Monday, December 20, 2010

Write about your first time; the first time you kissed someone or fell in love or rented your own apartment or were in a car accident or applied for a job or recognized a lie or did the laundry yourself, etc.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Who's your favorite villain? Lex Luther? The Joker? Captain Hook? The Sheriff of Nottingham? The Big Bad Wolf? The Wicked Witch of the West? Choose one and write a short story from his/her perspective.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What's your favorite holiday? Your favorite holiday tradition? Your most memorable holiday celebration?

Monday, November 22, 2010

What's your biggest pet peeve? Write about that. Write about someone who does it, someone who hates it, or what the world would be like without it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have you ever known anyone who gets into everything and makes a mess everywhere? What happens when your character gets into something he/she shouldn't?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Today write about yourself. Write a poem. Write a sentence. Write a story. Make something up. Tell something true. But make it about you.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What was your favorite toy or stuffed animal when you were younger? Write a story about it. It can take place in your world or theirs.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What is your favorite thing to eat? Why is it your favorite? What does it taste like, look like, feel like? Describe it to someone who has never eaten it before.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What can you do in twenty-five words?

I'm stealing this idea from The New Yorker's Book Bench (who got it from a book called HINT: FICTION edited by Robert Swartwood). Although, it can hardly be stealing if I both credit them and post a link, right? Visit the site for some examples if you want.

Also, I want to mention how much I appreciate that the book is "an anthology of stories in 25 words or fewer" (not less) and how much I love the last name Swartwood.

Have fun!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What does your name mean? Does the meaning describe you well? Pick a name with a strong definition and write about a character who either fits that meaning or is the opposite of it.

Alexander - Defender of Man
Cameron - Crooked Nose
Ronald - King's Advisor

For more names visit

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Take a poem you’ve written and turn it into a story or turn a story into a poem. Use a non-fiction piece as inspiration for a fictional story or find truth in a piece of fiction and write about that. Turn your novel into a song or your autobiography into a play. Cross your genres today and see what happens.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Create a character who's easy to love and one who's easy to hate. Let them interact with each other.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Create a character that has an unusual phobia. Write a scene that causes that character to face his fear.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Come up with a new holiday. Explain why and how it should be celebrated.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Choose your favorite book. Then, write a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of a minor character.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Write about the one who got away--and regretted it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Write about stinginess disguised as generosity.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Write a piece – fiction or nonfiction, poetry, or script – in which three objects exist at the beginning and only one at the end.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" - Abraham Lincoln.

Write about two enemies who become friends or two friends who become enemies.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Write a haiku (first line 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables, third line 5 syllables)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Use the word 'book' in your poem or story today.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What's your favorite color? Describe it.
Write from the point of view of the last tree standing in the forest.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Finish one of the following conversations:

*On the count of three, pull as hard as you can.

*I should've told you this a long time ago.

*Trust me. . .

*Just What I've always wanted!

*He's been lying there for three days! How could you not notice?

*Before you start shouting, let me explain.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Use the word 'iron' in the piece you write today.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Imagine a coat.
Imagine the pocket of the coat.
Imagine what's in the pocket.