February 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: later, change, dropped, star, clean.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “This is the first ______ of the rest of your ______.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “there’s no problem that can’t be solved by _____”
  2. Write Groundhog Day fanfic
  3. “Is this confusing or am I just old?”
  4. A backup copy saves the day
  5. a video of a hostage
  6. Summoned to the boss’s office
  7. Use these 5 words: legendary, curry, safe, unhealthy, months.
  8. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: good, brush, muffled, poor, comes.
    2. Use the phrase, “how could they know?”
    3. Write about not observing a popular holiday.
  9. “I got you into this and it’s my job to get you out.”
  10. Amusing yourself without electric power
  11. a middle school crush
  12. Taking responsibility for someone else’s action
  13. Use these 5 words: country, cardboard, balloons, pooling, qualify.
  14. Write about someone who’s been single for many years.
  15. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. 1. Use the following five words: silence, lives, memory, sand, depends.
    2. 2. Fill in the blanks: “_____ today, ____ tomorrow.”
    3. 3. Use the phrase, “You’re too good to me.”
  16. livetweet an event
  17. “There’s nothing to hide.”
  18. Snow higher than a character’s head
  19. a character reveals a secret
  20. A vanity license plate
  21. Use these 5 words: killers, rejection, driving, route, detour.
  22. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: dismantle, roads, stone, twists, seducer.
    2. Write about taking a big job in stages.
    3. Use the generic weather comment: “It’s never like this.”
  23. “Why do I drink?”
  24. Why is Feb 25 weeks long?
  25. a character who is offended by skateboarding
  26. Write a whimsical warning label
  27. Use these 5 words: boom, rockstar, women, faking, cheering.
  28. Twisting the plain sense of the words.

January 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “I’m obsessed.”
  2. Promised storm does not appear
  3. Smiling so hard it hurts.
  4. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: avoid, review, grown, glass, revolution
    2. Use the phrase, “Nothing’s happened this week.”
    3. Someone tries to communicate without using words.
  5. Use these 5 words: taxes, amaze, surprise, placement, revisiting.
  6. An unexpected visit from foreigners
  7. “Have a safe commute tonight.”
  8. A misunderstanding over different definitions of a word
  9. A meteorologist who lives alone in a remote place.
  10. Use the phrase “I’m gone now.”
  11. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: understand, fading, desperate, earth, blond.
    2. That moment when courage fails.
    3. Use a Spoonerism. Example: ‘Queer old Dean’ for ‘Dear old Queen.’
  12. Things I should have done with my day off
  13. Use these 5 words: disappointed, marzipan, smoke, emails, retires.
  14. “That cloud looks like you.”
  15. “I feel sorry for all the…”
  16. Always winter and never Christmas (CSLewis)
  17. A celebrity wedding.
  18. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: trees, invader, article, locked, express
    2. Write about silence in the midst of noise.
    3. Write about lies, damned lies, or statistics.
  19. Use these 5 words: helicopter, lights, guide, manifesto, veteran.
  20. “Tell me it’s not so.”
  21. “You continue to amaze me.”
  22. What would you do with an irony mark if English had one?
  23. Saying goodnight.
  24. Rewrite that scene from another point of view
  25. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: hive, roads, remorseful, life, mother.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “______ and ______ don’t mix.”
    3. Use the phrase, “I just got burned.”
  26. “Don’t tell me you love me.”
  27. Use these 5 words: summit, old-timey, personality, cougar, president.
  28. Write without any 3rd person singular pronouns
  29. “Needs more emojis.”
  30. Write about buying coal.
  31. A character gets away with a crime.

