July 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A midweek holiday.
  2. Clumsy foreshadowing (see link)
  3. One character gives another the silent treatment.
  4. “You can’t do that with one of those.”
  5. Visit an indie bookstore. Buy a book!
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  7. A punishable offense.
  8. Write dialog between a character and a machine.
  9. Write with abandon. Be willing to sound foolish.
  10. “Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.”
  11. Visit your local public library. Claim a seat and write for one hour.
  12. Write about winter (summer) on a hot (cold) day
  13. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: work, allowed, divided, lock, island.
    2. Write about small crawly critters.
    3. Write about trying to do something without using your hands.
  14. Dumping a chore on another team/family member.
  15. A very expensive forgery.
  16. “What year is it, again?”
  17. Your antagonist sells something important belonging to your protagonist.
  18. Write about a sad anniversary.
  19. Take a photo walk. Use the photos you take to create a storyboard.
  20. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: morning, where, sand, polished, message.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “________ is like the anti-________.”
    3. Write about overabundance.
  21. Write and illustrate a short story or poem.
  22. Write from a POV very different from your own.
  23. Your MC is annoyed by a friend who’s always whining on social media.
  24. What’s to say on a Thursday?
  25. Plan (and execute!) your own writer’s retreat.
  26. The postman stops delivering mail.
  27. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: plum, surface, upon, windy, press.
    2. Write about eyes in the dark.
    3. Include a tidbit of local history.
  28. “It’s always 3AM next Thursday there.”
  29. A list of items placed in a time capsule.
  30. “Fill in all the blanks, with something.”
  31. A cookie dough mishap.

June 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: sense, panic, control, double, step
    2. Write about using the wrong tool for the job.
    3. Fill in the blank: “20 pounds of _____ in a 5-pound bag.”
  2. Rewrite a story with the other choice.
  3. Write about a bribe.
  4. Write about a nonsense question.
  5. (Don’t) poke the bear.
  6. Trying to do something when you’re sleepy.
  7. Square or hippie?
  8. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: like, every, believe, earth’s, saying.
    2. Write about something that happened 20 years ago.
    3. Write about something the wrong color for the surroundings.
  9. Your MC decides to cycle to work. On the way…
  10. “I remember when it happened to me.”
  11. Beware the _____ myth.
  12. “Can you have that in an hour?”
  13. “Don’t click that. It’s linkbait.”
  14. Sitting in your seat, waiting for the trip to start.
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  16. Write about a Big Round Number birthday
  17. Join (or start) a book club.
  18. Coin a new word and use it in a story.
  19. Make a bucket list for your MC.
  20. Alarms and bells going off
  21. “There’s something you should know about me. I’m a sociopath.”
  22. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Sunday, probe, earth’s, dress, harbor.
    2. Write about a tricky or expensive repair.
    3. Write a character’s note-to-self.
  23. Write a poem containing two truths and a lie.
  24. “I thought it would be exciting.”
  25. Snow in June.
  26. Violating standards for no good reason
  27. “Everything is happening all at once…”
  28. “You had ONE JOB..”
  29. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: gathering, musical, connected, dozens, obvious.
    2. Use the phrase, “I can’t promise anything until the last moment.”
    3. Include a movie tagline or catchphrase.
  30. Half the time; less than half the job done.

May 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Read something amazing? Tell the writer how much you liked it.
  2. An unconventional garment
  3. Write about the discovery of a new species of animal.
  4. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: sudden, calculating, discovery, date, acrobatics.
    2. Your characters consult a map.
    3. Something is stolen or goes missing.
  5. Describe an object without using visual description.
  6. Write about road rage
  7. Write an old-school letter, on paper. Mail it!
  8. Cat swishing tail while looking at birds
  9. Create your own quiz: write the questions + answer choices.
  10. Write about skipping an important step
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  12. Figuring out how old something is.
  13. Write about staying up all night to meet a deadline.
  14. “How could you possibly know all that?”
  15. Take a photo of the shelf where your books would be in a bookstore/library.
  16. A character tries to hide how sad he/she is.
  17. Write a story orally (record yourself), then transcribe + edit it.
  18. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: began, observe, poems, traffic, moaning.
    2. bob: Have a character say, “It is thanks to [fill in the blank] that I am more or less sane.”
    3. ana: Use the phrase “I don’t know what I want.”
    4. Sue: Write about a smear of butter.
    5. bo: Title: “If I were you, I’d love me.”
    6. Kellska: Write about going back to a place you’ve been before.
  19. Rewrite a favorite story changing the gender of all the characters.
  20. Answer a rhetorical question.
  21. Sit somewhere you can people-watch + make notes on potential characters.
  22. “We need you now.”
  23. I discovered my dad’s secret _______.
  24. Describe a lazy day at home.
  25. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: young, midnight, knees, polished, treacherous.
    2. Describe the feeling of hands in the soil.
    3. Use the phrase, “Once a season, whether we need it or not.”
  26. What do May flowers bring?
  27. Start a list of weird ways to kill off your characters.
  28. Your character thinks up a new password.
  29. An unexpected package arrives. What’s in it?
  30. “How long since we changed the oil?”
  31. Use these 5 words: convicted, tornadoes, binge, scandal, code.

