September 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about an unfortunate bruise.
  2. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: bell, greeting, fastidious, mild, tongue.
    2. Use the phrase: “Lunchtime, tomorrow.”
    3. Write about unwittingly doing something the same every time.
  3. Write about faint remnants of something that was erased.
  4. Use these 5 words: nice, support, shop, bleach, quirky.
  5. Narrator contemplates their reflection in a shiny ball.
  6. Your antagonist is named Lianna Acosta.
  7. Use the phrase “You’re safe here with me.”
  8. Your antagonist is a funeral director.
  9. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: drawing, win, posture, half, resource.
    2. Use the phrase: “That looks ominous.”
    3. Write about someone who hasn’t been seen in a long time.
  10. Use these 5 words: squirrel, quill, earthquake, space, question.
  11. Write about doing something with the other hand.
  12. Write about not receiving an apology.
  13. Answer a question with another question.
  14. Use these 5 words: hunting, brainstorm, secondary, vetted, calamity.
  15. Write about being barefoot in the office.
  16. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: dragon, research, diplomat, carrot, strap.
    2. Use the phrase: “Good luck with the dog [or other animal].”
    3. Write about an unnecessary goodbye.
  17. Write about counting down to the last time something happens.
  18. Start with this line of dialogue: “Remember how I hugged you?”
  19. Write about finishing up chores to make time for…
  20. Write about why you love yourself.
  21. Write about a blank book.
  22. Write about a stolen victory.
  23. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: housing, bench, publicity, recover, clay.
    2. Use the phrase: “It’s remarkably quiet.”
    3. Write about getting confused by some numbers.
  24. Use these 5 words: novel, creativity, venture, pannier, excavate.
  25. Write about accidental harassment.
  26. Your protagonist is a cinematographer.
  27. Use the phrase “Blue envy.”
  28. Start with this line of dialogue: “Smell the water.”
  29. Use the phrase, “Didn’t I just do that?”
  30. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: wisecrack, occasion, turn, snow, border.
    2. Use the phrase: “The end of the month.”
    3. Write about discarding old things.

August 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a civic holiday or commemoration.
  2. Include a character who is a model.
  3. An unorthodox way of doing calculations
  4. Write about an origin story.
  5. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: cheese, grace, qualification, peak, rider.
    2. Use the phrase: “long tail feathers.”
    3. Write about struggling to stay awake.
  6. Start with this line of dialogue: “It’s not perfect, but…”
  7. What to do when the internet is down.
  8. Use the following phrase: the largest in history
  9. “They’re all odd numbers.”
  10. Use these 5 words: conjunctivitis, metropolis, leviathan, gnash, slippery.
  11. “This doesn’t look very random to me.”
  12. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: irony, apathy, ceiling, sandwich, process.
    2. Use the phrase: “That’s not what we expected.”
    3. Write about very strange or extreme weather.
  13. “You need to learn to lie with sincerity.”
  14. Use the following phrase: according to multiple sources
  15. “Last question: Where shall we have lunch?”
  16. Your protagonist is an architect.
  17. Write about an afternoon nap.
  18. Write about denying the truth.
  19. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: candle, countryside, bring, copy, prize.
    2. Use the phrase: “That’s pretty strong.”
    3. Write about a stuffed animal.
  20. Use the following phrase: tricky questions
  21. Write about pulling the plug for the last time.
  22. Use the following phrase: police find arm at sea
  23. “What’s it like, driving a behemoth?”
  24. Use these 5 words: bump, warm, deliver, misty, probable.
  25. “Remind me why we’re doing this?”
  26. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: section, calendar, note, beautiful, exact.
    2. Use the phrase: “We’re not late, yet.”
    3. Write about watching someone sleep.
  27. Include a character who’s neither male nor female.
  28. Start with this line of dialogue: “What the f–k just happened?”
  29. Write about trying to understand someone on a noisy connection.
  30. Write about what scares you most.
  31. “How many days is it since he left?”

