December 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. The shortcomings of your character’s parents.
  2. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: here, distance, falls, directly, rubber.
    2. Write about a mythical beast.
    3. Use the phrase, “it would be funnier if …”
  3. Sitting in traffic in sunny California.
  4. A confused warrior lamenting death on the battlefield.
  5. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  6. The root of prejudice is fear.
  7. The thread of friendship expanding.
  8. The excruciating pain of loss and the extraordinary power of love.
  9. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: hands, gentle, guessing, idea, habitable.
    2. Write about trading one thing for another.
    3. Write about something that happens very early in the morning.
  10. What makes us human.
  11. I could have been a frog.
  12. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  13. A childhood in Jamaica.
  14. Two kites flying together.
  15. Freedom opens the future like a hand-held fan.
  16. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: mention, month, demanded, loathe, results.
    2. Write about heavy lifting.
    3. Fill in the blank: “Home is ______”
  17. There is nothing rational in a male-dominated society.
  18. Were you scared when………?
  19. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  20. She left the interior light on in her car…
  21. Dead of Winter Writing Contest Deadline.
  22. This is a day when all things find balance.
  23. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: wanted, secrets, partition, noticed, future.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “the best thing about ______”.
    3. Write about anticipation.
  24. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of money.
  25. A moment of realization.
  26. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  27. Do you believe in luck?
  28. Your main character 30 years from now.
  29. Describe forever.
  30. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: garbage, brought, illegible, mountain, shells.
    2. Write about enforced merriment.
    3. Use the phrase, “… just like everyone else.”
  31. The cruelty of exclusion.

November 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. The many uses of floss.
  2. The soundscape of your neighborhood.
  3. The shattered pieces of a smashed cell phone.
  4. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: warehouse, soothing, landscape, soulless, drive.
    2. Write about perusing a catalog.
    3. Write something using a word that ends in “-ong”
  5. A strange, neurotic, possessive woman.
  6. The signs of Indian Summer.
  7. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  8. A summer of hot wind and drought.
  9. Eating alone at a kitchen table.
  10. She washed my mouth with Fels naptha soap.
  11. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: open, settled, poured, mechanism, maybe.
    2. Write something that involves a contrast between up/down or in/out.
    3. Use a homespun analogy: “$pronoun was as $adjective as a $adjective $noun in a $place.”
  12. He used to sell burial insurance.
  13. A cell phone ringing in a gym bag.
  14. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  15. Cats need mice to prove their dominion.
  16. That man has the personality of an earthworm.
  17. Fields dust blown and spiderwebbed with cracks.
  18. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: teary, nevertheless, cool, wonder, crossed.
    2. Use the phrase “Did you call her by the wrong name?” Bonus points for “Did you call her by her mother’s name?”
    3. Finish the phrase, “Babies fresh from the womb know _______”
  19. The steaming mist of warming dew.
  20. She was forced to look for additional income.
  21. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  22. The quicksand of memory and grief.
  23. Shards of light splintering through trees.
  24. His slouch suggested arrogance and cynicism.
  25. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: hands, gentle, guessing, idea, habitable.
    2. Write about an unpleasant surprise.
    3. Write about chickens.
  26. The invitation was more than a request, it was a summons.
  27. She could see the animal’s eyes, glistening like crystal beads in the dark.
  28. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  29. A fire can do a day’s work in a minute.
  30. Waking in the middle of the night from a deep and dreamless sleep.

October 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Her father missed gardening.
  2. He called the next day.
  3. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  4. I began to cry.
  5. She smelled instensely of spicy perfume.
  6. Avoiding him was not easy.
  7. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: across, spectacle, history, obscuring, replaced.
    2. Write about someone’s favorite or least favorite something.
    3. Write about something unpronounceable.
  8. He had very little curiosity.
  9. I began keeping other secrets.
  10. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  11. The snow was so bright it hurt my eyes.
  12. I crave silence.
  13. Love can go astray in the shifting sands.
  14. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: year, passion, scene, complicated, memory.
    2. Respond to a question with another question.
    3. Write about giving up a longtime habit.
  15. Two ballerinas in a rigorous choreography.
  16. She looked away, as if he were invisible.
  17. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  18. Somebody has been here.
  19. The sun shone through the beer bottles on the table.
  20. His smile slipped away like the calving of a glacier.
  21. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: without, sister, nestled, gotten, yeah.
    2. Use (or misuse) a sports metaphor.
    3. Write about diminished expectations.
  22. Shapeless as a manatee in a woman’s pink nightgown.
  23. I did not feel pain any more.
  24. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  25. What are the prevailing colors in your city?
  26. He clings to me like a starfish.
  27. The contents of a faded blue duffel bag.
  28. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: minor, white, trees, gently, receding.
    2. Write about a collection of objects.
    3. Use the phrase, “the location was filled with smoke.”
  29. Carving a pumpkin.
  30. Your character is afraid of turtleneck sweaters.
  31. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.

