October 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use “You probably haven’t heard this.”
  2. Use these five words: agricultural, child, incredible, country, church
  3. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: feeling, perforate, cottage, jungle, mislead.
    2. Use the phrase, “There was a person I knew.”
    3. Write about something done for healing purposes.
  4. Start with this line: I’m thrilled to announce…
  5. Use the phrase, “I’m not that good.”
  6. Start with this line: She would’ve made a great leader.
  7. Write about a flat tire.
  8. Set your story on a disastrous date
  9. Use the phrase “It’s been Saturday all week.”
  10. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: waterfall, meeting, rescue, sword, occupation.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s mostly fluff.”
    3. Write about making predictions.
  11. Write about missing a whole season.
  12. Set your story at a tiny wedding
  13. Your characters exchange a knock-knock joke.
  14. Write about a month of awareness
  15. Your character coins a word.
  16. Set your story in a cabin in the woods
  17. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: biscuit, clash, policy, suffering, solve.
    2. Use the phrase, “Give or take.”
    3. Write about cancelling an event.
  18. Start with this line: We understand why you’re frustrated.
  19. Write about driving a train.
  20. Write about an uninvited guest
  21. Write about being bad at keeping secrets.
  22. Start with this line: My research led me down a rabbithole.
  23. Write about an interrupted routine.
  24. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: horseshoe, porter, glove, sea, spider.
    2. Use the phrase, “Make it fit in the box.”
    3. Write about making copies.
  25. Compare a child to their younger self.
  26. Start with this line: Would you like to join our team?
  27. Use “Blessed are the pessimists, for they shall have made backups.”
  28. Use these five words: animate, famous, rage, daughter, beautiful
  29. Write about visiting a former workplace.
  30. Set your story during a high-profile interview
  31. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: canvas, skate, plaintiff, auditor, thinker.
    2. Use the phrase, “Which one is it?”
    3. Write about an absurd challenge.

September 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about weird traffic as evidence for a mishap.
  2. Use these five words: resigns, bungled, indigestible, record, dystopia
  3. Write about the sound of construction, far away.
  4. Start with this line: I’m convinced he’s allergic to…
  5. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: position, forget, ostracize, timber, awful.
    2. Use the phrase, “The same old thing.”
    3. Write about figuring something out.
  6. Set your story in a treehouse
  7. Write about a holiday not shared by everyone present.
  8. Use these five words: creativity, scheduled, update, self-worth, lifelong
  9. Write about getting new glasses or lenses.
  10. Start with this line: They just hit rock bottom.
  11. Write about private mourning for a public event.
  12. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: girl, advance, corner, register, uncle.
    2. Use the phrase, “That’s ten times in the last week.”
    3. Write about dim memories of a similar situation.
  13. Write about something that makes no sense to the narrator.
  14. Write about a short film
  15. Write about obsessively sorting something that didn’t need it.
  16. Start with this line: If I’m being totally honest…
  17. Use the phrase, “We don’t have enough people to do that.”
  18. Start with this line: He’s trying to buy votes.
  19. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: breeze, salon, administration, remain, condition.
    2. Use the phrase, “Open it up.”
    3. Write about an automation failure.
  20. Use these five words: worried, staging, history, impressive, farmer
  21. Write about doing busy work until dinnertime.
  22. Set your story during a murder trial
  23. Your character writes a haiku.
  24. Set your story at a party with cupcakes
  25. Write about cracking knuckles before getting to work.
  26. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: aviation, explicit, insistence, manufacturer, charismatic.
    2. Use the phrase, “Was that tonight?”
    3. Write about being too tired to stay awake.
  27. Use the phrase, “Begin in the middle.”
  28. Start with this line: Who gets custody of _____?
  29. Use the phrase, “One last time.”
  30. Use these five words: processed, ambiguity, cemetery, quarters, packing

