Sunday, December 22, 2013

Why is there no furniture in this house?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Write about a stowaway on any mode of transportation.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Write about the mouse, the watermelon, and the typewriter.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How have your character's friends changed since he/she started changing?

Monday, December 16, 2013

If your protagonist were to change bodies with someone else, how would it change his perspective?

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Who is on the other end of the phone at 2:00 a.m.?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What rituals or traditions does your character recognize?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Write a recipe which your character will have to make. It can contain anything from flour and chocolate chips to toad's wart and lizard tears.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tell a story starting at the end and working your way back to the beginning.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Write about the things you hate doing.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make an offer that gets refused.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

When your character loses connections to the people who are most important to him/her, how will he/she handle it?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Look out the nearest window and write about the first sign of life that you see.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What if your character were to accomplish something that means a lot to him but nobody else noticed?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give your character a useless item and then let him find a use for it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

What happens when your character meets someone who speaks a different language?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What is the tiniest thing in the room? What part does it play in the story?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Write about the plant, animal, or person that died.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Write about two people who hate each other but need each other.

Monday, November 18, 2013

What's in the bowl? And what's in the glass?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Write about the thing which is broken.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How does your character relax after all the trials you put him through?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pick a scene from your favorite movie and write the scene without any dialogue. What's the mood like? What are the characters thinking?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Write about the lion, the leopard, and the lemon.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Include bananas, glue, and a Bible or other religious text in your story today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

What kinds of assumptions does your character make? Do they generally turn out to be true? Let your character make an assumption that isn't true.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How much of your story can you tell using pictures instead of words? Cut and paste or draw and color to map out the plot on paper.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Money doesn't grow on trees, but write about something growing on a tree which is neither a fruit nor a flower.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What did they pass on the side of the road?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Create a new character and tell his story in 250 words or fewer.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Write about the drug, drink, or meal that changes everything.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

What happened just before the crash? Or what happened just after?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Write about the tree, the garage, and the filing cabinet.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

How would attitudes and perceptions change if your character were to spend one day in someone else's body?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Get out your pencils, markers, crayons, or camera. Make a picture FIRST. Then write a story about it.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Modernize your favorite fable or fairy tale in three pages or less (fewer?).

Monday, September 16, 2013

Use the following in your story today:

A reference to a historical event
A worm
A movie title used to refer to something other than the movie.
A flight of stairs.

Friday, August 30, 2013

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”
-Harper Lee

Where is your discontentment today?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Help your character get a message across without actually saying what he needs to say. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Describe the contract he/she was asked to sign. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Write about something impossible--a character who is incapable of doing what he/she most wants to do.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Write about the one who came home.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Write a character introduction for yourself.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Write about the most mundane activity you have to do today. Make it interesting. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Write a love song that approaches love from an unusual angle.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Use each of the following in your story:

A train
Ice cream
Playing cards

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What is the biggest catastrophe you can create for your character right now? Create it.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Describe two characters who are complete opposites. They don't have to interact. Just write about them.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Write about someone who changes his mind about something about which he never thought he'd change his mind.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Write about an irrational phobia--yours or your character's.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Write about something the cat drags in, the tide washes in, or the wind blows by.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"My name is _____, but they call me _____ because _____."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"They lied to me about everything."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Choose three or four books from your bookshelf and a number between 1 and 200. Now flip to that page in each of the books and read a couple pages. Start writing and don't stop for fifteen minutes!

Monday, July 15, 2013

What advice would your hero or heroine give to someone else?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Write about two unlikely friends.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Give your character an item (machine, talisman, tool, etc.) that changes everything.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fulfill a prophecy, whether it's "Thus sayeth the Lord," or, "I bet he..."

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rewrite one of your favorite scenes after changing the age of your main character by at least 30 years. How does this change his motivation and his fears? 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Write about your favorite song. Dissect the lyrics. Describe the changes in mood as the song progresses. Explain the sounds of the instruments and voices.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Visit a public place where you can overhear other people's conversations. Write down the most interesting things you hear and then make your own conversations of them.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"It was a ________ and ________ night."

Monday, June 3, 2013

"If only he had remembered to _____________."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"She left a trail of ________ in her wake."