September 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A half empty green beer bottle and a white plate filled with fried shrimp.
  2. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: passing, windows, third, lucky, wives.
    2. Write about sleep deprivation.
    3. Write about a skill or piece of knowledge that everyone should have.
  3. what world do your characters live in?
  4. The hard, rounded surface of his face reminded me of an old baseball.
  5. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  6. “I can’t read that book; animals die.”
  7. The water was dark brown with mud and hyacinths.
  8. The sun was just a red ember among the trees.
  9. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: never, engraved, tart, between, waiting.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “make like _____ and _____”.
    3. Incorporate a bumper-sticker sized slogan into your story.
  10. He felt a tremendous weariness in his bones.
  11. Ethical was not in his vocabulary.
  12. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  13. They walked shoulder to shoulder.
  14. A grandfather clock stood sentinel where the windows met the bookshelves.
  15. She always said, “I’m in a period of adjustment.”
  16. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: almost, nights, scars, summer, metal.
    2. There was a recent headline that read: “Plane crash in Turkey. Dead feared.” Use the phrase “Dead feared.”
    3. Use the phrase, “then ______ could die happy.”
  17. Write down every cliche you hear today.
  18. “Do you know what this is?”
  19. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  20. Create a mythical beast.
  21. Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend.
  22. Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend.
  23. Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: hushed, deals, finishing, slowly, played.
    2. Describe someone’s pose or gesture.
    3. Write about a special treat.
  24. A dripping blond girl in a silver swim suit.
  25. Under his right eye was a looped scar that made his stare more pronounced.
  26. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  27. The gravel crunched loudly under my feet.
  28. I’ll never forget that summer.
  29. I woke to a clatter of birds in the trees outside my window.
  30. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: curled, despite, awareness, spent, fiber
    2. Write about an old photograph.
    3. Use the phrase, “Good things come in _______.”

August 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  2. That night the moon was yellow.
  3. Static electricity crackled in the sleeves of his coat.
  4. He believed driving the ambulance was meaningful.
  5. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: impossible, rain, second, education, already.
    2. Use a recorded voice in your story.
    3. Write about making excuses.
  6. One sticky August day…
  7. The water gleamed like a black pearl.
  8. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  9. Her thin, blue-veined hands never seemed to stop moving.
  10. It was a place of comfort and dreams.
  11. A sharp longing gave him courage.
  12. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: green, detox, anthem, linen, mail.
    2. Write about the temperature of something.
    3. Include a mis-used word in dialog.
  13. Oil lamps left an eerie yellowish glow.
  14. He felt the hard stone of sorrow melt inside of him.
  15. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  16. The easy madness of pulling a trigger that could end a life.
  17. In the end, wars destroy families, not nations.
  18. The dusty room smelled of sweet wood and paint.
  19. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: cloud, matter, youth, alarm, streets.
    2. Write about something that happens/happened in the middle of the night. (sabeth)
    3. Use the following situation: A little detective work and I found, near the door, a small note from the local power company, dated two weeks ago, letting me know that they [did something]. (toxicfur)
    4. Use the phrase, “It looked good in the dark.” (ana)
    5. Use a foreign phrase (assuming that you normally speak English, and thus a phrase in some other language from English). (aethucyn)
    6. Include a dead girl or a live boy in the back of the car with a mummy. (bo)
    7. Have a character prepare or eat food or Add details to the setting and/or add physical features to your character. (bob)
  20. On the way home from our holiday in Thailand.
  21. Elegant is my middle name.
  22. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  23. Movie going is a solitary process.
  24. He was cautious of commitment.
  25. A cranky, bald-headed, fat old man.
  26. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: doorbell, people, years, wonder, checking.
    2. Write about having too much time (or not enough).
    3. Write spilling something.
  27. There is nothing he can do here that will disqualify him.
  28. Mom had a nervous breakdown when I was 5.
  29. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  30. The street gave me comfort.
  31. A robust blond waitress.