August 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: place, digital, iron, pumpkin, peanut.
    2. Use the phrase, “Expect heavy precipitation.”
    3. Write about merging cuisines from different places.
  2. Start with this line: The apocalypse is coming.
  3. Write about recovering from illness or injury.
  4. Set your story at a closed border
  5. Write about apologizing for being late.
  6. Write about a personal attack
  7. Write about watching a plume of smoke.
  8. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: plaster, perfume, argument, swell, conscious.
    2. Use the phrase, “That won’t work.”
    3. Write about trying to stay awake.
  9. Write about not apologizing for being late.
  10. Use these five words: stars, missing, nuclear, powerful, accident
  11. Write about missing deadlines.
  12. Use these five words: outage, classic, concert, trial, exchange
  13. Set your story on Friday the 13th.
  14. Set your story during a snowstorm
  15. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: island, density, general, copy, sister.
    2. Use the phrase, “If it were reliable, it wouldn’t be magic.”
    3. Write about almost missing a deadline.
  16. Start with this line: She wants to be seen as something other than a mother.
  17. Write about a doctored recording.
  18. Write about something kept in cages
  19. Answer a child’s “That’s not fair!” complaint.
  20. Use these five words: superfans, behavioral, journalist, debate, airport
  21. Use “How does this thing work again?”
  22. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: waiter, chew, magnitude, joint, population.
    2. Use the phrase, “It seems less noisy.”
    3. Write about an inconvenient modern technology.
  23. Write about a bad case of the Mondays
  24. Write about a well-deserved bath
  25. Write an incident in your character’s childhood.
  26. Use these five words: grifters, gravesite, befitting, defeat, network
  27. Write about not being able to come up with the right word.
  28. Use these five words: flashpoint, shortage, packing, cheers, fight
  29. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: half, release, jewel, X-ray, double.
    2. Use the phrase, “How do we clean that?”
    3. Write about disobeying rules.
  30. Write about a great mystery
  31. Write about clay on a potter’s wheel.

 

July 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write four paragraphs of description of the setting of your story.
  2. Use these five words: wondering, assessment, hidden, evidence, tracking
  3. Use the phrase “battled to a scoreless tie.”
  4. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: reader, theory, pause, drawer, reaction. Bonus word: earwax.
    2. Fill in the blank: “Where did I put my _______?”
    3. Write about studying a map.
  5. Write about a freaked-out dog.
  6. Use these five words: bloomers, rundown, transformed, starry, photos
  7. Write about the sound of an appliance running.
  8. Set your story in a courtroom
  9. Write about eating out with a family member.
  10. Use these five words: influx, security, breach, reborn, bleed
  11. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: case, version, leave, tourist, precedent.
    2. Use the phrase, “where did that come from?”
    3. Write about correcting someone.
  12. Use these five words: stalled, joint, win, gems, forcibly
  13. Write about being confused by a calendar.
  14. Set your story at a poetry reading
  15. Write about rushing to open a restaurant.
  16. Start with this line: What did you miss most while you were away?
  17. Write a child’s bedtime story.
  18. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: cylinder, fairy, straight, temperature, warm.
    2. Use the phrase, “As far away as possible.”
    3. Write about a large animal.
  19. Write about a health worry.
  20. Write about being scared
  21. Write about settling in a different country.
  22. Write about a sexual assault accusation
  23. Write about summer snow.
  24. Set your story in space
  25. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: transport, throat, impound, suppress, hang.
    2. Use the phrase, “I’m not sure what happens now.”
    3. Write about giving up trying to explain something.
  26. Set your story at an awards show
  27. Drop everything and write a Haiku.
  28. Start with this line: I’m not sure why I put myself through this.
  29. Write about cleaning out the refrigerator.
  30. Use these five words: cliffhanger, poet, buckle, hero, twist
  31. Make up a name for a day of the week.

 

June 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about poison.
  2. Set your story in a traffic jam
  3. Write about getting the cold shoulder.
  4. Use these five words: calling, double, lifetime, policy, treason
  5. Write about being disappointed after a major accomplishment.
  6. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
  7. Write about a favorite place to sit.
  8. Set your story at a funeral
  9. Write about tasting something special.
  10. Use these five words: watch, crow, parity, coffee, justice
  11. Write about staying up very late to finish a book.
  12. Start with this line: He said he meant it as a compliment.
  13. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: inappropriate, arrange, projection, plead, update.
    2. Use the phrase, “It looks the same to me.”
    3. Write about craving a stimulant.
  14. Start with this line: Two lucky winners will receive…
  15. Write about waiting for quitting time.
  16. Write about a character wearing robes
  17. Write about a misremembered quotation.
  18. Start with this line: The stakes just got higher.
  19. Write about discovering a surprising shared interest.
  20. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: ceremony, scheme, prey, charm, hesitate.
    2. Use the phrase, “Repeat after me.”
    3. Write about uncooked food.
  21. Use the phrase, “Was I daydreaming?”
  22. Use these five words: fastidiously, patience, director, zero, imminent
  23. Write about unconventional clothes.
  24. Use these five words: imaginative, intersect, genius, false, analysis
  25. Use the phrase, “It’s just six months til Christmas.”
  26. Write about a complicated threat
  27. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: paralyzed, claim, formation, positive, fail.
    2. Fill in the blank: “Not enough room in the _______.”
    3. Write about being unable to hear.
  28. Start with this line: Where are they now?
  29. Use this phrase: “Why isn’t it red?”
  30. Set your story in a wildfire