July 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: inspire, sister, wall, relationship, breed.
    2. Use the phrase: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery.”
    3. Write about an idea with the potential to change everything.
  2. Start with this line of dialogue: “I don’t ask for much.”
  3. “We were not expecting that.”
  4. Use these 5 words: quotidian, percussive, Freudian slip, toque, outshine.
  5. Write about an unfortunate anniversary
  6. Use the following phrase: an undercover sting
  7. “I just did it. It’s not my turn.”
  8. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: crude, wife, dictate, training, attract.
    2. Use the phrase: “You have to unlock it.”
    3. Write about calling people names.
  9. Write about wondering what the instructions mean.
  10. Use these 5 words: side step, chocolatier, flibbertigibbet, tromp, brute.
  11. Discuss spelling of nonsense sounds.
  12. Use these 5 words: tub, scrawny, cough, room, disapprove.
  13. Write about Friday the 13th.
  14. Write about a quick decision.
  15. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: point, sketch, ignite, suffering, short circuit.
    2. Use the phrase: “It’s no trouble at all.”
    3. Write about sloshing liquid.
  16. Your protagonist is a general practitioner.
  17. Your character cusses creatively
  18. Include a character who is a bookmaker.
  19. Start with “Next year at this time…”
  20. Start with this line of dialogue: “I miss everyone already.”
  21. “You’d think we’d know how to do this by now.”
  22. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: train, dump, useful, sustain, total.
    2. Use the phrase: “All the towels are wet.”
    3. Write about waiting for somebody who’s late.
  23. “Even numbers, odd numbers, and the rest of them.”
  24. Use the following phrase: people camping in their backyard
  25. “I did the whole thing in one sitting.”
  26. Use the following phrase: standing room only
  27. Use the phrase, “Only one mistake.”
  28. Write about taking a chance.
  29. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: buffet, neck, overlook, aware, conscience.
    2. Use the phrase: “Crunching on the gravel.”
    3. Write about borrowing something from a neighbor or friend.
  30. Use the following phrase: thirty days of heart opening
  31. “There isn’t room for all the digits.”

June 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Begin with “Starting today…”
  2. Your protagonist is named Najla Mahmood.
  3. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: formulate, outfit, ensure, rear, rabbit.
    2. Fill in the blank: “It seems a little _______ for this time of year.”
    3. Write about two friends of your character who don’t get along.
  4. Use the following phrase: egg-free scrambled eggs
  5. Write about a friend in trouble.
  6. Use these 5 words: kiss, morning, live, zipper, material.
  7. “Is that a threat? Or a promise?”
  8. Your antagonist is named Channary Chanthavong.
  9. Use the phrase “They presumably know that.”
  10. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: press, false, yard, exposure, damage.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I learned a lot about being human from _______ .”
    3. Write about a rite of passage.
  11. Use the phrase “Tell me more lies.”
  12. Include a character who is a software engineer.
  13. Use the phrase “What was I thinking?”
  14. Your antagonist is a bus driver.
  15. “You’ve confused me with someone else.”
  16. Your antagonist is a janitor.
  17. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: jury, wash, worker, ambiguous, latest.
    2. Answer an either/or question with “yes” or “no.”
    3. Write about not celebrating a holiday.
  18. Start with this line of dialogue: “Look at these pies!”
  19. Use the phrase, “What are you talking about?”
  20. Use these 5 words: sunken, raspberry, ampersand, zombify, temerity.
  21. Write about changing seasons.
  22. Your protagonist is a psychologist.
  23. “This is like a maze… I’m lost.”
  24. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: outside, available, national, heel, contrast.
    2. Use the phrase: “culture seems foreign.”
    3. Write about a flower.
  25. “You’re up early…”
  26. Start with this line of dialogue: “I believe the allegations are true.”
  27. Write about a gathering storm.
  28. Start with this line of dialogue: “Look at this nice letter!”
  29. A long-deferred vacation
  30. Use the following phrase: a major advancement in technology

