May 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “Mayday! Mayday!”
  2. Start with this line of dialogue: “Look no further!”
  3. “There will be a price to pay.”
  4. Write about sharing war stories.
  5. “Be quiet, both of you, and work together.”
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  7. “It’s chilly in the cave.”
  8. Use the following phrase: thunderbolts and lightning
  9. Write about using the wind to advantage.
  10. Use the following phrase: already has my heart
  11. A new building, without windows.
  12. Your protagonist is named Prashansa Iyer.
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  14. Use the following phrase: a monarchy with racist baggage
  15. Write about a character who’s illiterate.
  16. Your protagonist is a criminal.
  17. Alone, after the memorial service.
  18. Use these 5 words: repent, colleague, siphon, weeping willow, wholesale.
  19. Use the phrase “Let me handle this.”
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  21. An unfortunate anniversary.
  22. Use these 5 words: keelhaul, vigorous, uncivilized, topnotch, avatar.
  23. “Stay tuned, you’ll see.”
  24. Your antagonist is a sailboat captain.
  25. Write about a poor translation.
  26. Use the following phrase: as far as Mars–and beyond
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  28. Use these 5 words: popcorn, voyage, dashing, mature, symptomatic.
  29. Write a ten-minute play.
  30. Start with this line of dialogue: “You may know her from…”
  31. “Last person out, please turn out the lights.”

April 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: number, architecture, alarm, bounce, shrink.
    2. Write about bailing out of a planned activity.
    3. Use the phrase “No good deed goes unpunished.”
  2. Your antagonist is named Maxim Ibarra.
  3. Cat, asleep with all 4 feet in the air.
  4. Use these words: trailblazer, bunk bed, indiscreet, grassroots, underground.
  5. That one channel you wanted to watch won’t work.
  6. Use the following phrase: even weirdos need some kindness
  7. Watching weather reports very carefully
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    1. Use the following five words: convenience, piano, danger, asylum, axis.
    2. Write about feeling sad for no obvious reason.
    3. Use the phrase “Was that fun?”
  9. “I’m sorry I didn’t do that when you wanted.”
  10. Use the following phrase: all that rage is a mask
  11. Asking strange questions.
  12. Start with this dialogue: “We’ve become numb to this sort of behavior.”
  13. “No good deed goes unpunished.”
  14. Use the following phrase: throwing fuel on a dying fire
  15. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Sunday, towards, street, grunts, dress.
    2. Write about turning something in late.
    3. Use the phrase “Do what you need to do.”
  16. Use the following phrase: a gaggle of geese
  17. Life in a close-knit secret organization
  18. Write about a public shaming.
  19. Moving on to the next task.
  20. Your antagonist is a travel agent.
  21. Do it all at once? Or break it into pieces?
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    1. Use the following five words: daughter, rice, ordinary, implicit, compete.
    2. Write about a tool you don’t know how to use.
    3. Use the phrase “And now it’s broken.
  23. Upgrading only to find favorites broken.
  24. Use the following phrase: fired for inappropriate behavior
  25. Conversation while washing dishes together.
  26. Use these 5 words: dock, ratty, coast, obtain, military.
  27. Entering the wrong year on a form
  28. Use the following phrase: behind closed doors
  29. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: element, gate, expose, cheap, woman.
    2. Write about a security concern.
    3. Use the phrase “What I really want is a nap.”
  30. Include a character named Kedar Abbas.

March 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a sudden change in the weather.
  2. Use the following phrase: this is something special
  3. “There’s absolutely no question.”
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    1. Use the following five words: despair, lodge, cutting, long, fiction.
    2. Write about someone not finding what they’re looking for.
    3. Use the phrase “Could use a facelift.”
  5. Write about a lap cat “helping”
  6. Your protagonist is named Virgil Beck.
  7. Write about family interfering with work.
  8. Use these 5 words: befitting, last, program, haircut, birthday.
  9. “If you think about it inside out…”
  10. Write about being good enough.
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    1. Use the following five words: side, rung, smart, margin, liability.
    2. Write about dreading a move.
    3. Fill in the blank: “If you should happen to ______.”
  12. Use these 5 words: shipwreck, biofuel, ripple, dahlia, fern.
  13. Write about a life-changing decision
  14. Start with this line of dialogue: “_____ has died.”
  15. Write about something coming due on the Ides of March
  16. Use these 5 words: short, spinster, nauseate, fail, prelude.
  17. Write about the first attempt to sail a new boat.
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: clique, rational, leak, nightmare, tactic.
    2. Write about a knock at the door, with “Five minutes” spoken aloud.
    3. Fill in the blank: “Do you really want to ______?”
  19. “How do you propose to do that?”
  20. Start with this line of dialogue: “Ok, we’re in the home stretch!”
  21. Write about waiting for spring
  22. Your antagonist is named Nova Epstein.
  23. Write about an abandoned building.
  24. Use these 5 words: bear, joyous, cemetery, awesome, melted.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: dribble, evening, bring, lemon, drift.
    2. Write about unwanted automation.
    3. Use the phrase “Use the phrase.”
  26. Write about being mortified.
  27. Breakfast on the morning after.
  28. Write about mixed feelings.
  29. Write about going home early, only to find…
  30. Use these 5 words: vulgarity, doily, spirit, withdraw, inherit.
  31. Losing your sense of the passage of time

