Monday, April 30, 2012

Describe a boring day. Don't let anything out of the ordinary happen. Can you still tell an interesting story?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Add a quirk to give your story more character; a limp, a stutter, a leak, etc.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? If you had unlimited wishes what would your 143rd wish be?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Write about the one that wouldn't go away--the person, problem, stray cat, etc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Make three factual statements (I.e. the sky is blue, water is wet, I am human, etc.). Now change one and keep going (I.e. The sky was red..., the water had dried up..., I was built by Simpson and Dunn Technologies in 2087..., etc.).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Give ears to the walls. Write from the point of view of something seemingly insignificant; a mosquito who's bitten your character, a knick knack on the coffee table, the toy that's never played with anymore, etc.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What would happen to a super hero whose weakness is stranger than kryptonite (i.e. carrots, polyester, coughing, heights, etc.)?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Write down ten nouns and put them in a hat or bowl. Then draw one and write about a character who has similar traits to whatever you've chosen.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Build a hands on poem using paper, not a computer. Cut out words or lines from the newspaper or magazines; use colored pencils, crayons, or markers to add a bit of color or represent emotions; or draw a picture with tiny hand-written words instead of solid lines.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Write about someone who doesn't speak English.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Write about someone who becomes physically lost and runs into someone who is metaphorically lost.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Write your story backwards; a tree that grows into a seed, an old man who grows young, a couple falling out of love, Columbus un-discovering the new world, etc.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What message is in the bottle that washes up on shore? An S.O.S.? A love letter? A treasure map? A dying man's confession?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Write one of your favorite memories in third person.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Turn on the radio. Write down the first lyrical line you hear and then turn it into a story.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Use your description of an object from Friday and your description of a person from Saturday and write a short story about the relationship between the two.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In fifteen minutes describe a person (real or imagined) in as much detail as possible.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pick an inanimate object and give yourself fifteen minutes to describe it in as much detail as possible.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Finish this story: "In the beginning Charlie had the purest of intentions."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Create a new species today! Need a little inspiration? How about a microscopic parasite, an invading alien, a talking lizard, or a beast strong enough to keep trolls and dragons in check? Get creative and think up your own and then write as much detail as you can about your new friend.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Think about your favorite book and write a short story about one of its characters that takes place before the book began or after it ended.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Go back (or forward) in time. If you write Victorian romance novels, try a futuristic comedy. If you write 21st century thrillers, set a drama in the stone ages. Or get really crazy and take a character back and forth.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Write about two people working together to achieve two very different things.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Green with envy, fight like cats and dogs, all dressed up with nowhere to go; pick an old cliche and cliche the heck out of it!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Could you describe a sound to someone who is deaf or a color to someone who is blind?

Write about someone who is in love with someone who does not feel the same way.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Your character has the wrong set of keys, but really needs to get in...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Today use the word "rose" or "leaves" in your writing. Did you use it as a noun or verb? Now use it the other way.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Make a list of every adjective you hear today (at home, at work, on television, on the radio, etc.). Then choose your favorite and use it to describe something that becomes the focus of a short story.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Use all five senses in your writing today. Having a hard time setting the scene? Try to recall the last time you were aware of a smell and/or taste and sart there.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Use the word "mount" in your writing today.