February 2011
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “I have to reclaim my life.”
  2. The park was full of pigeons and panhandlers.
  3. He’s so shallow not even a minnow could drown in his depth.
  4. A conversation on a city bus.
  5. She seemed to be medically allergic to children.
  6. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: broke, streets, fire, half, draft
    2. Use the phrase “The first time I met him/her”
    3. Write about cycles.
  7. “No one can hate quite as hard as someone who used to love.”
  8. Next door neighbors having a violent argument, what does your m/c do?
  9. “I swear, even when he smiles, it’s a frown.”
  10. A badly dented police car.
  11. Ugliness can lurk behind beauty.
  12. A toddler walking her stroller.
  13. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: fortune, along, cross, never, lift.
    2. Fill in the blank: This is what ______ looks like.
    3. Use the phrase “you could not change.”
  14. I lost myself in the wonder of you.
  15. Scenes from a bowling alley.
  16. Your m/c is a professional dog walker.
  17. He felt comforted and bitter at being different from other people.
  18. The church bells grew fainter.
  19. “And the miracle happened.”
  20. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: front, drag, summers, miles, egg
    2. Create a neologism that your character uses.
    3. Write about being paralyzed by choice. (Or, an alternate prompt: Write about something you waste time on)
  21. She spent her retirement attending free lectures.
  22. His voice scraped the eardrum like a dull razor.
  23. A perfect pair of worn in shoes.
  24. Use a wheel chair, Mexican coke and a red scarf in a short story or poem.
  25. She could not abide his immaturity.
  26. A bald man polishing his head.
  27. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: breath, formation, headlong, coarse, slowly.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “Everything’s _____er with _______”
    3. Use the phrase “We could all use an Igor.”
  28. Your m/c is asked “What can I do?” Why?

January 2011
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Begin a new project. Don’t work on the old stuff today!
  2. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: clockwork, basket, yipping, among, spoon.
    2. Write about a bridge.
    3. Write about dubious wisdom.
  3. The code doesn’t work and the clock is ticking.
  4. Write about a town called Sin.
  5. The date on the check was right but the total wasn’t.
  6. An easily escapable situation your MC can’t seem to escape.
  7. “If you don’t want drama, stop buying tickets to the show.”
  8. A toasted cheese sandwich for lunch plus the perfect side item… (?).
  9. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: turns, wearing, variations, framed, reveal.
    2. Bob: “I hate pithy.”
    3. sydney: “Thirteenth paring.”
    4. toxicfur: Your point-of-view character has lost all ability to communicate.
    5. bo: “How tired I am of words,” she said.
    6. aethucyn I survive entirely on ______ and the ________ of others.
    7. sabeth: Write about something that is saved up and never used.
    8. Sue: use “kissed a frog”
    9. ana: Write about a talking bird
    10. firesnake: Include an internet meme. (LOLcats, double rainbow, all your base, whatever.)
  10. The distant train whistle sounds through the bare woods.
  11. A pleasant debate takes a personal turn for the MC.
  12. “Why don’t you take your tree down until January 12?”
  13. Write the story behind a character’s tattoo or scar.
  14. Your story begins as the MC leaves a salon or barbershop with a drastic look.
  15. Get unstuck: have your MC become either predator or prey.
  16. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: mostly, fewer, necessary, drag, puffed.
    2. Write about a moment of choosing to accept one’s destiny.
    3. “Good night, my little were-kangaroos of joy.” (Apologies to Warren Ellis, who tweeted this phrase).
  17. Add a small town politician into your mix of characters.
  18. Write a revenge story (without including any backstory).
  19. He brought her a roast beef sandwich and a Harry Potter Blu-Ray.
  20. Use red and blue as inspiration or theme for a story or poem.
  21. “How about a nice hot cup of shut the ___ up?”
  22. The girl next door used to be a CIA agent in Kiev.
  23. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: saddest, rolling, table, burnt, handful
    2. Write about a teapot in a tempest.
    3. Fill in the blanks: “_______ is the opposite of ________”
  24. “I don’t know what it is but it’s not the old lady’s ghost up there.”
  25. A celebrity goes to the grocery store to buy bananas and bread.
  26. The entry port froze solid as he slipped inside the station.
  27. “It could be worse. I could be Sting.”
  28. A character searching for ways to remove blood stains from carpeting.
  29. Two men in dress shirts meeting for coffee at the bookstore.
  30. Get today’s Sunday Brunch Prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: deviate, failing, maple, could, critters.
    2. Write about something that happened a significant number of years ago.
    3. Use the phrase, “You’re just jealous of my superpower.”
  31. “Hold it right there. I ain’t finished.”