May 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. “Mayday! Mayday!”
  2. Start with this line of dialogue: “Look no further!”
  3. “There will be a price to pay.”
  4. Write about sharing war stories.
  5. “Be quiet, both of you, and work together.”
  6. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: applied, orchestra, hang, recognize, penalty.
    2. Write about a picture of home.
    3. Use the phrase “any time now.”
  7. “It’s chilly in the cave.”
  8. Use the following phrase: thunderbolts and lightning
  9. Write about using the wind to advantage.
  10. Use the following phrase: already has my heart
  11. A new building, without windows.
  12. Your protagonist is named Prashansa Iyer.
  13. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: common, noble, threshold, glance, jelly.
    2. Write about doing something another person doesn’t approve of.
    3. Use the phrase, “Are you my mother?”
  14. Use the following phrase: a monarchy with racist baggage
  15. Write about a character who’s illiterate.
  16. Your protagonist is a criminal.
  17. Alone, after the memorial service.
  18. Use these 5 words: repent, colleague, siphon, weeping willow, wholesale.
  19. Use the phrase “Let me handle this.”
  20. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: discover, shift, snack, orthodox, magnitude.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I’m too _______ for this kind of thing.”
    3. Use the phrase, “Quickly. It’s starting to rain.”
  21. An unfortunate anniversary.
  22. Use these 5 words: keelhaul, vigorous, uncivilized, topnotch, avatar.
  23. “Stay tuned, you’ll see.”
  24. Your antagonist is a sailboat captain.
  25. Write about a poor translation.
  26. Use the following phrase: as far as Mars–and beyond
  27. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: provincial, load, market, gene, conclusion.
    2. Fill in the blank: “I like this so much I could just _______.”
    3. Write about making contact with a long-lost friend or family member.
  28. Use these 5 words: popcorn, voyage, dashing, mature, symptomatic.
  29. Write a ten-minute play.
  30. Start with this line of dialogue: “You may know her from…”
  31. “Last person out, please turn out the lights.”

April 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: number, architecture, alarm, bounce, shrink.
    2. Write about bailing out of a planned activity.
    3. Use the phrase “No good deed goes unpunished.”
  2. Your antagonist is named Maxim Ibarra.
  3. Cat, asleep with all 4 feet in the air.
  4. Use these words: trailblazer, bunk bed, indiscreet, grassroots, underground.
  5. That one channel you wanted to watch won’t work.
  6. Use the following phrase: even weirdos need some kindness
  7. Watching weather reports very carefully
  8. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: convenience, piano, danger, asylum, axis.
    2. Write about feeling sad for no obvious reason.
    3. Use the phrase “Was that fun?”
  9. “I’m sorry I didn’t do that when you wanted.”
  10. Use the following phrase: all that rage is a mask
  11. Asking strange questions.
  12. Start with this dialogue: “We’ve become numb to this sort of behavior.”
  13. “No good deed goes unpunished.”
  14. Use the following phrase: throwing fuel on a dying fire
  15. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Sunday, towards, street, grunts, dress.
    2. Write about turning something in late.
    3. Use the phrase “Do what you need to do.”
  16. Use the following phrase: a gaggle of geese
  17. Life in a close-knit secret organization
  18. Write about a public shaming.
  19. Moving on to the next task.
  20. Your antagonist is a travel agent.
  21. Do it all at once? Or break it into pieces?
  22. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: daughter, rice, ordinary, implicit, compete.
    2. Write about a tool you don’t know how to use.
    3. Use the phrase “And now it’s broken.
  23. Upgrading only to find favorites broken.
  24. Use the following phrase: fired for inappropriate behavior
  25. Conversation while washing dishes together.
  26. Use these 5 words: dock, ratty, coast, obtain, military.
  27. Entering the wrong year on a form
  28. Use the following phrase: behind closed doors
  29. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: element, gate, expose, cheap, woman.
    2. Write about a security concern.
    3. Use the phrase “What I really want is a nap.”
  30. Include a character named Kedar Abbas.

