Saturday, November 26, 2011

You'll need a writing buddy for this one:

Make a list of ten nouns, ten verbs, ten adjectives, and ten names. Now separate the words and put them into a cup (or four different cups if you want to keep the categories separated). Now draw four words (or one from each cup), set a timer for ten minutes, and write until the timer goes off. Make sure to include your words!

When the time's up, switch stories with your writing buddy, reset the timer, and add onto his story until it goes off again.

Can't find a writing partner? Set the timer for five minutes instead of ten. When it goes off, draw a new word, work it into your story, and keep going!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Open a random book to a random page. Now find your favorite sentence on that page and write a short story starting with that line.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pick a number between 1 and 129.

Now go to this page:
Find the stranger that matches that number.

Describe that person or write a short story about him or her.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Need help with your metaphors, similes and analogies? Write down a bunch of nouns and put them in a hat. Now draw out two and come up with ways they're alike.
"John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met."

"The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t."

"He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree."

"The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while."

Can you come up with any metaphors, similes, or analogies better than these? Write as many as you can in five minutes, then take your favorite and expand on it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What does your character do in his/her spare time? When not fighting dragons or chasing down criminals or stressing over a big test does your character play an instrument, watch tv, garden?

Monday, June 6, 2011

What was your character’s childhood like? Write a couple stories about “way back when”. If your character is still relatively young, think about what his or her life will be like in fifty years and write about that.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Write a short story where the hero is very heroic, the villain is very villainous, and the damsel in distress is very distressed. Don’t be afraid to tie her to the train tracks as you exaggerate the clich├ęs of each of your characters in classic melodrama style.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Find a picture of someone you don't know and make up a story about them; a biography or a scene or a eulogy. Use facebook or google to help you find a picture if you want.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do any of your characters have pets? Write about a pet you had when you were younger or the pet you wished you had when you were young.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Start your story with this line: Alice tried to remember who had given her the key.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Today use the word barrel in your story.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Use as many of the following as you can in a single story:

an aggressive panhandler
four sealed boxes
poison ivy
a stranger at the door

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Write a sentence, a paragraph, or a story using as much aliteration as you can!

Friday, February 11, 2011

What is your character's favorite song? Why does he/she like it? Describe an experience your character had while listening to it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Write about yourself from someone else's view. How do you think your mother sees you? Your father? Your high school teachers? Your best friend from elementary school? Your boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife? Your dog? God? Your mail carrier? Your boss? Your ex? Your child?

Write about yourself from more than one perspective. Do they all see the same version of you?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Do you know when your character's birthday is? Did anything else interesting happen on that day? In that year? Do you know your character's astrological sign? Choose a date and see if anything unusual happened. Then write about how those events may or may not have affected your character.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Go to and use the last three or four words from one of the quotes as the title/inspiration for your next poem or short story.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Choose a strange dream you've had recently or repeatedly and craft a story around it. If you don't remember your own dreams, ask a friend for one or browse an online dream interpreter for inspiration.