July 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: kitchen, night, perform, gravel, implored.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “_______ are made to be ________”.
    3. Write about a reaction to too much information.
  2. Write a restaurant review. Include all senses.
  3. I noticed a hint of cinnamon in my Coke.
  4. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  5. Why do you let her abuse you like that?
  6. The photographs were curled with age.
  7. Create a nonsense word and use it twice today.
  8. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: filled, successful, fast, eyebrow, drinking.
    2. Write about a temporary disability.
    3. Fill in the blanks: “a ______ with a ______-shaped hole”
  9. He’s as ugly as home made sin.
  10. She walked into the party carrying two peacock feathers.
  11. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  12. Four men erecting a temporary dining tent.
  13. There were no mosquitoes in the park that night.
  14. Happy Bastille Day! Do something revolutionary.
  15. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: screen, respectively, already, wedding, voice.
    2. Write about something that’s expired.
    3. Write a scene or vignette from the point of view of an inanimate object.
  16. His gestures were not honest.
  17. We mixed iodine and baby oil…
  18. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new/
  19. I wasn’t in the mood for another hotel comedy.
  20. In the middle of the road was a dead cow.
  21. We were joined, like form and shadow.
  22. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: word, twelve, case, insight, kicked.
    2. Write about a minor injury.
    3. Write about a copy or imitation.
  23. The sound of their breathing, soft, like falling snow.
  24. She always steamed her rice.
  25. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  26. I had to learn what they knew.
  27. Tired looking men in work stained clothes.
  28. We were comfortable.
  29. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: laughter, showed, crack, renovate, attention.
    2. Write about two things that overlap or intersect.
    3. Write some dialog in words of one and two syllables.
  30. She felt the tingling of insight.
  31. He walked the rim of the lake.

June 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A door hanging from a single hinge.
  2. I hate to see a car abused.
  3. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: history, which, after, uncomfortable, exactly.
    2. Write about being unwelcome.
    3. Write about finishing something that’s been in progress for a long time.
  4. Deep bass rythms penetrated my walls.
  5. He was on alert for omens.
  6. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  7. A soft voice answered from the kitchen.
  8. His face scared her.
  9. I don’t trust clocks.
  10. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: world, terrifying, smell, brother, spend.
    2. Write about feeling groggy.
    3. Write about a border or a boundary.
  11. Why would anyone go to a senior prom?
  12. He alone understood this thing.
  13. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  14. She always wore pearls, even with jeans.
  15. Make a writing date with a fellow writer.
  16. He knew a holy gladness.
  17. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: amuse, operation, lapel, ears, unlikely.
    2. Write about doing something backwards.
    3. Write about nurturing something, perhaps a bit too late.
  18. Something moved in the shadows.
  19. A moment of green.
  20. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  21. Why do you care?
  22. Describe your landscape by texture.
  23. A smell that reminds you of someone.
  24. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: listening, downtown, culture, wanted, shared
    2. Write about an eerie coincidence.
    3. Write about a bad habit.
  25. She wanted to eviscerate the man weilding the hedge clippers.
  26. Explore an historical graveyard.
  27. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  28. A man called Dock. (Not Doc, DOCK!)
  29. Write a thank you letter to an elected official.
  30. Essay: Why I write.

May 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Membership in a self-congratulatory civic club.
  2. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  3. Then I remembered…
  4. It’s not a job people line up for.
  5. A wet, red dust hung in the air.
  6. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: decorative, recipient, third, hands, narrow.
    2. Fill in the blank: “There’s no such thing as ________ anymore.”
    3. Describe someone or something by listing the things he/she/it is not.
  7. The glare of sunlight struck her face like a slap.
  8. Sidewalks crackled by tree roots.
  9. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  10. He was an older man by seventeen years.
  11. The unbearable tension he could create.
  12. She loved the word morphology.
  13. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: once, broke, walking, might, fellow.
    2. Write about something (or someone) that’s in great demand.
    3. Write about running out of time.
  14. Narrow paintless houses, in rows like bad teeth.
  15. The apartment was empty.
  16. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  17. “Is he going to say a prayer?”
  18. A charitable drive that is of no consequence.
  19. The bus stop was just outside the hotel.
  20. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: suspicious, safer, consumed, morning, noisy.
    2. Write about a question that is left unanswered.
    3. Fill in the blanks: “When ________, I could _______.”
  21. She didn’t believe she was being selfish.
  22. I was unprepared for his embrace.
  23. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  24. The women in my family have trouble getting pregnant.
  25. My eyes flicked back to where the man was standing.
  26. Explore an historical graveyard. | Snobs with bad credit.
  27. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: rounded, split, place, anybody, organizations.
    2. Write about waiting til the last moment (or possibly a bit later).
    3. Write about someone or something not being where he/she/it is supposed to be.
  28. You can always tell when men dye their hair.
  29. If you don’t know the lives of chefs, how can you cook?
  30. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  31. His lips were scary thin.

