December 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: pin shape shake silent public.
    2. Write about reading lips.
    3. Sometimes no response is the right response.
  2. Write about a calendar not synchronized with the civil one.
  3. Use these words: thug, chapter seven, mainstream, sailing, circumnavigation.
  4. Write about comfort food.
  5. A character who shares a name with a month or a day of the week.
  6. “A date that will live in infamy.”
  7. Use one of your hobbies as a metaphor for writing.
  8. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: white, talk, hid, desperate, cotton.
    2. Write about living with a tree.
    3. Use the phrase “It doubles every hour.”
  9. Eating all the food in the house while pulling an all-nighter.
  10. Ingredient substitution in a recipe.
  11. Use these words: porcupines, arboreal, anthropomorphized, robots, denizen.
  12. Write about a remarkable number.
  13. Use one of your given names as a character’s family name.
  14. “Who should I ask about this?”
  15. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: children, things, lunar, observe, street.
    2. Write about a late-night phone call.
    3. Use the phrase “My muscles remember.”
  16. Write about missing something obvious.
  17. Make a list. Check it twice
  18. Write about magical pigs.
  19. A character who’s a self-proclaimed social media expert.
  20. “Why do I have to remember this number?”
  21. Use these words: spoonful, oyster, cookbook, cashews, serrated.
  22. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: color, earth, geranium, moaning, sweep.
    2. Write about life events intruding on plans.
    3. Use the phrase “Ho, ho, ho.”
  23. A long-distance relationship.
  24. How many ______ does it take to put together a bicycle?
  25. A character participates in the Christmas Bird Count.
  26. Write about a small animal and some empty boxes.
  27. A second set of eyes.
  28. Write about getting a date for a New Years Eve party.
  29. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
  30. On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
  31. A book that contains a secret.

November 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A conversation about the weather, with subtext
  2. A male character who’s afraid of blood.
  3. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: approaching, jacket, ticket, focus, display
    2. Use the phrase “Do you want fries with that?”
    3. Fill in the blank: “everything’s better with ______”
  4. Start with a foregone conclusion.
  5. Procrastinating something urgent by doing something trivial
  6. Set your story in a town called Spuzzum.
  7. “On the third hand…”
  8. Take it up to eleven.
  9. A cat in your character’s lap, interfering.
  10. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: stiff, broken, overhead, continue, spring.
    2. Write about a myth or local legend.
    3. “That’s the way it happened. I think.”
  11. The 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour.
  12. Someone makes a Freudian slip.
  13. Friday, uh, no, Wednesday the 13th
  14. Use your artistic license.
  15. Use observation of an animal to write about aliens
  16. A character plays an eight-letter Scrabble word.
  17. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: sputtered doves shore pin lunar.
    2. A character says, “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.” (h/t to Bob)
    3. Use the phrase, “What if I don’t?”
  18. Insert a red herring.
  19. Write about telling a long-held secret
  20. One character lies to another: “That’s against my religion.”
  21. “Do you want puppies? Or existentialism?”
  22. Falling into an internet wormhole.
  23. “How high should the seawall be?”
  24. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: crepe marriage white bring incantations.
    2. Use the phrase “Drivers may be difficult.”
    3. Write about a rainbow seen in an unexpected place.
  25. Write about a purring… dragon.
  26. Write some purple prose.
  27. Use a vanity license plate in your story
  28. A snarky non-human sidekick.
  29. Finish your Nano today, a day early!
  30. A potty emergency.