March 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a sudden change in the weather.
  2. Use the following phrase: this is something special
  3. “There’s absolutely no question.”
  4. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: despair, lodge, cutting, long, fiction.
    2. Write about someone not finding what they’re looking for.
    3. Use the phrase “Could use a facelift.”
  5. Write about a lap cat “helping”
  6. Your protagonist is named Virgil Beck.
  7. Write about family interfering with work.
  8. Use these 5 words: befitting, last, program, haircut, birthday.
  9. “If you think about it inside out…”
  10. Write about being good enough.
  11. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: side, rung, smart, margin, liability.
    2. Write about dreading a move.
    3. Fill in the blank: “If you should happen to ______.”
  12. Use these 5 words: shipwreck, biofuel, ripple, dahlia, fern.
  13. Write about a life-changing decision
  14. Start with this line of dialogue: “_____ has died.”
  15. Write about something coming due on the Ides of March
  16. Use these 5 words: short, spinster, nauseate, fail, prelude.
  17. Write about the first attempt to sail a new boat.
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: clique, rational, leak, nightmare, tactic.
    2. Write about a knock at the door, with “Five minutes” spoken aloud.
    3. Fill in the blank: “Do you really want to ______?”
  19. “How do you propose to do that?”
  20. Start with this line of dialogue: “Ok, we’re in the home stretch!”
  21. Write about waiting for spring
  22. Your antagonist is named Nova Epstein.
  23. Write about an abandoned building.
  24. Use these 5 words: bear, joyous, cemetery, awesome, melted.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: dribble, evening, bring, lemon, drift.
    2. Write about unwanted automation.
    3. Use the phrase “Use the phrase.”
  26. Write about being mortified.
  27. Breakfast on the morning after.
  28. Write about mixed feelings.
  29. Write about going home early, only to find…
  30. Use these 5 words: vulgarity, doily, spirit, withdraw, inherit.
  31. Losing your sense of the passage of time

February 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about a loss of confidence
  2. Start with this line of dialogue: “My new obsession is…”
  3. Use the phrase, “It’s different for me.”
  4. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: goggles, blubber, citizen, category, crackpot.
    2. Write about a strange hairstyle.
    3. Use the phrase “You are amazing.”
  5. Write about mindless activities before breakfast.
  6. Write about a false belief.
  7. Write about unintended consequences.
  8. Write about finding envelopes filled with money.
  9. Use the phrase “What year is it again?”
  10. Use these 5 words: drawing board, wraparound, piquant, cornmeal, swathe.
  11. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: misshapen, highway, committee, beak, grainy.
    2. Write about being in someone’s way.
    3. Use the phrase “Don’t try this at home, kids.”
  12. Write about family.
  13. Write about a great party.
  14. Use these 5 words: penalize, vacate, witch, insidious, lookup.
  15. Write about the morning after the party
  16. Write about a path to redemption.
  17. Write about finishing a dreaded task.
  18. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: designer, instill, empirical, angel, incident.
    2. Write about a slip in the schedule.
    3. Use the phrase “Forty-five, at last count.”
  19. Write about a street pothole.
  20. Start with this line of dialogue: “It looks like you covered this up.”
  21. “How are we going to pay for that?”
  22. Write about a routine.
  23. Invent a legend for a past hero
  24. Use these 5 words: soprano, trash talk, polymath, femme fatale, server.
  25. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: missile, cotton, catalogue. craft, nest.
    2. Write about waiting for a reply.
    3. Use the phrase “How would you like to pay?”
  26. Your protagonist is named Hyun-Shik Chai.
  27. Use the phrase “Papers, please.”
  28. Use these 5 words: synopsis, boldfaced, variation, pedestal, upstart.