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Touch something in your house--your carpet, a wall, a blanket, whatever--and then describe how it feels. Don't use the formula, "The X is X," but be as descriptive as you can.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Open a window, close your eyes, and write about the sounds outside.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Write about someone who does not literally have super powers, but may as well have--someone who is not literally invisible, who cannot literally fly, etc.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Write a new ending for your favorite movie that begins with the main character making a different decision in the last 20 minutes of the film.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Write about the smallest part of the whole.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Open your fridge and write about something or everything inside.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Write a conversation in which every line of dialogue is important to the participants.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Choose one item in the room and brainstorm a list of words you can associate with it. Then write a story using as many of those words as possible.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Change the gender of your main character and then write a scene where he/she is in the same predicament.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What was the most pivotal decision of your life? Change it and write about the consequences.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Choose three photos of yourself, family members, friends, etc. and write a story that explains how the character in the photos went from one situation to the next, to the next.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Write about your perfect day and then make something go terribly wrong.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Write about someone who makes a commitment he's not ready for.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Write about an exclusive club or organization that's hard to break into.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Invent something new (no matter how impracticl or impossible) and explain how it changes the world your characters live in.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Write out at least six directions you DON'T want the plot to go from here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Write about a gift from a family member that is more of a burden than a blessing.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Write about something that is hidden in plain sight.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Write about the first thing you see that is red.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Write down the conversation you wish you could have with someone

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Let your character get there too late.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Write about the adventures you would have if you somehow found yourself in the middle of a cartoon.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Write about someone who hoards something.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Write six random (unrelated) sentences (or pull them from books or newspapers) and then put them in a hat or bowl. Set a timer for five minutes, draw one, and start writing. Every five minutes, when the timer goes off, draw a new sentence and work it into your story.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Write about the best day of your life.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Give your character a responsibility he/she wasn't ready for.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Write about someone who has just failed at something important (missed a field goal, failed a test, botched a job interview, etc.).

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What do they find in the secret tunnel, secret room, or secret drawer?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Introduce a new character whom everyone else is inexplicably fascinated by.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Write about two people who are unaware that they are competing against each other.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Find a newspaper or magazine article that interests you and write a short story from the perspective of someone mentioned in the article, or the person who discovered the information you're reading.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Click the "I'm feeling lucky" button at and write about whatever comes up.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Write a short story which incorporates a rodent, a balloon, and a strange plant.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Touch something you don't usually touch and then describe it as vividly as possible. Read what you've written to a friend and see if he/she can guess what it was on the first guess. (Put your hands into a a bowl of dry beans, cold noodles, cotton, dish soap, etc.)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Write about the strangest food you've ever eaten. If you've never eaten anything strange, make something up. Explain what it's made of and for what occasions it might be enjoyed.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Come up with ten ways to twist your plot (a car accident, a fire, a breakup, winning the lottery, meeting a stranger, etc.) and put them into a hat. Now pull them out one by one and incorporate them all into your story.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Learn to do something new--a new sport, a new craft, a new song, a new language. Then write about it.

Or write about something you'd like to learn.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Who's speaking? What's he saying? Will it change anyone's mind?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tell a story about atypical friends: a dog and a cat, a lion and a lamb, a hero and a villain.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Build a scene in an unusual place (a cave, under water, space, inside someone else's body, etc.).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

You find a piece of paper with nothing but a phone number on it. What happens when you call that number?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Write about the worst thing that happened to you this week from your perspective. Now write it again from the perspective of someone else who was involved.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Restrict your character: tie his hands, lock him up, ground him, etc. Now see what decisions he will make.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Deceive your character. How bad could it be?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Give your character a pet, or something else to take care of, and see if it changes anything.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Write about someone who is forced to do something he/she doesn't want to.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Write a new riddle or joke and then work it into a story.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Describe the strangest creature you can imagine or describe a usual creature in an unusual way.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What's the most important thing your character forgot today?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Besides trouble, what does your character find in the dark alley?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Deliver a profound message to your character from an unexpected place.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bring two characters from different cultures together and let each of them have something the other needs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Write a story about the letter, the piano, and the garage door opener.