October 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandLawnchairs on a rooftop.
  2. Write about an apartment with transparent interior walls.
  3. “It feels like I’m trapped in giant vat of macaroni and cheese.”
  4. Using a drug to change someone else’s mood
  5. A choreographed-for-YouTube marriage proposal where the askee says “no.”
  6. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: cold, shield, voice, sweep, flown
    2. Write about tending plants.
    3. Use the phrase: “The thing about _____ is …”
  7. A person carrying a 24-pack of toilet paper under their arm.
  8. Several different things to do in a workshop.
  9. “When the time is right I’ll strike.”
  10. An idle lull before a very busy time.
  11. The nocturnal habits of your neighbors.
  12. A dreaded obligation
  13. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: place, wheelbarrow, eating, like, bring.
    2. Write about a seasonal food.
    3. Write about interrupting someone who’s already busy.
  14. Write about a gadget to measure pain.
  15. Use these 5 words: discusses, peevishness, harangued, belie, clumped.
  16. “There are two ways to do things: the right way, and the Army way.”
  17. Q: “What are the people like here?” A: “They’re really cold & unfriendly.”
  18. “That’s a lot worse than we designed it for.”
  19. Your MC is stuck in an elevator with half a dozen people.
  20. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: innate, panic, secret, teeth, behind
    2. Use the phrase “Nothing had happened when I went to bed.”
    3. Write about a reflection or reversal.
  21. A house with avocado green appliances.
  22. A trio whose 3rd member isn’t as good.
  23. Use these 5 words: check-up, boulevard, betray, chromatic, salamander.
  24. Fill in: “It’s like ______, only not.”
  25. Man, yelling. “I’m going to lower my voice. No. F— it.” Yelling resumes.
  26. “Nobody’s watching. Write a lower number.”
  27. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: light, there, share, lunar, synthesis.
    2. Write about an ambiguous sign.
    3. Write about waiting for something that might not happen.
  28. Write about something not-quite beautiful.
  29. Chalk drawings on the sidewalk.
  30. “And we’re back.”
  31. Use these 5 words: bewitched, glistens, lunched, agglomerating, hideaway.

September 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: Midnight, world, bark, bring, weep.
    2. Write about a physically awkward situation.
    3. “S/he is never late; s/he arrives precisely when s/he means to.”
  2. Revisit your 2013 writing goals + make a fresh list for the fall.
  3. “If you’re not cussing, you’re not doing it right.”
  4. Write about a character with islomania.
  5. Write in the voice of an inanimate object.
  6. Follow @FriNightWrites + tweet your word count w/ the hashtag #writeclub.
  7. Why not the best?
  8. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: Pianos, crossing, woods, traffic, preserve.
    2. Fill in the blank: “it’s that time of year when _____”
    3. Fill in the blank: “Don’t get lost on the way to ________.”
  9. “Keep a copy in case you mess it up.”
  10. Share a favorite quote about writing. Use the hashtag #TCwq.
  11. Listen to the Mozart Requiem and write based on the mood.
  12. Add one of the following to your story: a bear, a flood, a politician.
  13. Write about a lucky Friday the 13th
  14. Follow #amwriting + use one of the writer’s names for a character.
  15. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: moaning, private, neglected, rest, share.
    2. A character gives a false name.
    3. Use the phrase, “And… it doesn’t work.”
  16. Use these new words: twerk, selfie, MOOC, derp, buzzworthy.
  17. Reverse the gender of one of your characters.
  18. It’s #WriterWednesday aka #ww. Give a favorite writer a shout out.
  19. Write about a very strange animal.
  20. It’s Friday! What are you reading? Tag your tweet with #FridayReads.
  21. Write in the first person without first person pronouns.
  22. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: parties, running, counting, retroactively, color
    2. Use the phrase, “A funny thing happened on the way to ____”
    3. Use the phrase, “It was a good system.”
  23. Write about unknown unknowns making their existence felt.
  24. Procrastinating? Give yourself a kickstart by playing Writer’s Excuse Bingo.
  25. “Only 2 more. You can survive that.”
  26. Browse through archived APIEH writing exercises + choose one to do.
  27. Write about chickening out.
  28. Use the most recent “Word of the Week” as the theme of a story or poem.
  29. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: silent, boxes, world, begin, rankling.
    2. Fill in the blank, “According to my dad, _______.”
    3. A character is confused by an interruption.
  30. Write a writing prompt + submit it!