April 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about falling for an April Fools’ Day joke.
  2. Name a character with a gender-neutral word.
  3. Start with: “It’s been flagged.”
  4. Write about completely missing the point.
  5. Use these words: pianist, competition, speech, inspire, introverted.
  6. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: whisper, geranium, street, hands, wheelbarrow.
    2. Write about one of the four cardinal directions.
    3. Write about the smell of fresh bread.
  7. Write about unironically loving something that’s uncool.
  8. Write about a pet in a character’s lap, interfering.
  9. Start with: “Let me take a selfie.”
  10. What? It’s not due til next week!
  11. A character swears their honesty on the life of a non-existent relative.
  12. “It’s different for ________.”
  13. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: record, inadvertently, engineered, shots, implying
    2. Write about a continuing annoyance.
    3. Write about something that’s buried.
  14. Write about an avoidable tragedy.
  15. Death match: toasted vs. grilled cheese. Write about the pros+cons of each.
  16. It’s dark. Describe the sounds.
  17. Start with: “Psst. Can you keep a secret?”
  18. Write about a character who hates holidays.
  19. Use these words: pantser, blank page, erotic romance, mistaken, catlady.
  20. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: walls, woman, eating, scribbling, sweep.
    2. Someone makes a change and doesn’t tell anyone about it.
    3. Somebody thought it was a good idea.
  21. A character who believes in a pseudoscience.
  22. Write about an ill-advised lover.
  23. Start with: “Do aliens like cheese?”
  24. “This bottle tastes different.”
  25. Write about a place that used to be called by a different name.
  26. “Sorry I’m late. I hate being late.”
  27. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: credit, approaching, carry, nothing, slightest.
    2. Use the phrase, “What am I looking at?”
    3. The gun in the first prompt goes off in the third. (Or, no one noticed the gun the first time.)
  28. Something blooms at the wrong time of year.
  29. Use these words: coven, Stonehenge, election, dawdle, alphabetical.
  30. Write about unfamiliar mushrooms.

March 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. March comes in like a lion.
  2. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: decision, season, worst, unlike, another.
    2. Write about preparations for a storm that didn’t come.
    3. A character has a conversation with him/herself.
  3. You disconnected just before I said ____
  4. Use these words: detour, lists, memoirist, routine, suffer.
  5. There’s no time to procrastinate.
  6. Eavesdrop on people on transit; write down dialogue to use later.
  7. Change something important about a character & rewrite the scene.
  8. A dinner party where every guest has a special request.
  9. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: battered, through, sputter, silent, eaten.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I remember when you used to _____.”
    3. Write about trying to impress a mentor.
  10. Begin with: “We are excited to announce…”
  11. “It’s too late to change it. We’ll find out…”
  12. Use these animals: lizard, turtle, fish, cockroach, bird.
  13. “Where did the computer put that?”
  14. Write about a meteor shower.
  15. Write about lost medical paperwork.
  16. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: involved, subsequent, overall, world, point.
    2. Write about something growing from a seed.
    3. Write about something that’s too small or too large for its purpose.
  17. “Wow! The gadget is doing something!”
  18. Write about a memorable food from your childhood.
  19. Lonely in no-man’s land.
  20. Begin with: “We are building…”
  21. Invent a perfectly cromulent new word.
  22. Write about a spring snowstorm.
  23. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: gloves, eaten, built, stained, agony.
    2. Write about something that’s a clone, copy, or imitation.
    3. Fill in the blank: “We’re off to see the _____.”
  24. A recipe plays an important role in your story.
  25. Write about a guess that turns out to be wrong.
  26. Use these words: apprenticeship, journey, talismans, sanctuary, cage.
  27. “It’s not doing what you said it would.”
  28. Begin with: “I have my doubts about…”
  29. Use the disembodied voice of a GPS as a character.
  30. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: millions, apart, departures, promising, close.
    2. Compare two incomparable things.
    3. Something moves to the top of the list.
  31. March goes out like a lamb.

