May 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: grunts, share, looking, clings, alter.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m not surprised it didn’t work.”
    3. Write about opposites both being true.
  2. “Tell me again why that’s wrong?”
  3. Use these 5 words: vibes, lyrics, flash, shame, tribute.
  4. Learning from someone else’s misfortune
  5. Include this line: “This song makes me want to dance!”
  6. A long time between days off work
  7. a deafening silence.
  8. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: misused, comes, haunches, unrequited, memory.
    2. Use the phrase, “Don’t go without me.”
    3. Write about fixing something that wasn’t broken.
  9. Use these 5 words: meeting, petty, hard, nominate, psychopath.
  10. “I know where to look that up.”
  11. Start with: After her release from prison…
  12. Going home to more drama
  13. what actually happens during a commercial break.
  14. “I’m using that. Get your own.”
  15. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: excerpt, moaning, public, preserve, south.
    2. Use the phrase, “Are you sure about that?”
    3. Write about a bad day at work.
  16. There’s always one more of them to do.
  17. Use these 5 words: disgusted, king, intimidate, truths, earful.
  18. Becoming aware of someone else’s pain
  19. Include this line: “This is the job I’ve dreamed of.”
  20. Doing something domestic for a friend
  21. a lawsuit over too much ice in iced coffee.
  22. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: reaches, hand, agony, appear, these.
    2. Write about a sequence of numbers.
    3. Write about making something with one’s hands.
  23. Use these 5 words: monster, rigging, victim, anger, exposed.
  24. …and you need yet another password for that.
  25. Include this line: “I fangirled over _____.”
  26. Getting old is not for the faint of heart.
  27. shenanigans at a picnic.
  28. “Put the phone away and talk to me.”
  29. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: killed, unrequited, barking, boxes, light.
    2. Write about doing something you’d never do.
    3. Use the phrase, “There’s no guarantee.”
  30. Write something completely different today.
  31. Your dog hates hugs.

April 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandThe feelings of the April Fool.
  2. Write about someone who is young but old at heart.
  3. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: fog, pestilence, through, toadstools, built.
    2. Use the phrase “Nobody was injured, but…”
    3. Write about complicated instructions.
  4. Start with: “Tonight I’m auditioning for…”
  5. “Well, that’s a proper train wreck.”
  6. Use these 5 words: mission, waiting, events, echo, time.
  7. Trying to stay awake after lunch
  8. “Stop whining and eat your dinner. Children are starving.”
  9. Everything I knew turns out to be wrong.
  10. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: secret, their, yard, misused, pianos.
    2. Use the phrase “I’m holding it in my hand.”
    3. Write about a late-night snack.
  11. Dividing up stuff after a breakup
  12. Have a character pose topless.
  13. There’s always one more thing you need.
  14. Use these 5 words: anecdotes, suspends, delicious, absolutely, ready.
  15. Unexpected last moment extension
  16. “You’re under contract.”
  17. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  18. Give your MC some form of punishment.
  19. “I’d like to trade places with _____”
  20. Use these 5 words: text, hopes, impossible, audience, nautical.
  21. I could never get the hang of Thursdays
  22. “Another naked selfie?!”
  23. Maybe if it’s dark they won’t notice it.
  24. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: nothing, muttered, memory, factory, opened.
    2. Use the phrase “What are you going to say?”
    3. Write about a headache.
  25. Book ’em, Danno.
  26. Write about a massive disappointment.
  27. We’re oddly even.
  28. Use these 5 words: coloring, prejudices, profane, trending, blame.
  29. April showers bring May _______.
  30. Write about ‘a state of unlimited freedom’

March 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. beautifully executed
  2. When all is said and done, much more is said than done.
  3. the bad kind of mushrooms
  4. Write about glare.
  5. Use these 5 words: salvage, currencies, diversity, faith, killers.
  6. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: morning, deeds, hand, curled, bookish.
    2. Fighting to stay awake and pay attention.
    3. Write about something unexpected and brightly colored.
  7. a 90-foot-tall billboard
  8. Variations on a recipe
  9. 5% battery left
  10. Make up a smartphone app for your characters.
  11. Use these 5 words: design, copyright, monarch, economy, victories.
  12. Spreading misinformation about the daylight time change
  13. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: plum, border, women, which, world.
    2. Scooping up an armload of _______.
    3. Write about a gadget that doesn’t work.
  14. Rescheduling a stressful appointment
  15. Some good news!
  16. look around to see if they’re looking at someone else
  17. a bunch of middle school boys
  18. A place where there are no landmarks.
  19. Use these 5 words: sweetens, pollution, server, exchange, finger.
  20. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: dismantle, public, dead, plum, excerpt.
    2. Write about hearing from a long-lost friend.
    3. Write about understanding misunderstanding.
  21. a pair of tickets
  22. An awkward position
  23. “It’s taking too f—ing long.”
  24. Perhaps I should have reminded her.
  25. Use these 5 words: acclaimed, celebrate, gaffe, making, judgmental.
  26. Passive aggression with a smile.
  27. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  28. Obsessively playing a game.
  29. one last photo from space
  30. Going out like a [not-lamb].
  31. there is definitely something fishy going on!

