April 2017
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Fill in: “April snowshowers bring May _____”
  2. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: pool, unrequited, silent, casting, spring.
    2. Write about a mnemonic device that doesn’t work.
    3. Use the phrase, “Reminiscent of Belgians.”
  3. An unusual snack.
  4. Use these 5 words: mysterious, mature, north, melted, plant.
  5. An unfortunate auto-correction.
  6. Use this line of dialogue: “This tastes like fresh dirt.”
  7. Bureaucratic runaround
  8. Scenario: an odd, welcome intruder in your MC’s brain.
  9. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: downstairs, sign, lashed, sale, orange.
    2. Write about recovering from an illness or injury.
    3. Use the phrase, “perfect record.”
  10. Use these 5 words: nest, remarkable, smash, skinny, carve.
  11. “What are you adding to the process?”
  12. Use this line of dialogue: “Can I just tell you guys all my secrets?”
  13. A book that hasn’t been opened in 100 years.
  14. Include a character whose veneer briefly cracks to reveal loneliness & fear.
  15. Person always makes the same arithmetic mistake.
  16. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Sunday, mouse, plum, watch, stamp.
    2. Write about a flash of mercy.
    3. Use the phrase, “Already with four …”
  17. Misheard song lyrics
  18. Use these 5 words: hurt, grass, capricious, supply, painstaking.
  19. A very subtle hint.
  20. Use this line of dialogue: “That’s not how any of this works.”
  21. “That happened in March last year.”
  22. Scenario: most of the time, everything is perfectly normal. But sometimes…
  23. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: agony, moves, persons, forever, juicy.
    2. Write about landscaping or yard work.
    3. Use the phrase, “how quaint.”
  24. Use these 5 words: jump, nostalgic, safe, purring, appreciate.
  25. Strange circumstances seem normal to one character.
  26. Use this line of dialogue: “Just throw everything away.”
  27. A dog’s “You gonna eat that?” look.
  28. Avoid a happy ending.
  29. What should the “no clue” button do?
  30. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: feet, famine, sooner, poems, neglected.
    2. Write about the third time not being charming at all.
    3. Use the phrase, “That’s a place I never want to go.”

March 2017
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandWrite about a stand-up desk.
  2. Use these 5 words: unadvised, cross, tick, equable, groovy.
  3. Write about talking past each other.
  4. Use this line of dialogue: “People in _____ don’t know anything.”
  5. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: appear, author, really, smooth, workings.
    2. Write about watching someone in the morning sun.
    3. Use the phrase, “That’s not what they told me should happen next.”
  6. Include a character with no friends and no money.
  7. Choosing to ignore sound advice.
  8. Use these 5 words: lovely, cooing, tart, queue, absurd.
  9. “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adulthood.”
  10. Use this line of dialogue: “Grown-ups ruin everything.”
  11. Trying not to whine, and failing.
  12. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: pledge, fatalistic, screams, chair, poem.
    2. Write about being awakened at midnight.
    3. Use the phrase, “It’s been a day.”
  13. Negotiating a working schedule
  14. Scenario: the moon explodes and the dead return to life.
  15. Beware the Ides of March!
  16. Use these 5 words: zealous, bow, slimy, unequaled, please.
  17. Something embarrassing from your MC’s past is discovered.
  18. Use this line of dialogue: “I have to ask: what is the point?”
  19. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: observe, invent, broken, done, eating.
    2. Write about deciding what to leave behind.
    3. Use the phrase, “That’ll be inconvenient.”
  20. Include a character who is only going through the motions of being alive.
  21. Make up something that only happens on the equinox.
  22. Use these 5 words: jumbled, truculent, dust, trace, loaf.
  23. “Sorry; I had to take a work break.”
  24. Use this line of dialogue: “Will you please go and study?”
  25. Where a message goes when you press “send”
  26. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: telephone, which, sailors, thought, burst.
    2. Write about running out of coffee.
    3. Use the phrase, “I never know what I want.”
  27. “There’s an hour of my life I’ll never get back.”
  28. Start with: Here are a few things to argue about…
  29. What happens after you walk away.
  30. Use this line of dialogue: “She doesn’t know when to stop giving.”
  31. Why do April fools get their own special day?

