February 2009
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: answered, clothes, again, handed, tears.
    2. Write about the moment of hesitation before a decision is made.
    3. Write about not being able to go somewhere.
  2. I felt mortified…
  3. He knew he’d survive another year.
  4. Everything was going wrong.
  5. A fire glowed on a hearth of flat stones.
  6. I’d rather be alone.
  7. His body evoked images of street side fire hydrants.
  8. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: turkey, problem, stuff, board, attractive.
    2. Write about something inherited.
    3. Write about doing without something once thought essential.
  9. Her house was unnaturally clean.
  10. Your MC counts cars while waiting for the bus… what color?
  11. Jonas lived for basketball.
  12. Melissa hated cheese.
  13. Rick decided he would not dignify her email with an answer.
  14. Write about the many facets of love.
  15. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: entirely, thinking, which, windows, drove.
    2. Write about a character’s name.
    3. Write about doing something inappropriate.
  16. Disappointment ruled her day.
  17. His hug cracked two of her ribs.
  18. An unexpected phone call.
  19. Hills soft with the pale green of spring.
  20. The puddled water reflected the purple and yellow mailbox.
  21. His eyes were so blue I wanted to swim in them.
  22. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: table, since, first, sound, talking.
    2. Use the phrase “You weren’t supposed to know that.”
    3. Fill in the blanks: “_______ is not like ________.”
  23. The restaurant was warm, crowded and loud.
  24. He walked like a crab.
  25. A green-striped shirt with sweat stains under the arms.
  26. His lies were beguiling.
  27. Sometimes, in bright sun, I feel a need to sing tribal songs.
  28. My ears rang from the explosion.

January 2009
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “I do the same three things the first Thursday of each month: …”
  2. One green shoe.
  3. Write a story focusing on taste and flavor.
  4. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: circle, spiky, hours, small, laugh.
    2. Use the phrase “turn of phrase.”
    3. Write about the taste of something (or someone…).
  5. His cheeks were pink with wind.
  6. Write about a new beginning that your MC doesn’t want.
  7. Use this line of dialogue: “Never let him know.”
  8. First line: “Her skirt seemed to be made of feathers and stars.”
  9. Write about a man growing a beard over a week’s vacation
  10. “He changed nothing, except for his tie.”
  11. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: within, apart, leave, doing, agreement.
    2. Write about about having a limited quantity of something.
    3. Use the phrase, “The $noun awakens.” Extra points if it’s a weasel.
  12. Write about three things in your refrigerator.
  13. Write a scene of a couple arguing about directions.
  14. Setting: a playground covered in snow.
  15. Your MC emerges with an article of clothing worn inside out.
  16. Write a sestina.
  17. Theme: anxiety.
  18. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: drops, autonomy, stark, skull, fifty.
    2. Write about using an object for a purpose other than that for which it was designed.
    3. Use the phrase, “like it was yesterday.”
  19. Setting: an abandoned beachfront hotel.
  20. Write a chase scene of 900-1100 words.
  21. Find an old story or poem and change its ending.
  22. She wore a short skirt with tall boots the color of red wine.
  23. Write about bad advice followed.
  24. Write a love scene with a female character named Charlie.
  25. Do the Sunday Brunch prompts and post your exercises
    1. Use the following words: inconsiderable, going, version, might, rotor.
    2. Write about about arriving too early.
    3. Use the phrase, “My mother always told me.”
  26. A paper bag containing a pair of eyeglasses and a wallet.
  27. “Everyone pick a partner and let’s get started.”
  28. An old man in a hat hits golf balls on his lawn.
  29. Write a conversation sparked by a crossword puzzle clue.
  30. Write about a boy named Rex singing an Elvis song.
  31. Write a rondeau.