January 2018
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write out a set of writing goals for 2018
  2. Use the following phrase: secret door-locking button
  3. Write about a confusing user interface
  4. Start with this line of dialogue: “_____ has been fired.”
  5. Write about going through the checkbook, writing “2018” in the date blanks.
  6. Your protagonist is a historian.
  7. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  8. Use these 5 words: synonymous, force, acidic, heat, joke.
  9. Use the phrase, “It’s twice as hot as it was!”
  10. Use these 5 words: furry, awake, lumber, vagabond, nappy.
  11. Write about unfamiliar aches and pains.
  12. Write about asking for a pardon.
  13. “Friday the 13th is a Saturday.”
  14. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: cast, twelve, bauble, bomber, absurdly.
    2. Write about working on a holiday.
    3. Write about mirthless laughter.
  15. Write about an extra day in solitude.
  16. Write about what you’re grateful for.
  17. “If I talk about that, everyone will think…”
  18. Use these 5 words: Ursa Major, arbitrary, snag, knock out, wizardry.
  19. Use the phrase, “Hurry, it’s cold outside.”
  20. Include a character named Bao-Yu Liu.
  21. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: enter, cosmetic, gigantic, collectible, condo.
    2. Write about fixing things around the house.
    3. Use the phrase “OK, we went to the pub.”
  22. Start with this line of dialogue: “Millions could die.”
  23. Write about losing your glasses.
  24. Use the following phrase: found not guilty of murder
  25. Use the phrase, “Only 31 shopping days since Christmas!”
  26. Use the following phrase: a North Pole postmark
  27. Write about watching someone settle down for sleep.
  28. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: beat, suntan, verdict, swell, fish.
    2. Write about something misfiled or miscategorized.
    3. Use the phrase “So say we all.”
  29. “Was there a deadline I missed?”
  30. Write about robots.
  31. Use the phrase, “We have another lamp.”

December 2017
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about saying “Rabbit, Rabbit” first thing on the first of the month.
  2. Use these 5 words: dashing, announce, punishment, kick, charge.
  3. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: flaming, hat, republic, believing, finite.
    2. Write about unintended consequences.
    3. Use the phrase, “Honey, I’m home.”
  4. Use this line of dialogue: “The future is hopeless.”
  5. Write about someone being braver than they thought possible.
  6. Include a character who spends an impressive amount of time asleep.
  7. Exchanging loving glances with an animal.
  8. Use these 5 words: redundant, stiff, smoggy, mark, complete.
  9. Waiting for the first storm of the season to begin
  10. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: Fog, hands, crossing, every, corner.
    2. Write about expecting something that’s late.
    3. Use the phrase, “I feel much better now.”
  11. Use the phrase “Over my dead body.”
  12. Use this line of dialogue: “Just a pain in the ass, basically.”
  13. Write about re-examining the most basic assumptions.
  14. Scenario: a famous kidnapping.
  15. Waking up after a medical procedure
  16. Use these 5 words: airport, hard-to-find, fireman, gorgeous, dead.
  17. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
    1. Use the following five words: comrade, mighty, morsel, crawling, expansion.
    2. Write about making an introduction.
    3. Use the phrase, “preaching to the choir.”
  18. Use this line of dialogue: “Try getting more sleep.”
  19. Use the phrase “This is not what it looks like.”
  20. Include a character drowning in alcohol, snack food, and regret.
  21. How to spend the longest night of the year.
  22. Use these 5 words: racial, seal, labored, frame, selective.
  23. Write about beginning a long retreat in solitude.
  24. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.
  25. Write about something awesomely wonderful.
  26. Use this line: “You have to be grown up & responsible. You have to.”
  27. “On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”
  28. Include a character who is desperately trying.
  29. Waiting for breakfast to be served.
  30. Use this line: “A donation has been made in your name to the Human Fund.”
  31. Get today’s prompts on Twitter.