February 2017
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Start with “February is that 6-week period…”
  2. Use these 5 words: increase, compare, uppity, frantic, stingy.
  3. “I would, but the weather’s terrible.”
  4. Use this line of dialogue: “Oh, wow. I’m a grown-up.”
  5. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: corner, pledge, pestilence, strand, light.
    2. Write about an autocorrect error, or other misreading.
    3. Use the phrase “I didn’t know they were open on Sundays.”
  6. Scenario: everyone leaves in disgust, alone.
  7. “Do it now; we’ll be very busy later.”
  8. Use these 5 words: unhealthy, towering, present, coil, zinc.
  9. A conversation of just one word, repeated.
  10. Use this line of dialogue: “But, like, get over yourself.”
  11. “My new electric fork is on the internet!”
  12. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: these, destination, pianos, hand, means.
    2. Write about getting to know someone very different.
    3. Fill in the blank: “The land is silent, waiting for ____.”
  13. Software suddenly stops working
  14. Include a character who wears clip-in bike shoes.
  15. Writing a letter of reference for your character.
  16. Use these 5 words: bat, shelter, huge, roll, precede.
  17. “You’ll find that on the next page.”
  18. Use this line of dialogue: “Don’t you @%^&$#! say a word.”
  19. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beyond, spring, stone, synthesis, harbor.
    2. Write about hearing yesterday’s news for the first time.
    3. Use the word “onionsauce” to refer to a non-food item.
  20. Scenario: a reasonably good but slightly dull relationship.
  21. Waiting for a traveler to arrive.
  22. Use these 5 words: mate, annoyed, travel, tough, polish.
  23. An unexpected hole in something
  24. Use this line of dialogue: “Something terrible is going to happen.”
  25. Now where did I put that scrap of paper?
  26. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: ready, glazed, street, moaning, traffic.
    2. Write about getting ready to leave.
    3. Use the phrase, “I do not want to have that conversation.”
  27. “Are we there yet, Dad?”
  28. Start with: I’m not the kind of person who thinks…

January 2017
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: pestilence, glazed, hands, regard, walls.
    2. Write about something that’s an unexpected color.
    3. Use the phrase, “Tell me some lies.”
  2. Use these 5 words: alcoholic, milky, pretend, repulsive, connect.
  3. Waiting for breakfast
  4. Use this line of dialogue: “Aren’t you just a little bit scared?”
  5. It will get worse before it gets better.
  6. Include a character who is holier-than-thou.
  7. Banter in a short-order kitchen
  8. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: prisoners, comes, light, lunar, life.
    2. Write about busily ignoring something other people are fretting about.
    3. Fill in the blank: “The _______ are advancing.”
  9. Finding a category to fit.
  10. Use these 5 words: versed, numerous, pets, melodic, harbor.
  11. Trying to focus while groggy
  12. Use this line of dialogue: “Maybe you’re not as smart as you think you are.”
  13. Is it supposed to sound like that?
  14. Scenario: a situation that’s both perfectly ordinary & utterly catastrophic.
  15. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: eaten, border, began, stairs, probe.
    2. Write about sunlight revealing something previously unnoticed.
    3. Fill in the blank: “It is the end of a/an _______.”
  16. Use these 5 words: impress, weary, melt, possible, trade.
  17. Asking for help
  18. Use this line of dialogue: “Why are you forcing me to be mean today?”
  19. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
  20. Include a misfit who’s trying to figure out what to be when she grows up.
  21. Missing something because of a distraction
  22. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: smooth, cannot, convulsive, yard, talk.
    2. Write about finding mistakes slightly too late.
    3. Fill in the blank: “I think they just want to have _______.”
  23. “Are you helping, or just watching?”
  24. Use these 5 words: moaning, pull, border, scarf, stone.
  25. “We play fair: we take turns cheating.”
  26. Use this line of dialogue: “I’m a complete failure as a person.”
  27. Meeting a crush years later
  28. Start with: As a child, I was terrified…
  29. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: poor, cotton, shall, bone, fading.
    2. Write about ignoring instructions.
    3. Misuse the word “alternative.”
  30. Use this line of dialogue: “Where’s my pizza?”
  31. That sinking feeling in your stomach

December 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. And so it begins…
  2. Use these 5 words: emptiness, train, artfully, exposure, stone.
  3. Streetlights on in the daytime
  4. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  5. Note-to-self doesn’t match memory
  6. Start with: “Who is _____ going to kill?”
  7. People on the other side are happy about this.
  8. Include a Supreme Court case in your story.
  9. Holding a contradiction
  10. Use these 5 words: cheats, jealous, riches, stalking, pied-a-terre.
  11. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  12. Start with: “It’s good to see you here.”
  13. “Am I going to regret this?”
  14. Include a meteor shower in your story.
  15. “I used to be able to do this without thinking.”
  16. Use these 5 words: workout, yurt, cliche, veneer, slower.
  17. Rituals for someone else’s holiday
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  19. “I am not your metaphor.”
  20. Start with: “Our diversity is our strength.”
  21. Things to do on the longest night of the year
  22. Write about a chimpanzee smoking a cigarette.
  23. A creatively named pub or bar
  24. Use these 5 words: jellyfish, never, inventive, curated, illustration.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  26. Start with: “I’m not expecting to ever be recognized.”
  27. “Two days retired, and you’re bored.”
  28. Write about a boot camp.
  29. “I can’t read the label on the bottle.”
  30. Write a story inspired by the first photo you see after reading this prompt.
  31. Merriment makes a character sadder