August 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Tell a story in drawings or photos.
  2. Write about a sudden rain storm.
  3. Your MC finds a box of maps on the sidewalk.
  4. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: sanctions, wedding, monsoon, unplugged, mansion. Bonus Word: bureau.
    2. Use either (or both) of the phrases, “Is there a doctor in the house?” or “Mack is back in town!”.
    3. Continue, complete, or be inspired by the following — John: “They had been lost for two days, then the wolves came, and the rest is history.” Jane: “Yes, I think I can fill in the blanks.”
  5. “Everyone on Twitter is a writer.”
  6. Write about a fear of public speaking.
  7. Search “breaks their silence” & use one of the results as a story opening.
  8. Use these words: write, right, rite, wright.
  9. Write a haiku + tweet it.
  10. Write about unexpected wildlife.
  11. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: fog, librarian, shameful, misuse, beats.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “When you’re ________, I’m still _________.”
    3. Use the phrase, “It quit, halfway through.”
  12. Do what’s needful and worry about feelings later.
  13. A fish story.
  14. Write about nodding off to sleep.
  15. Comment on a blog you a) regularly read b) haven’t previously delurked at.
  16. There’s a blank space: fill it.
  17. New character: a climate-change denier.
  18. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: bridge, furniture, knee, trust, deep.
    2. Use the following phrase: “Use this photo when they arrive to explain what happened.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “The first step is _______.”
  19. Write a secret on a postcard and send it to postsecret.com
  20. Write about not using information that came from secret sources.
  21. Someone is bluffing… do they pull it off?
  22. “I don’t think that will work.”
  23. Take the time to read + respond to a writing buddy’s recently-published work
  24. A lazy afternoon when nothing happens, except…
  25. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: street, excerpt, windy, barking, slights.
    2. Use the phrase, “a few ______ short of a ______”.
    3. Fill in the blank: “At the time, we had access to _________.”
  26. “Is that fog?”
  27. “Don’t judge me, but I don’t love my ____ anymore.”
  28. Write about a hole in someone’s memory.
  29. Use these words: hedgehog, wildfire, genome, playwright.
  30. Write about pretending not to like something.
  31. Write a positive msg on a sticky note + leave it for a stranger to find.

July 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about reaching a project milestone.
  2. Write about a strike.
  3. “I’ll do the odds, you do the evens.”
  4. One of your characters is on the run!
  5. Everything is oddly quiet.
  6. A devastating fall.
  7. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: survivor, cigarette, exact, greeting, howled.
    2. Write about taking an idiom literally.
    3. Write about memories of someone no longer there.
  8. Write about something that’s 100 years old in 2013.
  9. Write about throwing away something unused for years.
  10. Use these words: wildfire, squad, beauties, growing, dugout.
  11. “I never knew what entropy was before I owned a house.”
  12. Write about “The War on _______.”
  13. Write about stumbling into something you were not meant to see.
  14. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: unsnapping, discharged, concentrate, eyes, short.
    2. Use the phrase, “When it bends?”
    3. Use the phrase, “There are three problems with that.”
  15. “Wow. You mean there’s a pattern?”
  16. A character downloads an X-ray vision app. What happens next?
  17. Write about an inconvenient storm.
  18. Your MC stands up for something she or he believes in.
  19. Invent a new genre and write a story in it.
  20. Use these words: select, highlights, accomplish, habits, babble.
  21. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: extra, knees, often, welcoming, front.
    2. Write about a map.
    3. Write about too much happening at once.
  22. Your MC discovers a person they’ve looked up to is racist.
  23. “Each of them has his own color of ink.”
  24. A character’s pet is a hybrid of 2 dissimilar species, e.g. a zebracat.
  25. “Each of them has her own color of ink.”
  26. You get the opp. to cowrite an epi of your fave TV show. Write about it.
  27. “That’s a little unconventional, don’t you think?”
  28. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: shut, balance, footage, drain, session.
    2. Use the phrase, “I haven’t had time to open the newspaper.”
    3. Write about a mythical character or creature.
  29. Write about something that only happens in hot weather.
  30. Drop what you’re doing and write for 15 minutes! Go!
  31. “If you want something done, ask somebody who’s busy.”