April 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: anyway, spread, three, rather, detected.
    2. Write about forgetting something that seems important.
    3. Use the phrase “What would you like for dinner?”
  2. A sky as white as polished bone.
  3. Today I will fly.
  4. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  5. A smile like a thorn in the heart.
  6. The sun rose like a mist-shrouded egg yolk.
  7. Do robots make people sad?
  8. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: borrowed, lights, whispered, think, without.
    2. Write about someone feeling out of place.
    3. Write about something that’s unfinished.
  9. The room was furnished in white, except…
  10. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw him watching me.
  11. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  12. The sin I concealed in the confessional.
  13. A bird on the window sill chirping endlessly.
  14. I came here to relax.
  15. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: careful, worse, interest, bruises, pulled.
    2. Write about something that’s wet.
    3. Write about an inside joke.
  16. “You need glasses.”
  17. Sometimes at night she cried out in her sleep.
  18. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  19. The house was marbled with the shadows of clouds.
  20. A peaceful demonstration.
  21. “Now we are even.”
  22. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: predictable, longer, answers, world, originals.
    2. Write about a particularly distinctive smell.
    3. Write about missing something or someone.
  23. She was saddened to learn he was married.
  24. He hiccuped six times.
  25. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  26. Nothing could induce vanity in her.
  27. His smile a thin worm of pleasure.
  28. Tuesday morning the Sheriff called me.
  29. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: usage, experts, course, flannel, fixing.
    2. Write about an item of clothing being used in a manner other than being worn.
    3. Use a phrase in which a subject of your choice “hears the footsteps.”
  30. He was afraid to open the orange box.

March 2007
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A push-button paradise.
  2. Tangerines . . . fragrant fresh tangerines.
  3. Other people’s opinion would make no difference at the end of the day.
  4. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Ana says: Use the following words: ideas, engineering, amendment, oblique, women.
    2. Ana again: Write about a false promise.
    3. Aethucyn: Use a line from a song.
    4. Bob: Have a character say something contradictory or do something that is a contradiction.
    5. Toxicfur: Use the phrase “and you [or your character] can see the goats from here.”
    6. Janra: Write about something that is poorly designed.
    7. And now, bo: Write as if the following were the title of your piece/story: “The WereSlut of Avenue A.”
    8. And lastly, sabeth: Incorporate a list into what you write in the next ten minutes.
  5. Her moves were slow, almost languorous.
  6. He was no stranger to the rules.
  7. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  8. Never write me a thank-you note again.
  9. The room was littered with newspapers.
  10. He ignored her inability to dance.
  11. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: physical, reasons, round, universally, possible.
    2. Use the phrase “there’s nothing wrong with a little …” [fill in the blank]
    3. Write about walking.
  12. She might some day kill a man.
  13. “I thought he was gay.”
  14. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  15. I wept with the rain.
  16. Maps are for people without imagination.
  17. The letter carrier winked at me.
  18. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: would, back, killed, selling, details.
    2. Write about being delayed.
    3. Write about an odd noise or sound.
  19. The humid air smelled of dead fish.
  20. The person you didn’t marry.
  21. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  22. She became as fragile as a tea glass.
  23. Enter the contest, it’s fun!
  24. Keep writing that contest story. You can do it!
  25. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises.
    1. Use the following words: national, smart, there’s, torn, that.
    2. Write about a tennis ball.
    3. Write something involving a kind of food or drink.
  26. For him the color white resembled silence.
  27. She worried about being late for dinner.
  28. Use an archived AB article to improve existing work or to try something new.
  29. He was more comfortable talking to objects.
  30. Write a letter to someone who won’t expect it.
  31. Her presence was bewildering.