February 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use these words: water, rain, lake, river, sea.
  2. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: strand, dissolve, ocean, boxes, casting.
    2. Use the phrase, “that was one more _____ than I was expecting.”
    3. Write about one last chance.
  3. It’s awards season! And the winner is… your MC. What happens next?
  4. “It’s horrible, but it’ll be over soon.”
  5. Today I discovered…
  6. Use the first word from each of 5 random pages of the nearest book.
  7. OH: “I blew off a date tonight–said I was sick. Really I’m just…”
  8. Write about a nonsense question.
  9. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: introduction, strength, excerpt, misused, purple.
    2. Write about a choice between three options.
    3. Write about something left behind.
  10. “It’s okay if you want to avoid me.”
  11. Include a rare animal in your story.
  12. Write about plausible deniability.
  13. I’ve decided that…
  14. Write about not celebrating a popular holiday.
  15. Take a walk on the wild side.
  16. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: shift, tradition, disappointing, allowed, immense
    2. Your character asks a passerby a question.
    3. Write about catching up after falling behind.
  17. Use these words: destination, fuzzy, nothing, sleep, snowing.
  18. “I got here first.”
  19. Have you read the book about…
  20. Write about an unfinished project.
  21. OH: “Remember when _____ was the most unlikable character, and now…”
  22. February 22 on which calendar?
  23. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: mine, skeleton, ranklings, which, waving.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “____ loves _____.”
    3. Write about an unpleasant aftertaste.
  24. Use these words: disintegrate, intrigue, cues, mundane, guesses.
  25. Happy birthday to…
  26. “Who are you and what did you do with the real _____?”
  27. That awkward moment when your MC is caught singing+dancing to a fave song.
  28. Sadie Hawkins day will not be held this year.

January 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Waking up hungover with a chipper partner.
  2. You’ll find the interpreter in the lighthouse near the border.
  3. How many shopping days til Christmas?
  4. Green hills, black water, blue light.
  5. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: crepe, ocean, excerpt, o’clock, floors.
    2. Write about going through the motions when they’re not necessary.
    3. Use the phrase, “Counting us both, that is.”
  6. In his cell, the carver thinks of his family.
  7. Not a comfortable chair in the house.
  8. “Please stop talking about the death of the _____.”
  9. What year is it, again?
  10. The cellist spreads the map across the table.
  11. Write about a security check.
  12. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: ridiculous, rescue, articulate, companion, manage
    2. Use the phrase “It’s a little late for that.”
    3. Write about a swapping of stories.
  13. Your character has a milestone birthday.
  14. Use these words: coast, jungle, beach, garden, rock.
  15. An unexpected discovery sidetracks plans.
  16. Something (not a dog) is barking.
  17. Last day together before…
  18. In the architect’s path, an undiscovered bomb waits.
  19. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: bookish, stars, overhead, mouth, eating.
  20. Use these animals: monkey, alligator, dragon, hound, elephant.
  21. A difference in dialect confuses the conversation.
  22. The ringmaster’s diaries dwell too much on his ruined knees.
  23. Counting by sevens.
  24. “You know, the one with the _____ tattoo.”
  25. “Annie? Get your gun.”
  26. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: memorable, impossible, revived, reason, honestly.
    2. Write about using a gadget for some unintended purpose.
    3. Something doesn’t sound like it normally does.
  27. An antique kitchen gadget, no longer useful.
  28. I take lessons from the singer in the castle.
  29. Making decisions by committee
  30. Write about these characters: Dorian, Justine, Ptolemy, Annabel.
  31. An unorthodox living situation.

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.