February 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandChange one essential detail & rewrite
  2. “They lit a fire for us.”
  3. End of a busy project: now what?
  4. your MC driving behind a truck with a “Trump 2016” bumpersticker.
  5. “It’s just like counting by sevens…”
  6. Use these 5 words: heart, congestion, parasitic, bookish, hallucinations.
  7. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: stairs, seasons, wanted, understand, memory.
    2. Making up nicknames for other people.
    3. Write about someone your character shouldn’t admire, but does.
  8. “You assume so much about me.”
  9. If your MC could manipulate the calendar…
  10. a competitive frenzy.
  11. “Oh that. How far behind am I?”
  12. Use these 5 words: zombie, onesie, marching, neutral, destroyed.
  13. “I’m not late yet.”
  14. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: twisted, street, hid, dismantle, chair.
    2. After a very long wait, it’s finally here.
    3. Write about napping in the sun.
  15. “What do you mean, there’s no more coffee?”
  16. “Why do some people have all the luck?”
  17. “Should I worry that you just read my mind?”
  18. a message that makes your MC’s blood boil.
  19. Picking up after a flood.
  20. Use these 5 words: bakery, cocoa, sunset, inventive, screen.
  21. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: slights, windy, rest, dress, pestilence.
    2. Use the phrase, “Just last week…”
    3. Write about the fourth example of something, breaking the rule.
  22. “I haven’t woken up from the dream yet.”
  23. In the seventh week of February…
  24. deadly weather
  25. Adapting to a new disability.
  26. Use these 5 words: red carpet, performance, diversity, ensemble, couture.
  27. It’s the last weekend in Feb, and we ALL know what THAT means!
  28. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: shakes, stair, stone, alter, working.
    2. Fill in the blank: “Next year in ______[place name]”
    3. Write about that one time, at band camp.
  29. An event that happens each leap day.

January 2016
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandWrite about leaving something behind for the new year.
  2. Use these 5 words: opens, shelter, reached, sailing, holy.
  3. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: good, every, aeroplanes, women, broken.
    2. Use the phrase, “I used to know how to do this.”
    3. Write about negotiating about food.
  4. Write about an understudy.
  5. When’s the next day off work??
  6. “It takes a lot to shock me.”
  7. Make up a perfectly cromulent word and use it.
  8. Use these 5 words: secret, festive, landmark, global, midnight.
  9. “Don’t expect it to last.”
  10. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: earth’s, language, memory, battle, secret.
    2. Use the phrase, “There’s only one left.”
    3. Write about that song that’s stuck in your character’s head.
  11. Write about living in a tiny house.
  12. Your MC time travels.
  13. Write about an annoying roommate.
  14. “…dropped a bombshell.”
  15. “Well, learn how to like it!”
  16. Use these 5 words: research, excesses, wartime, yachts, music.
  17. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: broken, private, stone, moves, lunar.
    2. Use the phrase, “Come sit with me.”
    3. Write about washing glasses.
  18. The view from the top.
  19. Write about sleeping in a doorway.
  20. “I wasn’t referring to you, was I?”
  21. Hand-me-down clothing
  22. Use these 5 words: center, creepy, comfort, charge, collaboration.
  23. Obsessively reloading a website.
  24. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: every, walls, gloves. muffled, librarian.
    2. Use the phrase, “All around the area.”
    3. Write about a surprising photograph.
  25. Looking up a fact in an actual encyclopedia.
  26. A massive storm system.
  27. Use the phrase “This space intentionally left blank.”
  28. “Naked yoga?”
  29. Thinking up a strong password.
  30. Use one of the “I saw you” messages at this link to start your story.
  31. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: scribbling, rhapsody, color, hearts, bloom.
    2. Use the phrase, “By his paw, the lion is known.”
    3. Write about a peculiar hair color.

