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.

September 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: Midnight, world, bark, bring, weep.
    2. Write about a physically awkward situation.
    3. “S/he is never late; s/he arrives precisely when s/he means to.”
  2. Revisit your 2013 writing goals + make a fresh list for the fall.
  3. “If you’re not cussing, you’re not doing it right.”
  4. Write about a character with islomania.
  5. Write in the voice of an inanimate object.
  6. Follow @FriNightWrites + tweet your word count w/ the hashtag #writeclub.
  7. Why not the best?
  8. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: Pianos, crossing, woods, traffic, preserve.
    2. Fill in the blank: “it’s that time of year when _____”
    3. Fill in the blank: “Don’t get lost on the way to ________.”
  9. “Keep a copy in case you mess it up.”
  10. Share a favorite quote about writing. Use the hashtag #TCwq.
  11. Listen to the Mozart Requiem and write based on the mood.
  12. Add one of the following to your story: a bear, a flood, a politician.
  13. Write about a lucky Friday the 13th
  14. Follow #amwriting + use one of the writer’s names for a character.
  15. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: moaning, private, neglected, rest, share.
    2. A character gives a false name.
    3. Use the phrase, “And… it doesn’t work.”
  16. Use these new words: twerk, selfie, MOOC, derp, buzzworthy.
  17. Reverse the gender of one of your characters.
  18. It’s #WriterWednesday aka #ww. Give a favorite writer a shout out.
  19. Write about a very strange animal.
  20. It’s Friday! What are you reading? Tag your tweet with #FridayReads.
  21. Write in the first person without first person pronouns.
  22. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: parties, running, counting, retroactively, color
    2. Use the phrase, “A funny thing happened on the way to ____”
    3. Use the phrase, “It was a good system.”
  23. Write about unknown unknowns making their existence felt.
  24. Procrastinating? Give yourself a kickstart by playing Writer’s Excuse Bingo.
  25. “Only 2 more. You can survive that.”
  26. Browse through archived APIEH writing exercises + choose one to do.
  27. Write about chickening out.
  28. Use the most recent “Word of the Week” as the theme of a story or poem.
  29. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: silent, boxes, world, begin, rankling.
    2. Fill in the blank, “According to my dad, _______.”
    3. A character is confused by an interruption.
  30. Write a writing prompt + submit it!

August 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Tell a story in drawings or photos.
  2. Write about a sudden rain storm.
  3. Your MC finds a box of maps on the sidewalk.
  4. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: sanctions, wedding, monsoon, unplugged, mansion. Bonus Word: bureau.
    2. Use either (or both) of the phrases, “Is there a doctor in the house?” or “Mack is back in town!”.
    3. Continue, complete, or be inspired by the following — John: “They had been lost for two days, then the wolves came, and the rest is history.” Jane: “Yes, I think I can fill in the blanks.”
  5. “Everyone on Twitter is a writer.”
  6. Write about a fear of public speaking.
  7. Search “breaks their silence” & use one of the results as a story opening.
  8. Use these words: write, right, rite, wright.
  9. Write a haiku + tweet it.
  10. Write about unexpected wildlife.
  11. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: fog, librarian, shameful, misuse, beats.
    2. Fill in the blanks: “When you’re ________, I’m still _________.”
    3. Use the phrase, “It quit, halfway through.”
  12. Do what’s needful and worry about feelings later.
  13. A fish story.
  14. Write about nodding off to sleep.
  15. Comment on a blog you a) regularly read b) haven’t previously delurked at.
  16. There’s a blank space: fill it.
  17. New character: a climate-change denier.
  18. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: bridge, furniture, knee, trust, deep.
    2. Use the following phrase: “Use this photo when they arrive to explain what happened.”
    3. Fill in the blank: “The first step is _______.”
  19. Write a secret on a postcard and send it to postsecret.com
  20. Write about not using information that came from secret sources.
  21. Someone is bluffing… do they pull it off?
  22. “I don’t think that will work.”
  23. Take the time to read + respond to a writing buddy’s recently-published work
  24. A lazy afternoon when nothing happens, except…
  25. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: street, excerpt, windy, barking, slights.
    2. Use the phrase, “a few ______ short of a ______”.
    3. Fill in the blank: “At the time, we had access to _________.”
  26. “Is that fog?”
  27. “Don’t judge me, but I don’t love my ____ anymore.”
  28. Write about a hole in someone’s memory.
  29. Use these words: hedgehog, wildfire, genome, playwright.
  30. Write about pretending not to like something.
  31. Write a positive msg on a sticky note + leave it for a stranger to find.

July 2013
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about reaching a project milestone.
  2. Write about a strike.
  3. “I’ll do the odds, you do the evens.”
  4. One of your characters is on the run!
  5. Everything is oddly quiet.
  6. A devastating fall.
  7. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: survivor, cigarette, exact, greeting, howled.
    2. Write about taking an idiom literally.
    3. Write about memories of someone no longer there.
  8. Write about something that’s 100 years old in 2013.
  9. Write about throwing away something unused for years.
  10. Use these words: wildfire, squad, beauties, growing, dugout.
  11. “I never knew what entropy was before I owned a house.”
  12. Write about “The War on _______.”
  13. Write about stumbling into something you were not meant to see.
  14. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: unsnapping, discharged, concentrate, eyes, short.
    2. Use the phrase, “When it bends?”
    3. Use the phrase, “There are three problems with that.”
  15. “Wow. You mean there’s a pattern?”
  16. A character downloads an X-ray vision app. What happens next?
  17. Write about an inconvenient storm.
  18. Your MC stands up for something she or he believes in.
  19. Invent a new genre and write a story in it.
  20. Use these words: select, highlights, accomplish, habits, babble.
  21. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following five words: extra, knees, often, welcoming, front.
    2. Write about a map.
    3. Write about too much happening at once.
  22. Your MC discovers a person they’ve looked up to is racist.
  23. “Each of them has his own color of ink.”
  24. A character’s pet is a hybrid of 2 dissimilar species, e.g. a zebracat.
  25. “Each of them has her own color of ink.”
  26. You get the opp. to cowrite an epi of your fave TV show. Write about it.
  27. “That’s a little unconventional, don’t you think?”
  28. Get today’s Sunday brunch prompts at Twitter
    1. Use the following words: shut, balance, footage, drain, session.
    2. Use the phrase, “I haven’t had time to open the newspaper.”
    3. Write about a mythical character or creature.
  29. Write about something that only happens in hot weather.
  30. Drop what you’re doing and write for 15 minutes! Go!
  31. “If you want something done, ask somebody who’s busy.”