November 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a departed friend or relation
  2. Use these 5 words: fingernail, seamlessly, mistakes, tapestry, twists.
  3. “I still have to live with you tomorrow.”
  4. Start with: “Who says it doesn’t snow in _____?”
  5. Being banned from the bathroom
  6. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: round, against, chair, treacherous, juicy.
    2. Use the phrase, “That’s past my bedtime.”
    3. Write about doubting one’s own sanity.
  7. A complete makeover
  8. Write about an annual festival.
  9. Living with someone who works the opposite shift
  10. Use these 5 words: gift, lessons, sensitive, understanding, magic.
  11. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
  12. Start with: “I do not believe in _____!”
  13. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: remorseful, toadstools, song, librarian, screams.
    2. Use the phrase, “that’s so tight.”
    3. Write about postage stamps.
  14. Include an Olympic hopeful in your story.
  15. “I really won’t have time for this next week.”
  16. Use these 5 words: radar, signs, alarming, chart, handwriting.
  17. Keep going by force of habit
  18. Start with: “I used to love telling the story of how we met.”
  19. A reflex you didn’t know you had.
  20. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: waterski, against, incantations, funeral, beyond.
    2. Use the phrase, “Look at the hustle.”
    3. Write about a reflex you didn’t know you had.
  21. No sense of the passage of time
  22. Include an impersonator in your story.
  23. Missing an important part of the instructions
  24. Use these 5 words: teacup, log cabin, soup, magnet, hanging.
  25. Write about temporary illiteracy
  26. Start with: “You should definitely try it.”
  27. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: overhead, relations, beach, dress, towards.
    2. Fill in the blank, “I wonder what _____ is doing, right now.”
    3. Write about an inconvenient sunbeam or shadow.
  28. Write about a daring look.
  29. The weirdest Tuesday on record
  30. Make a list of 10 favorite books based on a theme.

October 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a hidden regret.
  2. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: jealousy, means, harbor, misused, crossing.
    2. Write about the end of an era.
    3. Misquote an advertising slogan.
  3. Hurry up and wait
  4. Use these 5 words: urban, royal, waffles, pumpkin spice, humblebrag.
  5. Write about an accidental Spoonerism
  6. “This song is so perfect.”
  7. Write about an extended deadline.
  8. A list of things that will never make sense.
  9. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: stone, wheel, ocean, mine, excerpt.
    2. Write about a donation.
    3. Use the phrase, “… the balance allows…”
  10. Use these 5 words: lineup, people, story, charismatic, struggling.
  11. Write about a deadline that was shortened.
  12. Start with: “Never thought I’d see the day that…”
  13. Write about a craving for an odd food item
  14. A girl detective.
  15. Write about someone who’s nocturnal.
  16. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: hand, done, twelve, light, memory.
    2. Write about insurance.
    3. Use the phrase, “ten straight.”
  17. Filing a report before the work is done
  18. Use these 5 words: calligrapher, work, drawings, elective, mentorship.
  19. Last glimpse of summer.
  20. “Close your mouth when you eat.”
  21. “I can’t believe it’s Friday already.”
  22. A police incident.
  23. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  24. Use these 5 words: corpse, defomity, brain chip, haunting, wounded.
  25. “I’ve never heard ______ used as a swear word.”
  26. “How much sleep did you get last night?”
  27. Write about giving up something permanently.
  28. Imagine your worst fears.
  29. “Can we make this bigger?”
  30. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  31. A character hates holidays.

September 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandThe cupboard is bare.
  2. Sign on door: “Closed for _____.”
  3. This place is not very old.
  4. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: blond, walks, telephone, spaces, mourners.
    2. Use the phrase, “cough and splutter.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “With ________ comes complexity.”
  5. The list just keeps getting longer.
  6. One of your characters is awarded an honorary degree.
  7. Each day must be better than the last.
  8. Use these 5 words: curiosity, fossils, collaboration, passport, sketchy.
  9. Looking back at a school paper from the beginning of the year.
  10. A hurricane-related storm.
  11. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: color, seducer, windy, tyranny, librarian.
    2. Use the phrase, “What about you?”
    3. Write about repeatedly asking, “Why?”
  12. A character who denies everything when confronted.
  13. “If there’s nothing there, I just _______”
  14. Use these 5 words: reclusive, flagship, brace, southside, impersonating.
  15. Everyone’s lease expires the same day
  16. A new ad campaign.
  17. Ambiguous directions send party goers astray
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: shakes, woman, walks, surface, found.
    2. Use the phrase, “see and be seen.”
    3. Write about working down to the wire.
  19. “Tell me again why I used to like this?”
  20. “I’m going to save you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
  21. Write about an extinct pest.
  22. Use these 5 words: staycation, dominoes, tango, power outage, heat.
  23. Emigrating to have two summers in a row
  24. Challenging a myth.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: against, sailor, telephone, depends, hearts.
    2. Use the phrase, “That’s going to be difficult.”
    3. Write about drowsily making a mistake.
  26. A character who’s playing to the cameras.
  27. “Oops, I missed one.”
  28. Use these 5 words: violent, rodents, bowling, cafeteria, prank.
  29. A sudden glut of reading material
  30. “I used to be obsessed with _____. I have no regrets.”