December 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about what you would do if you were unafraid.
  2. Write about unseasonable weather
  3. “I wish I knew how to use emojis.”
  4. Imitate auto-corrected drunken typing
  5. Use these 5 words: caucus, commit, refugees, challenge, executive.
  6. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beyond, lunar, sailors, crooked, seasons.
    2. Write about a distraction at a critical moment.
    3. Use the phrase, “You lost your shoe.”
  7. A distressing Facebook status.
  8. A reunion where the locals stay home
  9. “We’ve got to get the old guard out.”
  10. Your character has memory loss
  11. Use these 5 words: reboot, sabotage, record-smashing, sequel, dream.
  12. “It’s different where I come from.”
  13. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: crooked, looking, degradations, together, bark.
    2. A character rapidly summarizes the situation.
    3. Use the phrase, “Today answers the question.”
  14. Look what the cat dragged in.
  15. Add a character who wears a leather vest and a fanny pack.
  16. Sorting someone else’s bookshelf
  17. “Violence is not inevitable, but…”
  18. Everyone else is leaving town.
  19. Use these 5 words: anthem, valuable, referee, collectors, legend.
  20. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: depends, author’s, strength, o’clock, ready.
    2. A character gets tangled up in words or syntax.
    3. Use the phrase, “How nice for you.”
  21. A fake relationship.
  22. Thinking up new holiday traditions
  23. “He lied about being a scientist!”
  24. “All through the house…”
  25. Use these 5 words: intertwined, nostalgia, snowing, ocean, train.
  26. “It’s all over but the shouting.”
  27. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: would, shore, forever, corner, clings.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s a dangerous game.”
    3. Write about something so lifelike it’s uncanny.
  28. “There’s more than one way to do it.”
  29. Tell a story using only found pictures.
  30. Realizing that good posture actually is a good thing.
  31. Your MC gives a speech and… *drops mic*

November 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandGet today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: rhapsody, understand, light, misused, ranklings.
    2. Write about an unwelcome comment on clothing.
    3. Write about a sudden change of attitude.
  2. Are you nanoing this year? It’s not too late to get started!
  3. Write about the slant of sunlight in the morning.
  4. Use these 5 words: Netflix, tragic, critics, flights, whale.
  5. “I wish I had a backup copy.”
  6. Use this phrase: a spooky story
  7. Multitasking one too many thing.
  8. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  9. “You always have to work on date night.”
  10. Start with: “It doesn’t get more traditional than this.”
  11. It’s important to tell the truth, except…
  12. Use these 5 words: Lego, divided, calm, schizophrenia, economy.
  13. When everything has to work at the same time.
  14. Start with: “Psst… hey, kid…”
  15. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
  16. Use this phrase: kick start the week!
  17. “There’s just one more little detail…”
  18. Use these 5 words: apolitical, connection, risks, arrest, conspiracy.
  19. Intentionally misunderstanding instructions
  20. Use this phrase: atrocities of the past
  21. “Did you get the message?”
  22. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Silence, destination, world, white, dead.
    2. Write about overcoming resentment.
    3. Use the phrase, “Repeat after me…”
  23. “Seven Twenty-Three and All’s Well”
  24. Start with: “Look at this craftsmanship!”
  25. Cold snap makes the pets want to cuddle
  26. Use these 5 words: libraries, evil, trolling, delight, trust.
  27. Write about a formal introduction.
  28. Use this phrase: a tentative deal
  29. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: language, crepe, barking, gloves, switch.
    2. Write about something that’s not done any more.
    3. Write about ignoring a request.
  30. Start with: “ok, you guys, we’re back in action.”

October 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “We’re even now.”
  2. Use these 5 words: drought, blueberry, ginger, heavily, mournful.
  3. Major party foul
  4. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: memory, torture, gloves, looking, color.
    2. It’s St Francis day. Write about blessing an animal.
    3. Watching someone else learn to use a tool.
  5. “What are you looking for?”
  6. Use this phrase: my disturbed friend
  7. “And now, a word from our _____”
  8. Start with: “While I’m waiting for this novocaine fo wear off…”
  9. “It’s a really small town.”
  10. Use these 5 words: humanity, engage, conversations, destination, wanderlust.
  11. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: doves, begin, walls, librarian, weep.
    2. Use the phrase “I used to know how to do this.”
    3. Write about not quite finishing.
  12. Use this phrase: precipice of disaster
  13. Something you used to fret about.
  14. Start with: “The community is in shock…”
  15. Biting the hand that feeds.
  16. Use these 5 words: disparity, violent, diagnosed, escorted, eerie.
  17. Ten years ago today…
  18. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: found, done, meanness, floors, muffled.
    2. Comment on a song in a language that’s not understood.
    3. Fill in the blank: “Can’t live with ______, and can’t live without [it].”
  19. A sudden change in the weather.
  20. Use this phrase: afternoon tea
  21. What’s in the bottle?
  22. Start with: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
  23. “You are not wearing that.”
  24. Use these 5 words: drones, DNA, sex, shuffled, double-cross.
  25. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: broken, madman, whose, language, eating.
    2. Today is St. Crispin’s day + 600 yrs. Misquote Shakespeare.
    3. Someone overslept.
  26. Use this phrase: a love letter to fans
  27. “… got every single one of them right.”
  28. Start with: “It may be unhealthy, but I feel that without…”
  29. “That’s not what we expected.”
  30. Write a dating app bio for one of your characters.
  31. A character changes his/her name