December 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use these 5 words: brutal, sprints, truth, love letter, winning.
  2. “I wish I looked as good.”
  3. “You caught me.”
  4. Hurry up and wait
  5. Give your story a strong female protagonist.
  6. Make up a celebration, with traditions not quite met.
  7. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, stamp, clock, moves, neglected.
    2. Write about not noticing that something has changed.
    3. Answer “no” to an either/or question.
  8. “It’s a little like an airplane.”
  9. “Sometimes I just need a break from…”
  10. Change is hard; folding money is soft.
  11. Use these 5 words: nascent, workout, pocket, impress, kayak.
  12. “Something’s coming…”
  13. A lack of empathy.
  14. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, stamp, clock, moves, neglected.
    2. Write about talking to yourself, aloud.
    3. Fill in the blank: “_______, you know; everyone does.”
  15. Write about being overwhelmed.
  16. Character apologizes for missing something important.
  17. Write about what happens when no one asks difficult questions.
  18. Big stompy boots.
  19. Use these 5 words: geeky, activists, fear, official, volunteers.
  20. The sound of distinctive footfalls
  21. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: stranger, implies, lines, accept, distance.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m watching that.”
    3. Write about an illness or injury.
  22. Use the word ‘bifurcation.’
  23. Use these 5 words: gratitude, birthday, thoughtful, acrobatics, halfway.
  24. A busy travel day
  25. Shine bright like a…
  26. Write about dangerously hot weather.
  27. Snowfall warning.
  28. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: memory, midnight, geranium, rest, drum.
    2. Write about staring into a candle flame.
    3. Fill in the blank: “I think we’ve been taken over by _______.”
  29. A character with no remorse whatsoever.
  30. Preparing for a dreaded party
  31. “I only care about dessert.”

November 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. The aftermath of an inappropriate Halloween costume.
  2. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: reasons, escape, detached, quality, tick
    2. Use the phrase, “New habits are fragile.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “I don’t know how to _______ anymore.”
  3. A broken elevator.
  4. Hoping nothing will go wrong
  5. Your MC is quarantined.
  6. St. Nicholas’ Day
  7. Use these 5 words: royals, salute, terrorist, collision, ruling.
  8. Violate a grammatical rule for good cause.
  9. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: slights, white, shame, silence, saying.
    2. Write about doing something in a very awkward position.
    3. Write about sitting calmly, visualizing coming action.
  10. The land is silent, waiting for the storm.
  11. A secret relationship.
  12. Write about a prosthesis or medical device.
  13. Write about your MC’s favorite drink.
  14. “Who ordered that?”
  15. One of your characters auditions for a reality competition show.
  16. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: benefits, worst, blue, middle, single.
    2. “Just because it’s impossible doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.”
    3. Use the phrase, “for _______-related reasons.”
  17. Use these 5 words: improv, undersea, album, clinching, snowfall.
  18. “Why not the best?”
  19. A gourmet chef who secretly prefers junk food.
  20. Checking numbers
  21. Heavy rain at night.
  22. Answer ‘no’ to an either/or question.
  23. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: name, result, demanded, hollow, season.
    2. Fill in the blank: “it would have been very different if _____”
    3. Write about running out of time.
  24. Working at midnight
  25. Use these 5 words: peace, games, reports, policy, tour.
  26. Should hurry home, but…
  27. A mystery date.
  28. “I can listen for eight minutes.”
  29. A meme based on a photo of your MC.
  30. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.

October 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. A character who is so cynical s/he thinks everyone else is insincere.
  2. “You’re all soggy.”
  3. Start with a line from a song.
  4. Your character responds to harsh criticism.
  5. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: rocks, missing, reason, little, constructed.
    2. Aethucyn: Write about branches scratching against the window.
    3. Bob: Have a character say, “That’s why I did it.”
    4. Sue: Use the Phrase “Those are the Cliff Notes”
    5. broker: Using a nearly obsolete device.
    6. Kellska: Fill in the blanks: “There’s no such thing as ______, only ______.”
    7. Shiro: “This situation clearly calls for a ferret”.
    8. catwithpen: Covert communications.
    9. bo: Kill your protagonist; if your protagonist is already (un)dead, obliterate them.
  6. Setting the clock forward instead of back.
  7. Use these 5 words: organic, underestimated, premiering, dynamic, shortage.
  8. A gender-ambiguous name.
  9. Use this line: “You’re not helping!”
  10. “Ten. Ten. Ten. Ten.”
  11. Start with a car alarm going off.
  12. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: which, librarian, doves, understand, white.
    2. Some (dis)assembly required.
    3. “I thought you might like to have these.”
  13. Use these 5 words: roaming, treacherously, tear, forecast, meddling.
  14. Chickening out saves the day.
  15. A character who’s deeply invested in a certain fandom.
  16. “How can I do that?”
  17. Start with characters decoding a message.
  18. “Are you my mother?”
  19. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: universe, middle, nails, fault, trace.
    2. “Tell me again: what were you doing?”
    3. Use the phrase, “it’s a thing now.”
  20. Finishing late at night.
  21. Use these 5 words: force, historical, prolonging, seasonal, killer.
  22. Answer yes to an either/or question.
  23. Start with a character making a life-changing decision.
  24. “What makes you ask that question?”
  25. Use this line: “You have no chill.”
  26. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: mother, dissolve, all, shakes, martyrs.
    2. Write about a miniature version of something familiar.
    3. “Why should you be special?”
  27. Use these 5 words: airport, volcano, protests, astronomer, manuscript.
  28. No time to procrastinate; just do it.
  29. Two wildly different interpretations of the same set of facts.
  30. Dreading a holiday.
  31. A subtweet war between two characters.

