February 2004
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Take your journal and write somewhere unusual.
  2. Make up your own weather superstition and write a story about it.
  3. Start with “While I was sitting in traffic on the DC Beltway, I realized…”
  4. Write about a character who is unemployed.
  5. Write about the best chocolate chip cookie in the world.
  6. Change the technology in your story
  7. Stuck? Watch a movie known for its screenplay
  8. Have someone interupt the action in the last scene you wrote
  9. Invest a small amount of money in your writing today
  10. Write longhand for a few minutes around lunchtime
  11. Write about something warm.
  12. Write about icicles.
  13. Describe your hands.
  14. Write a romantic scene that includes chocolate.
  15. Write a scene that features a florist’s boquet.
  16. Write about a historical event as it would take place today.
  17. Write about your twin.
  18. Write about your favorite childhood game.
  19. Compose a poem about a work of art.
  20. Research a contest, then enter it.
  21. Describe speech 3 ways, drawing on a different sense each time.
  22. Start with: “The mother slapped the plates down on the table…”
  23. Write about a serendipitous event.
  24. Use these words: adopt, kindred, light.
  25. List 5 life “forks”; describe the outcome had you chosen differently at one.
  26. Write a scene in the present tense.
  27. Write about flying.
  28. Create a new color name. Describe your color.
  29. Write about life on another planet.

January 2004
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. What did you do New Year’s Eve?
  2. Set three writing goals for the new year.
  3. Start with “It was just beginning to snow.”
  4. Write about a winter wedding,
  5. Describe your favorite snack food.
  6. Write about a baker’s dozen
  7. Write about a first
  8. Ring around the…
  9. The tide turns
  10. Your character has a secret skill
  11. Write a scene that takes place at the zoo.
  12. Write about something warm.
  13. Describe a snowy landscape.
  14. Describe your character drinking something from a steaming cup.
  15. Write about the mountains.
  16. Write about an ordinary event that turns extraordinary.
  17. Write about a bad habit.
  18. Write about your first love.
  19. Write a commercial.
  20. Walk to the store and write about the journey.
  21. Write about an answered wish.
  22. Start with: “I am called ____________, which suits me.”
  23. Use these words: minibar, cashew, temptress.
  24. Describe greed 3 ways, drawing on a different sense each time.
  25. List 5 commercials, then explain why they work/don’t work.
  26. Base a story on a martini goblet.
  27. Write about how to fry an egg.
  28. Begin with “This is delicious”
  29. Write about your earliest memory of winter.
  30. Write about a greek fisherman’s cap.
  31. Write about a lunch box.