September 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

  1. A Pen In Each HandWrite about an annoying salesperson
  2. Include this line: “I actually did laugh out loud over this.”
  3. A lazy summery afternoon
  4. Use these 5 words: tribute, suspension, premise, terrifying, mandated.
  5. Write about clever graffiti
  6. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: workings, burst, street, sailors, pestilence.
    2. Use the phrase, “But not for you.”
    3. Write about picking up after someone else.
  7. A popular employee’s last day
  8. a handmade dress printed with sun, moon, stars and planets
  9. Can’t afford it with the tax.
  10. Include this line: “I don’t remember half of it.”
  11. Important message goes unanswered
  12. Use these 5 words: market, pride, tomorrow, religion, women.
  13. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: sooner, workings, curve, every, morning.
    2. Write about a delivery.
    3. Fill in the blank: “Like a ______, only better. But not by much.”
  14. writing emails to random friends
  15. It helps to be left-handed.
  16. Include this line: “It’s probably going to be turned into condos.”
  17. An old letter changes things.
  18. Use these 5 words: parade, pleasure, classified, designer, auctioned.
  19. A critical system is near failure
  20. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: misused, aeroplanes, saying, round, sand.
    2. Write about the last time somebody did this.
    3. Use the phrase, “This could be more exciting.”
  21. Once a season, needed or not.
  22. cracking the case
  23. “That’s a mistake, not an error.”
  24. Use these 5 words: uniform, propaganda, lawns, embrace, journey.
  25. A sad holiday or anniversary
  26. mechanical difficulties
  27. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: curled, slights, young, begins, slide.
    2. Write about coming home after a time away.
    3. Use the phrase, “only had two.”
  28. Include this line: “I miss [name] on rainy Mondays.”
  29. “That’s not what I intended to do.”
  30. a disingenuous interpretation

August 2015
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Not the worst ever, but it will do.
  2. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: sweep, agony, rest, beyond, hear.
    2. Use the phrase “I can’t imagine how I did that.”
    3. Write about something that used to work.
  3. A bad case of the Mondays.
  4. Use these 5 words: evocative, werewolf, stress, quick, holiday.
  5. “I celebrate that holiday every day.”
  6. Start with: Halfway through our international tour…
  7. Our anniversary was a Tuesday that year.
  8. Write about: a false narrative.
  9. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: happiness, policemen, barking, polished, come.
    2. Fill in the blank: “It’s not nearly as ________ as it seems.”
    3. Write about washing windows.
  10. Use these 5 words: segregated, smart, wrestling, waffle, spearheaded.
  11. Write about a bad attitude
  12. Start with: That’s a great strategy.
  13. “Let’s do that next week instead.”
  14. Write about: a small scale evacuation.
  15. What dog are the Dog Days named for?
  16. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: slide, bruises, floors, destination, memory.
    2. Write about a special meal.
    3. It’s 3am. Now what?
  17. Some day, someone in this group will discover…
  18. Use these 5 words: skepticism, impossible, cheated, raw, accused.
  19. The cupboard is bare.
  20. Start with: The tables have turned.
  21. It’s complicated.
  22. Write about: being charged with second degree murder.
  23. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: looking, through, secret, eating, laborers.
    2. Use the phrase, “I hope that will hold it for now.”
    3. Write about an ill-timed sneeze.
  24. Use these 5 words: adaptation, wildly, contaminated, hitting, beach.
  25. Give directions creatively.
  26. Start with: Photographs shape public opinion.
  27. Loss of intuitive sense of the passage of time.
  28. Write about: curing a cat’s anxiety.
  29. “You’re telling me not to talk about it.”
  30. Get today’s prompts at Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: saying, which, lives, wheel, observe.
    2. Use the phrase, “Tell me who you are.”
    3. Write about food of an unusual color.
  31. Too many fresh vegetables at once.