June 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “It feels like I’m trapped in giant vat of macaroni and cheese.”
  2. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: basket, found, shook, endless, energy
    2. Write about waiting and worrying.
    3. Write about performing a repetitive task, and doing it wrong.
  3. “When the time is right I’ll strike.”
  4. Write about a parade.
  5. A man talking on a pay phone.
  6. Write about extra snow days at the end of the school year.
  7. Tourists taking photographs in front of an iconic location.
  8. Dog straining at the leash.
  9. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beach, seasons, basement, barrow, barking.
    2. Fill in the blank: “the _____ at the end of the world”
    3. Write about a secret not quite told.
  10. “I’ve been watching that.”
  11. Your characters find themselves in the midst of a natural disaster.
  12. Write about assuming an alias.
  13. Repeated denials in the face of overwhelming evidence.
  14. Write something in crayon.
  15. What luck! You’re the last car on the ferry. Write what happens next.
  16. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: plastic, laughter, subway, metal, closed
    2. Write about something that you find in a high school.
    3. Fill in the blank: “What are your feelings about ________?”
  17. “That’s not okay.”
  18. “Not that strange, really, just slightly odd.”
  19. Write the pilot for one of these fake reality shows.
  20. Write about someone else’s holiday.
  21. Submit your AMT entry. Break out your favorite beverage + celebrate!
  22. “I feel as if I don’t know you at all.”
  23. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: accounted, slowly, walkway, through, swung.
    2. Write about a method of predicting the future.
    3. Write about a mantra or other oft-repeated word or phrase.
  24. “I do not like green eggs and ham.”
  25. Write about quitting your day job.
  26. A character acquires a nickname.
  27. Write about what you love + hate about social media.
  28. “When the going gets tough, _______.”
  29. Watch a bad movie *that you like* + discuss why it’s likable.
  30. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: wall, clear, hands, scattered, minutes
    2. Write about the end of a cultural era.
    3. Use the phrase, “It’s a work in progress.”

May 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “Mayday! Mayday!”
  2. Sunny, but unseasonably cold.
  3. Write about wallowing in mud.
  4. A young man wearing a golf cap, knock-off Aviators & a thrifted car coat.
  5. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: changed, expect, intersection, silently, guts
    2. Fill in the blanks: “You know it’s _______ when it’s ______.”
    3. Write about something that is open that should be closed, or vice versa.
  6. A name graffitied in large block letters throughout your neighborhood.
  7. Will I be able to find this when I need it?
  8. Seeing _____ misspelled for the zillionth time drives your MC into a rage.
  9. “Who wants to know?”
  10. A talking moose.
  11. One picked flower, wilting on the sidewalk.
  12. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: looking, windy, ourselves, smooth, stone.
    2. Write about something that’s in the way.
    3. Use the phrase, “Please don’t touch me.” (h/t bob)
  13. “When can we do it again?”
  14. “You know Barney Stinson? *I’m* Barney Stinson!”
  15. “Did I miss it?”
  16. Someone stops you to ask for directions.
  17. A young man’s fancy turns to _____.
  18. Describe the perfect pizza.
  19. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: lulled, spoon, weighed, pictures, crimson
    2. Use the phrase, “Don’t make me turn ____ loose.”
    3. Write about a false alarm.
  20. “Attention, passengers. Due to construction, this bus is rerouting via…”
  21. Write about the subjective shape of a pain.
  22. Petals litter the ground like pink snow.
  23. Is it rude to ask if you’re done yet?
  24. Write about losing your car in a large parking lot.
  25. A long weekend interrupted by work.
  26. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: exuberant, author, eating, young, ourselves.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “I’m a _____, not a _____.”
    3. Write about an error that produces insight. (h/t bob)
  27. “It’s all fun and games until _____.”
  28. Write about being denied soup.
  29. “I’m not exactly what I seem to be.”
  30. Write about finding out upsetting news via social media.
  31. “Why am I not surprised?”

