sound inside a shell.
  24. Write about process. How do you begin?
  25. Write about a time you felt bullied.
  26. Have your character make a bad choice
  27. Reread a favorite book, just for fun
  28. Try genre writing (horror, romance, etc.)
  29. Get a beginning and run with it
  30. Celebrate half a year of hard work! Treat yourself today

May 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write a letter to your favorite fictional character.
  2. Write about an annoying co-worker.
  3. Write about the circumstances that led to an appointment being forgotten.
  4. Write about what you do for others without expecting anything in return.
  5. Write about a bad habit you can’t break.
  6. Write 27 sentences containing the word easy
  7. Study the sky tonight. Create your own mythological constellations
  8. Create a character profile of a clockmaker.
  9. Re Write your favorite poem in prose.
  10. Be bold, eat something you’ve been afraid to try.
  11. Research the history of tatting
  12. Write a story featuring a Rose of Sharon
  13. Write a letter to your grandmother or grandfather.
  14. Allow color to enter your current work in progress.
  15. Talk to every animal you see today.
  16. Do something you love but never have time for.
  17. Write from the POV of one of your parents.
  18. Write about a look-alike (not a twin).
  19. Take an online test.
  20. Start a story with a famous line from a famous movie.
  21. Get revenge: Write a complaint letter.
  22. Write about the first time you used a computer.
  23. What makes a house a home?
  24. Pick a sentence at random from a favorite book and use it as a starter.
  25. What’s your opinion of altruism? Defend it.
  26. Stuck in a story? Yank the carpet out from under your character
  27. Begin a new story/poem, using the weather you’re experiencing today
  28. Usually Write prose? Write a poem. You’re a poet? Write a story.
  29. Write about a small-town celebration
  30. Send your character into (or out of) the Big City
  31. Review your writing goals. Make new ones to replace any that aren’t working

April 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Take a poem for a walk
  2. Write about a tire
  3. Create a character profile of a telemarketer
  4. Research the history of broommaking
  5. Good Hair Day! Explore the texture of hair
  6. Play Day. Get out your crayons and coloring book. Have fun.
  7. Look in your junk drawer, pick an object and Write about it
  8. Be an alien today. View your world as if you’d never seen if before.
  9. Write a story featuring peacock feathers.
  10. Write about the fragrance of spring.
  11. Write about a trip to the library.
  12. Write about a circus.
  13. Write about a secret message.
  14. Write about a bowl of soup.
  15. Write about what you would do with a large tax refund.
  16. Describe the last restaurant you were in.
  17. Go to a cafe or park and take your notebook.
  18. Say hello to a stranger.
  19. Write a story based on your horoscope for today.
  20. Write about a long-lost love.
  21. Write your own obituary.
  22. What are you willing to fight for?
  23. Write about a character who can’t eat.
  24. Start with: “A cheap red wine hangover is absolutely THE WORST”
  25. Write about “makeshift memorials”
  26. consider your favorite beverage. List every word that comes to mind.
  27. “Only the good die young.” True or not?
  28. Write about someone in over his/her head
  29. Set a story in an unsavory place
  30. Research contests and find some to Write for, even if you don’t enter

March 2002
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Start a story with some form of the word “march”.
  2. Re-read your favorite book
  3. Write about a kiss, and post your scene or story at PP!
  4. Start a story with the line “I don’t like Mondays”
  5. Write about your best friend
  6. Write about a piece of wood
  7. Write a short story about a person listed in the obituaries.
  8. Research the origin of your city’s name.
  9. Write about your favorite store.
  10. Write about a dream you’ve had more than once.
  11. Write about a pet.
  12. Write about a photo album.
  13. Write about a current character’s grandparent.
  14. Set a scene in an ancient ruin.
  15. Write an “Ides of March” story.
  16. Listen to music you normally wouldn’t.
  17. Write a poem about a teacher you had/have.
  18. Describe your last waitress/waiter.
  19. Start a story with a nonsense word you invented.
  20. Write about a disgusting habit.
  21. Watch a movie, then Write a review.
  22. Write a letter to a friend.
  23. Make a list of 10 things you’re fabulous at. Write about one of them.
  24. Write about the difference between “gray” and “grey”.
  25. Slowly eat a piece of fruit, savoring each bite, then Write about it.
  26. Write about the cold
  27. Write about a reptile
  28. Write in a genre new to you
  29. Write about a row of books
  30. Write about a bowling alley
  31. Submit a story to an e-zine