September 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “Tell me how you really feel.”
  2. Six words your MC wasn’t expecting.
  3. Character is talking to him/herself
  4. “It’s not game. It’s a personal vendetta.”
  5. Give a nonsense answer to a simple question
  6. Write about something you can’t bring yourself to stop doing.
  7. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following words: reason, light, figures, second, distant.
    2. Use the phrase, “After further review”
    3. Write about getting something right through repetition.
  8. Your beloved hero and hated villain are madly in love.
  9. A meeting with your muse
  10. “Fantastic shot.”
  11. A painful anniversary
  12. Write about something or someone you miss.
  13. “You’re not wearing that.”
  14. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  15. A friend doesn’t do what’s expected.
  16. Your MC must choose whether to put strategy or conscience first.
  17. Write about a morning without coffee.
  18. “OMG, I hate him.”
  19. Write about selling something expensive.
  20. Write about something you can’t wait to happen.
  21. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: torture, grin, barking, chickens, twisted.
    2. Write about a stone in a snowball.
    3. Fill in the blank: “How many times do I have to ______?”
  22. Your MC gets punched in the face.
  23. Bad news at the doctor’s office.
  24. “Please, I’m begging you…”
  25. “That wasn’t so hard, was it?”
  26. Write about your latest obsession / guilty pleasure.
  27. A cultural misunderstanding
  28. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: muffled, language, blond, remorseful, basement.
    2. Fill in the blank: “Why is the ______ gone?”
    3. Use the phrase, “Let me go.”
  29. And now, for something completely different.
  30. Use these words: smoking, zombie, burned, sacrifice, farmed.

August 2014
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Remote won’t work and there’s a cat in my lap.
  2. Have a character act unpredictably.
  3. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beach, light, dress, nothing, beating.
    2. Use the phrase, “I have too many already.”
    3. Write about breaking a habit.
  4. A maniacal laugh.
  5. Unexpected side-effect of an injury
  6. No one gets your MC’s sarcasm.
  7. “I actually did think about that.”
  8. Deliberately breaking the rules.
  9. A travel SNAFU leads to a chance encounter
  10. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: eaten, looking, seducer, broken, message.
    2. Use the phrase, “Please go away for a while.”
    3. Write about something imperfectly cromulent.
  11. Cleaning up a mess
  12. A character is wrong, but very, very certain they’re right.
  13. “Remind me of your name again?”
  14. Use an old family photo as a prompt. #tbt #throwbackthursday
  15. Ides of Aug: Write about an unusual calendar
  16. A character’s cooking gives others food poisoning.
  17. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  18. Jealousy leads to chaos.
  19. Making up nicknames for other people
  20. Everyone in your story thinks your protagonist is actually the villain.
  21. A child greeting an adult.
  22. “Have you no compassion?!”
  23. Your ideal writers’ getaway
  24. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: skeleton, mother, curve, press, thought.
    2. Write about a changing of the guard.
    3. “We’re not going to make it, are we?”
  25. Coming home to an unpleasant surprise.
  26. A character is proud of being frugal.
  27. “What’s that in teaspoons?”
  28. “_____ is such a troll.”
  29. In my day we didn’t start school until…
  30. Can your MC trust their best friend?
  31. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: broken, seducer, shakes, famine, wrong.
    2. “How much does the free stuff cost?”
    3. Write about a day when everything just works.

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!
  6. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  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.
  15. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  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
  11. Missed chat? Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  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.