August 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write out writing goals for the month
  2. Use these 5 words: stench, guts, savage, rabid, giant.
  3. Much-needed rain, still inconvenient.
  4. an unexpected apology.
  5. Lap-critter with a foot on the keyboard.
  6. Start with this line: “I must be an asshole.”
  7. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: screams, bone, burst, pestilence, hesitates.
    2. Use the phrase, “You’re probably tired of this by now.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “You might think it would _________, but no.”
  8. Use these 5 words: renews, prescription, depression, struggle, streets.
  9. Old holiday becomes anniversary of something new.
  10. a character with an annoying voice.
  11. “Is there more coffee?”
  12. Use this line: “We’re altering your own immune cells.”
  13. A game becomes suddenly serious.
  14. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: famine, pin, strength, gloves, young.
    2. Use the phrase, “It could have gone either way.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “the best _________ since sliced bread.”
  15. Someone else’s wedding
  16. Use these 5 words: parachute, glimpse, champagne, swallowtail, summer.
  17. Talking at your phone/computer.
  18. claiming someone else’s narrative.
  19. Tentative first day out after being sick
  20. Use this line: “I’m so uncomfortable.”
  21. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: author, neglected, poem, hearts, public. Bonus: the popcorn of despair.
    2. Use the phrase, “force of nature.”
    3. Was it too much? Or too little?
  22. Use these 5 words: solar panels, optimism, scorpions, messiah, revelations.
  23. The meeting room after everyone has gone.
  24. a costly battle.
  25. “It’s easy with the right tool.”
  26. Use this phrase: “bleak but beautiful.”
  27. Last days before school starts.
  28. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  29. “Who are you, really?”
  30. a trending hashtag that includes your MC’s name.
  31. Reprogramming the light timer creatively.

July 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. That nervous feeling in your stomach when…
  2. Use these 5 words: roasting, hungry, tough, spatters, heat.
  3. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: probe, gaunt, children, inside, ourselves.
    2. Write about being sick and the stuff you didn’t get to do.
    3. Use the phrase, “Major party foul.”
  4. Use this phrase: “the need to explain the obvious”
  5. New fireworks lighting up the smoke from old ones
  6. calling someone by a sibling’s name
  7. Working together to figure out what’s wrong
  8. Use these 5 words: reconciliation, journey, expat, insularity, activist.
  9. Many years later, on the same date…
  10. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: silent, song, fatalistic, sailors, doves.
    2. Write about turning off the news.
    3. Use the phrase, “I wanted to strangle him/her.”
  11. Substituting ingredients in a recipe
  12. Start with a character saying: “I actually did a double-take.”
  13. Obsolete technology saves the day
  14. a publicity stunt
  15. “What did we actually do, back then?”
  16. Use these 5 words: magicians, roller coaster, inhalers, key, prison.
  17. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, lunar, ranklings, snarl, misused.
    2. Write about a street musician playing something beautiful.
    3. Fill in the blank: “The ______ made in hell.”
  18. Use this line: “I’ve been observing the pattern…”
  19. Late additions to the schedule
  20. a deleted tweet
  21. Repeat until you can’t remember how.
  22. Use these 5 words: engulfs, crashed, emotional, cloud, overturned.
  23. Wrong word comes out when flustered
  24. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: crossing, windy, woman, waterski, twists.
    2. Use the phrase, “I broke for egg rolls.”
    3. Write about forgetting to do something important.
  25. “I really didn’t change anything. Except…”
  26. Start with a character saying: “That’s not fair!”
  27. “I’ve been expecting you,” said to a stranger.
  28. the field of shark research
  29. People watching with an unlikely companion
  30. blue is the new pink
  31. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: strength, believe, those, shore, attempted.
    2. Use the phrase, “I don’t think anybody else knows that either.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “I was just brushing my teeth, when _________.”