April 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about an especially April foolish thing to do.
  2. It’s a mystery. Your clues are: a pair of boots, a castle, and a casket.
  3. Write about celebrating a holiday on the wrong date.
  4. Use these 5 words: inane, song, secret, kiss, alley.
  5. “That’s not in the book.”
  6. An unusual guidebook.
  7. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: cycle, drain, true, class, burn
    2. Write about a character who’s known only as “The ______.”
    3. Fill in the blanks: “_____ doesn’t always _______.”
  8. Write about a sulky ghost.
  9. “No. Which means yes.”
  10. April is Poetry Month. Write a poem that rhymes.
  11. What else is in the eye of the beholder?
  12. Imagine you’re drinking icewater & eating cherries. Write about it.
  13. “Are you harshing on my nostalgia?”
  14. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: against, looking, apathy, between, perturbed.
    2. Write about a combination of things that is rare and therefore dangerous.
    3. Use the phrase, “as everyone knows” for something untrue.
  15. “Don’t open the closet door!”
  16. Clogs or moccasins?
  17. Write about an undiagnosed illness.
  18. “This tie is asphyxiating me.”
  19. Write about a false alarm.
  20. “Wait. There’s no backspace key!”
  21. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: famine, muffled, world, synthesis, stars.
    2. Write about something that’s flimsy.
    3. Use the phrase, “I may not be there with you.” (h/t bob)
  22. The expectations entwined in a bouquet of flowers.
  23. If you want something done, ask somebody who’s busy.
  24. Write about exhausted mermaids.
  25. Only 8 more shopping months til Christmas!
  26. Use these 5 words: following, dread, shy, play, letter.
  27. The cat has figured out how to open the cupboard.
  28. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: table, black, stalk, iteration, inside
    2. Write about a dividing wall.
    3. Write about opening a door or a window.
  29. Write about a hagiographer.
  30. “It’s just simple arithmetic.”

March 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. What’s wrong with this picture?
  2. “What was that number again?”
  3. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: their, dance, settled, grunted, immediately.
    2. Drop everything and write a haiku.
    3. Use the phrase, “That seems like an exaggeration.”
  4. March Forth!
  5. She just checked out.
  6. Use a familiar word to mean something unfamiliar.
  7. “I’ve heard all those words, but not put together like that.”
  8. Your character is reluctant to ask for help.
  9. I found something shinier.
  10. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: spotlight, emerges, exist, brown, mumble
    2. Use the phrase, “I found something shinier.”
    3. Write about an odd combination of aromas or flavors.
  11. Name something after your main character.
  12. Make up a holiday & write about it.
  13. Same argument, but with a new twist.
  14. Bad news at a doctor’s office.
  15. “Beware the Ideas of March”
  16. Write about a new habit/practice you’ve begun since Jan 1st.
  17. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: himself, ellipses, restlessly, surface, brushing.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “they’re _____ because they’re ______.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “I _____ed while in the nether land.” (h/t bob)
  18. “Let me tell you about this cave formation.”
  19. Use these three words: glass, frostbite, shimmer.
  20. Write about something that seems to be metal.
  21. “Sorry, you’re not a member.”
  22. Use these three words: garden, rain, tomato.
  23. Write in a library today.
  24. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: fault, shiver, mirrors, shape, falling
    2. Write about something a neighbor did.
    3. Compare a character to an animal.
  25. Write about unwrapping something.
  26. “We have a warrant for your arrest.”
  27. Use these three words: mint, spare change, confetti.
  28. Look at an object from two or more ways, then write about it.
  29. “You could at least make a little effort.”
  30. Your MC needs to go upstairs, but is suffering from inertia.
  31. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: notches, landing, surface, added, drifted.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “don’t judge a _____ by (his/her/its) ______”
    3. Use the phrase, “You don’t have anything I want.” (h/t bob)