February 2006
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  2. The scene is interrupted by a delivery.
  3. Use “graphic” and “impress.”
  4. Set a scene at a yard/garage/car boot sale.
  5. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: water, earlier, stung, green, snakes.
    2. Use the phrase “Have you considered all the consequences”
    3. Use the phrase, “waiting for the _____”
  6. “Where are the grapes?”
  7. Your character went from a brunette to a redhead (or blonde).
  8. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  9. Someone interrupts to serve tea.
  10. Use “kite” and “jacket.”
  11. Set the scene during a sporting event.
  12. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: pounds needed think bricked scandal.
    2. Use the phrase “I like your…”
    3. Write about a change of plans, and opportunity missed because of it.
  13. “It’s just a saying.”
  14. Your character comes from a family of criminals.
  15. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  16. Write a scene involving rope.
  17. Use “consolidate” and “impress.”
  18. Set the scene at a park dedication ceremony.
  19. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: serious, papers, caution, excessively, smashed.
    2. Use the phrase “Odd, that this should seem a threat.” You may paraphrase if necessary.
    3. Mention a mythical beast or supernatural being.
  20. “I’ll have a cafe mocha vodka valium latte to go please.”
  21. Your character participates in an unusual sport.
  22. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  23. A crowd begins to gather.
  24. Use “hour” and “curdle.”
  25. Set the scene in a studio apartment.
  26. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: didn’t, scare, pretend, shadow, else’s.
    2. Use the phrase “… only ____ more weeks of ____” (filling in the blanks)
    3. Write for as long as you can using words with just one or two syllables.
  27. “If I can’t do it naked, I won’t do it at all.”
  28. Your character’s birthday is Feb. 29.

January 2006
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Do you have a writing resolution for the new year? Make one.
  2. “Pass me the graham crackers.”
  3. Your character is asthmatic.
  4. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  5. A storm rumbles in the distance.
  6. Use “orange” and “greet” in a story/poem.
  7. Set the scene in a coffee house that used to be a bar.
  8. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: sense, times, level, until, living.
    2. Write about something that could have happened, but didn’t.
    3. Complete the phrase, “that’s another way of saying ______.”
  9. “That’s not what George said.”
  10. Your character is a cat person.
  11. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  12. Enter an old flame with money trouble.
  13. Use “element” and “snow” in a story/poem.
  14. Set the scene in an ER waiting room.
  15. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: usually, theirs, listening, jumped, another.
    2. Use the phrase “what a night.”
    3. Write about a sudden change in the weather (literal or metaphorical).
  16. “I’m having trouble breathing.”
  17. Your character has memory blackouts.
  18. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  19. Begin your story/poem with the reading of a will.
  20. Use “toothpick” and “young” in a story/poem.
  21. Set the scene at a parade.
  22. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: emotional, reader, Friday, large, preferably.
    2. Use the phrase “my life has been completely upset.”
    3. Write a sentence (or phrase, or more than one sentence, however much it takes) where the each word begins with the following letters, in order: I, B, S, T, M, A.
  23. “What are the soups today?.”
  24. Your character has a bank balance of $/£43.76.
  25. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  26. Rewrite a conversation. placing your characters horizontal (or vertical).
  27. Use “false” and “fifty-five/55” in a story/poem.
  28. Set the scene in the town where you lived during 3rd grade.
  29. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: trading, crescent, first, battles, short.
    2. Use the phrase, “a week from now.”
    3. Incorporate a mistranslation, or something lost in translation, into your plot.
  30. “I want to watch.”
  31. Your character only eats green food.