February 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a loss of confidence
  2. Start with this line of dialogue: “My new obsession is…”
  3. Use the phrase, “It’s different for me.”
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    1. Use the following five words: goggles, blubber, citizen, category, crackpot.
    2. Write about a strange hairstyle.
    3. Use the phrase “You are amazing.”
  5. Write about mindless activities before breakfast.
  6. Write about a false belief.
  7. Write about unintended consequences.
  8. Write about finding envelopes filled with money.
  9. Use the phrase “What year is it again?”
  10. Use these 5 words: drawing board, wraparound, piquant, cornmeal, swathe.
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    1. Use the following five words: misshapen, highway, committee, beak, grainy.
    2. Write about being in someone’s way.
    3. Use the phrase “Don’t try this at home, kids.”
  12. Write about family.
  13. Write about a great party.
  14. Use these 5 words: penalize, vacate, witch, insidious, lookup.
  15. Write about the morning after the party
  16. Write about a path to redemption.
  17. Write about finishing a dreaded task.
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: designer, instill, empirical, angel, incident.
    2. Write about a slip in the schedule.
    3. Use the phrase “Forty-five, at last count.”
  19. Write about a street pothole.
  20. Start with this line of dialogue: “It looks like you covered this up.”
  21. “How are we going to pay for that?”
  22. Write about a routine.
  23. Invent a legend for a past hero
  24. Use these 5 words: soprano, trash talk, polymath, femme fatale, server.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: missile, cotton, catalogue. craft, nest.
    2. Write about waiting for a reply.
    3. Use the phrase “How would you like to pay?”
  26. Your protagonist is named Hyun-Shik Chai.
  27. Use the phrase “Papers, please.”
  28. Use these 5 words: synopsis, boldfaced, variation, pedestal, upstart.

January 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write out a set of writing goals for 2018
  2. Use the following phrase: secret door-locking button
  3. Write about a confusing user interface
  4. Start with this line of dialogue: “_____ has been fired.”
  5. Write about going through the checkbook, writing “2018” in the date blanks.
  6. Your protagonist is a historian.
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  8. Use these 5 words: synonymous, force, acidic, heat, joke.
  9. Use the phrase, “It’s twice as hot as it was!”
  10. Use these 5 words: furry, awake, lumber, vagabond, nappy.
  11. Write about unfamiliar aches and pains.
  12. Write about asking for a pardon.
  13. “Friday the 13th is a Saturday.”
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    1. Use the following five words: cast, twelve, bauble, bomber, absurdly.
    2. Write about working on a holiday.
    3. Write about mirthless laughter.
  15. Write about an extra day in solitude.
  16. Write about what you’re grateful for.
  17. “If I talk about that, everyone will think…”
  18. Use these 5 words: Ursa Major, arbitrary, snag, knock out, wizardry.
  19. Use the phrase, “Hurry, it’s cold outside.”
  20. Include a character named Bao-Yu Liu.
  21. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: enter, cosmetic, gigantic, collectible, condo.
    2. Write about fixing things around the house.
    3. Use the phrase “OK, we went to the pub.”
  22. Start with this line of dialogue: “Millions could die.”
  23. Write about losing your glasses.
  24. Use the following phrase: found not guilty of murder
  25. Use the phrase, “Only 31 shopping days since Christmas!”
  26. Use the following phrase: a North Pole postmark
  27. Write about watching someone settle down for sleep.
  28. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beat, suntan, verdict, swell, fish.
    2. Write about something misfiled or miscategorized.
    3. Use the phrase “So say we all.”
  29. “Was there a deadline I missed?”
  30. Write about robots.
  31. Use the phrase, “We have another lamp.”