 

May 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Use the phrase, “Mayday! Mayday!”
  2. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: trait, earthquake, wire, laborer, suburb.
    2. Use the phrase, “Wait, don’t do that.”
    3. Write about trying not to laugh.
  3. Write about a late-season storm.
  4. Use these five words: married, tomorrow, founder, gala, surprise
  5. Write about making up a holiday.
  6. Start with this line: Please drive with caution.
  7. Use “What day is it?”
  8. Use these five words: ceremony, personal, legacy, lobster, swans
  9. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: hardship, sour, provincial, miss, banner.
    2. Use the phrase, “Is it morning again already?”
    3. Write about doing habitual things in the wrong order.
  10. Start with this line: It wasn’t something we focused on.
  11. Write about using sign language in a noisy bar.
  12. Start with this line: You should’ve cut him when you had the chance.
  13. Write about a cat’s hunting habits.
  14. Use these five words: superheroes, millions, human, poet, baseball
  15. Use the phrase “And here it is mid-May already.”
  16. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: recommend, class, abnormal, gravity, city.
    2. Use the phrase, “scratching people off the list.”
    3. Write about hoping not to encounter anybody you know.
  17. Write about recreating a very old recipe.
  18. Set your story at a movie premiere
  19. Make up a child’s bedtime story.
  20. Set your story in an airport
  21. Write about a lesson learned during the pandemic.
  22. Set your story at a protest
  23. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: bind, corruption, distinct, deficit, passion.
    2. Use the phrase, “There was a time when I believed…”
    3. Write about putting on fancy clothes.
  24. Write about receiving a diploma
  25. Write about the limits of a can-do attitude.
  26. Write about a musical collaboration
  27. Start with “Why am I here?”
  28. Use these five words: meet-cute, scrapbooking, arrest, envelope, neglected
  29. Use “That’s not fair!”
  30. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: institution, pest, lecture, nursery, pie.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s almost time to go.”
    3. Write about troubleshooting.
  31. Discuss the phrase “once upon a time.”

 

April 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about why April fools get their own day.
  2. Write about winning
  3. Write about an animal mascot.
  4. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: jump, extension, waterfall, pile, monopoly.
    2. Use the phrase, “Can we afford that?”
    3. Write about an auction.
  5. Write about figuring out a weird calendar.
  6. Use these five words: groups, masks, doctor, refused, office
  7. Write about an unlucky number.
  8. Start with this line: This rhetoric is inciting violence.
  9. Write about introducing old and new partners.
  10. Write about an intense class
  11. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: defeat, growth, ask, highlight, grace.
    2. Use the phrase, “I don’t know what’s in it.”
    3. Write about interruptions.
  12. Write about a shooting
  13. Write about struggling to read fine print.
  14. Set your story under the surface of the ocean
  15. Write about a last-minute reprieve.
  16. Write about an important vote
  17. Write about a lazy Saturday spent with a friend.
  18. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: claim, velvet, acquit, argument, loose.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s better not to ask.”
    3. Write about a moth drawn to a flame.
  19. Write about a formal tea ceremony.
  20. Start with this line: Do you think he will leave peacefully?
  21. Write about tedious repetition.
  22. Use these five words: discovery, collaboration, hug, plant, voice
  23. Write about confusion over an acronym.
  24. Use these five words: staffing, rock, recipients, counted, author
  25. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: chord, chain, exercise, smart, album.
    2. Use the phrase, “Here’s the plan.”
    3. Write about waiting for dinnertime.
  26. Write about dancing in the rain
  27. Write about a recurring nightmare.
  28. Start with this line: What are you most looking forward to?
  29. Write about the last of its kind.
  30. Use these five words: outlandish, shattering, accident, syndrome, modicum

March 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Start with the names of three colors.
  2. Use these five words: forgotten, identities, weird, attribute, completed
  3. Write about a failing battery.
  4. Set your story in a casino
  5. Write about taking all day to do a simple task.
  6. Write about your writing routine
  7. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: dive, court, neighbor, collar, organize.
    2. Use the phrase, “Is that a cactus?”
    3. Write about an arithmetic mistake.
  8. Start with this line: I shouldn’t be laughing.
  9. Use the phrase, “Tell me a story.”
  10. Write about unwelcome paparazzi photos
  11. Write about a failed software update.
  12. Use these five words: hopeful, detour, roadblock, active, loudly
  13. Write about being afraid to go out.
  14. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: glare, clerk, feign, conclusion, aloof.
    2. Use the phrase, “It’s not a good place.”
    3. Write about remorse or regret.
  15. Write about being stuck with an uncertain welcome.
  16. Start with this line: I don’t make the rules.
  17. Give your character an unusual name.
  18. Start with this line: The only thing that would horrify me is…
  19. Use “I used to know how to do this.”
  20. Set your story on a fishing boat
  21. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: disorder, performer, waste, tropical, grief.
    2. Use the phrase, “What are you feeling?”
    3. Write about picky food preferences.
  22. Start with this line: What a trip down memory lane.
  23. Write about an apprentice.
  24. Set your story in a dream
  25. Write about a summer hockey league.
  26. Set your story at a yoga class
  27. Write about a childhood embarrassment.
  28. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: medium, hard, unpleasant, care, orgy.
    2. Use the phrase, “mended feelings.”
    3. Write about an uncanny feeling.
  29. Write about a bad case of the Mondays.
  30. Write about making a big move
  31. Write about pushing up against limits.

