January 2022
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about promises kept only approximately.
  2. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: roll, green, pigeon, storage, fling.
    2. Use the phrase, “We appreciate…”
    3. Write about a favorite childhood toy.
  3. Write about a support person in a work group.
  4. Start with this line: My dad doesn’t approve of him.
  5. Write about a hospital stay
  6. Write about quitting a competition.
  7. Write about weather very different from today’s.
  8. Write about a big discovery.
  9. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: concrete, performer, soil, mild, father.
    2. Use the phrase, “with raisins in it.”
    3. Write about not knowing the day of the week.
  10. Start your story in a science lab.
  11. Write about a wrong-number phone call.
  12. Use these five words: bullied, farm, diverse, born, hell
  13. Write about a big round-number birthday.
  14. Write about a maverick.
  15. Write about a welcome-home from a pet.
  16. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: punish, sausage, range, grace, network.
    2. Use the phrase, “What is it thinking?”
    3. Write about a hurry-up-and-wait situation.
  17. Write about a chosen family relationship.
  18. Use these five words: inferiority, grisly, icons, raven, references
  19. Write about working toward a dream.
  20. Start your story in a dystopia.
  21. Write about learning to do something complicated.
  22. Write about a frightening question.
  23. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: merchant, hall, goalkeeper, depart, slippery.
    2. Use the phrase, “supposedly ancient.”
    3. Write about the final issue of a magazine.
  24. Write about a red flag.
  25. Write about deciding not to buy something that’s wanted.
  26. Start your story at a protest of old-growth logging.
  27. Write a shaggy-dog story.
  28. Start your story on a Sunday afternoon.
  29. Write about an unsung hero.
  30. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: harvest, bulletin, gutter, braid, acute.
    2. Use the phrase, “everyone I don’t like.”
    3. Write about an odd posture or position.
  31. Write about malfunctioning equipment.

December 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write in a dialect not your own.
  2. Set your story in a medical research laboratory
  3. Write about a book club.
  4. Start with this line: We will fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
  5. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: confession, pony, welcome, distant, elect.
    2. Use the phrase, “Is that the beer talking?”
    3. Write about walking away from something familiar.
  6. Write about a violation of policy
  7. Write about being at sea in a storm.
  8. Write about a betrayal
  9. Write about the Little People.
  10. Start with this line: She’s jealous of people who live in California.
  11. Write about waiting for the mail to come.
  12. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: detector, variety, directory, light, corn.
    2. Use the phrase, “justify the expense.”
    3. Write about an expected surprise.
  13. Write about using an old calendar.
  14. Write about a video conference call incident
  15. Write about waiting in the cold.
  16. Start with this line: I may not have all of the facts but…
  17. Use the phrase, “What I should have done.”
  18. Write about baking a pie
  19. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: district, cottage, relation, steel, genuine.
    2. Fill in the blank, “Cheap _____ is not worth the money.”
    3. Write about intentionally violating rules.
  20. Write about a meteor shower
  21. Write about something that can only happen on the solstice.
  22. Write about an artist’s process
  23. Write about a small child jumping up and down.
  24. Use these five words: veterans, additional, range, gamble, dynamic
  25. Write about staying up after midnight.
  26. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: death, parade, time, potential, public.
    2. Use the phrase, “Can you hear it?”
    3. Write about doing something other people thought impossible.
  27. Write about turning down dessert.
  28. Use these five words: perfectionism, unworthy, Emmy, B-roll, aesthetic
  29. Write about trying to resume after interruption.
  30. Start with this line: We are raffling off two tickets.
  31. Summarize last year’s writing. What can you do differently next year?

November 2021
Daily Writing Prompts

A Pen In Each Hand

  1. Write about waiting for the first winter storm.
  2. Start with this line: Stop crying!
  3. Write about an old stuffed animal toy.
  4. Use these five words: charmed, soldier, fishing, realist, beach
  5. Write about struggling with a computer.
  6. Use these five words: weekend, marches, surprising, weather, park
  7. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: violation, understanding, quaint, husband, pole.
    2. Use the phrase, “I need help.”
    3. Write about losing an important item.
  8. Start with this line: The tsunami has been upgraded.
  9. Write about losing a shopping list.
  10. Start with this line: All the rats are leaving that sinking ship.
  11. Write about the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
  12. Start with this line: You dance like my mom.
  13. Write about looking through smudged glasses.
  14. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: benefit, treatment, embark, helmet, litigation.
    2. Use the phrase, “That’s not part of the celebration.”
    3. Write about things we no longer wear.
  15. Write about a mountain in the mist.
  16. Start with this line: The odds are stacked against us.
  17. Write about missing a quota.
  18. Start with this line: Well, that didn’t age well.
  19. Write about a dangerous intersection.
  20. Start with this line: I really want you to win.
  21. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: bike, meet, pill, gradient, manage.
    2. Use the phrase, “The world seems smaller.”
    3. Write about photographing a landscape.
  22. Use these five words: midnight, exposure, nothing, cheat, air
  23. Write about losing touch with a friend.
  24. Start with this line: I just wanted to say thank you for…
  25. Write about celebrating the wrong holiday.
  26. Use these five words: clinical, halt, unconscionable, debate, disrupting
  27. Write about a houseplant blooming.
  28. Join us for a live Writing Chat every Sunday!
    1. Use the following five words: suspicion, admission, detective, joke, inspire.
    2. Use the phrase, “book of inspirational quotes.”
    3. Write about wrestling with technology.
  29. Set your story at a rehearsal.
  30. Use these five words: envoy, partners, affordability, heart, digital

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