February 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a wild speculation.
  2. Start with this line: I’ve always been there.
  3. Write about trying to revive an extinct holiday.
  4. Set your story at a city council meeting
  5. Write about waiting for a computer to update.
  6. Start with this line: Are we allowed to go to bed yet?
  7. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: vehicle, promote, perforate, green, friend.
    2. Use the phrase, “add that to the list.”
    3. Write about something that’s undercooked.
  8. Set your story in a room with a fireplace
  9. Write about watching events without being able to do anything.
  10. Use these five words: books, school, talked, rushing, quality
  11. Use the phrase, “That wasn’t there 5 minutes ago.”
  12. Use these five words: scientists, freelancers, erupted, figures, question
  13. Describe a sunrise or sunset.
  14. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: fame, hesitate, sign, character, referee.
    2. Use the phrase, “Is your heat on?”
    3. Write about vigorous exercise.
  15. Use the phrase, “Didn’t I just do that?”
  16. Use these five words: bidding, positive, donuts, tycoon, wealthy
  17. Use the phrase, “I’ll check that right now.”
  18. Start with this line: She can’t say anything that will upset her boss.
  19. Use the phrase, “Tell us that story again.”
  20. Use these five words: parole, snowfall, riot, teachers, red carpet
  21. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: mean, overall, circumstance, progressive, grind.
    2. Use the phrase, “You never listen.”
    3. Write about putting something in the wrong place.
  22. Start with this line: Here’s what you need to know.
  23. Write about treachery.
  24. Use these five words: carriage, kneecap, garlic, terminated, uneasy
  25. Write about kids playing on a statue.
  26. Start with this line: The next scheduled departure is at 5pm.
  27. Write about being “randomly” selected.
  28. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: salon, twin, stroke, organ, breeze.
    2. Use the phrase, “How can that exist in the same world as this?”
    3. Write about a sad memory.

January 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about looking back on hopes for last year.
  2. Use these five words: boundaries, fraud, exhibition, intimacy, display
  3. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: irony, die, mood, tissue, sound.
    2. Fill in the blank: “Love is what happens when _________.”
    3. Write about a preposterous excuse.
  4. Set your story in a downtown alley
  5. Write about a morning without coffee.
  6. Start with this line: I have two options.
  7. Use the phrase, “Read this and summarize.”
  8. Use these five words: intelligence, awareness, power, bottleneck, sanctions
  9. Write about translating a poem.
  10. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: arrogant, qualification, overwhelm, listen, reflect.
    2. Fill in the blank: “_________ is what makes the world go around.”
    3. Write about being slightly too late.
  11. Use the phrase, “Help me take this off.”
  12. Write about a frightening book
  13. Write about a birthday party.
  14. Start with this line: What you are describing is a crime.
  15. Write about rediscovering old music.
  16. Start with this line: It’s not over yet.
  17. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: body, grind, secure, spirit, disappoint.
    2. Use the phrase, “I don’t know what to think.”
    3. Write about refusing dessert.
  18. Write about a medical diagnosis
  19. Fill in: “Aren’t you tired of _________?”
  20. Use these five words: essential, gifts, necessary, trend, soundtrack
  21. Write about new beginnings.
  22. Set your story in the home of a wealthy family that hates each other
  23. Write about not participating in a common activity.
  24. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: picture, doll, control, rule, eavesdrop.
    2. Use the phrase, “Look at the shadow.”
    3. Write about deciding if something is safe.
  25. Write about blocking someone on social media.
  26. Write about an asteroid headed for Earth
  27. Write about a delivery that arrives early.
  28. Use these five words: comeback, life, trading, badly, direction
  29. Write about finding patterns where there are none.
  30. Use these five words: hibernation, clothes, undercurrent, walks, log
  31. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: meet, date, announcement, practice, rainbow.
    2. Use the phrase, “There’s only one left.”
    3. Write about hoping someone understands.