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Writers’ Dash: July 2015

Morning Dash

1. Immortal 2. Sway 3. Museum 4. Queue 5. Electrify
6. Lipstick 7. Odd socks 8. Braid 9. Pig’s ear 10. Foist
11. Carnage 12. Sneeze 13. Limb 14. Moribund 15. Daylight robbery
16. Junket 17. Catawampus 18. Telephone 19. Torrefy 20. Empire
21. Birdsong 22. Dust 23. Ship of fools 24. Bete noir 25.  Pipe dream
26.  Doodle 27. Hound dog 28.  Blink 29.  Park bench 30.  Nosebleed
 31. Mercy

Evening Dash

1. Peel 2. Steep 3. Murderous 4. Text 5. Tryst
6. Shotgun 7. Element 8. Stagecoach 9. Quiver 10. Invisible
11. Harbinger of Doom 12. False Gods 13. Shell fire 14. Laugh 15. Storm in a teacup
16. Jugular 17. Terminal 18.  Crystal clear 19. Dragonfly 20. Gone
21. Bite-size 22. Zoo 23. Wedge 24.  Spearmint 25.  Cross
26.  Tool 27.  Peace 28.  Dial tone 29.  Secret Government 30.  Combustion
 31. Pellet

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Writers’ Dash: June 2015

Morning Dash

1. Device 2. Evacuation 3. Blasphemy 4. Industrious 5. Crass
6. Untouchable 7. Jiggery-pokery 8. Eternize 9. Germinate 10. Neutral
11. Cogwheel 12. Blench 13. Bury 14. Rubberneck 15. Broken mirror
16. Falter 17. Seasick 18. Grasping 19. Layer 20. Hollow hills
21. Visionary 22. Smear 23. Slit 24. Impulse 25.  Hull
26.  Pang 27. Stammer 28.  Delirious 29.  End times 30.  Canopy
 31.

Evening Dash

1. Moonbow 2. Hidebound 3. Derring-do 4. Butterflies 5. Displace
6. Crusade 7. Territorial 8. Fugitive 9. Gypsy 10. Fiery
11. Brush 12. Angle 13. Corrupted 14. Crown 15. Ashen
16. Wax and wane 17. Rigged 18.  Aged 19. Plutonium 20. Abyssal
21. Meridian 22. Swamp 23. Channel 24.  Rotation 25.  Scope
26.  Hammer 27.  Taxing 28.  Partial 29.  Curve 30.  Symbolic
 31.

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Writers’ Dash: May 2015

Morning Dash

1. Microbe 2. Jargon 3. Murky 4. Prediction 5. Breach
6. Anti-utopia 7. Abolish 8. Synthetic 9. Undercurrent 10. Jumble
11. Monstrous 12. Fireball 13. Trap 14. Unmanned 15. Planetoid
16. Black hole 17. Fun house 18. Ticket 19. Chatoyant 20. Blister
21. Reverse 22. Asphalt 23. Rescue 24. Boulevard 25.  Bubble
26.  Zoris 27. Tunnel 28.  Orbit 29.  Sear 30.  House of mirrors
 31.  Cardigan

Evening Dash

1. Alley 2. Chase 3. Horrors 4. Lavender 5. Transmission
6. Poison gas 7. Artery 8. Rival 9. Atticism 10. Rags
11. Mal de mer 12. Beamish 13. Switcheroo 14. Caste 15. Komorebi
16. Filter 17. Tectonic 18.  Hoop 19. Euphonium 20. Craven
21. Launch 22. Talking heads 23. Faun 24.  Broken 25.  Leper
26.  Clench 27.  Inutile 28.  Paramnesia 29.  Panic 30.  Slash
 31.  Vapors

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Writers’ Dash: April 2015

Morning Dash

1. Angular 2. Alter ego 3. Brocade 4. Corpse 5. Harlequin
6. Identity 7. In situ 8. Migrant 9. Mood 10. Cold War
11. Canvas 12. Parody 13. Plastic Art 14. Relic 15. Satire
16. Sculpt 17. Tension 18. Happening 19. Exposure 20. Tenement
21. Strobe 22. Vignette 23. Zoetrope 24. Urban 25.  Tint
26.  Underground Railroad 27. Gesture 28.  Curator 29.  Polar desert 30.  Pigment
 31.   ———-

Evening Dash

1. Acrobat 2. Blend 3. Delicate 4. Clockwise 5. Glide
6. Imitation 7. Prairie 8. Light 9. Primitive 10. Rise
11. Swirl 12. Motif 13. Leap 14. Whimsy 15. Troupe
16. Troika 17. Zydeco 18.  Slough 19. Lacustrine 20. Corsair
21. Tide pool 22. Novice 23. Scurvy 24.  Jetsam 25.  Outcast
26.  Cleats 27.  Screw 28.  Kelp 29.  Fen 30.  Pas de deux
 31.  ———-

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Writers’ Dash: March 2015

Morning Dash

1. Conflate 2. Brood 3. Cynosure 4. Forensic 5. Leech
6. Azure 7. Time 8. Pop 9. Velvet 10. Pirouette
11. Chrysalis 12. Glove 13. Grimace 14. Watching 15. Rancid
16. Shrill 17. Anemone 18. Augur 19. Thaumaturge 20. Blast
21. Crater 22. Frozen 23. Peel 24. Faint 25.  Eiderdown
26.  Tin can 27. Dust 28.  Pigsney 29.  Lie 30.  Demesne
31.  Crestfallen

Evening Dash

1. Peacock 2. Railbird 3. Catchpenny 4. Pebble 5. Jade
6. Seashell 7. Dowie 8. Tiffin 9. Galoot 10. Tooth
11. History 12. Laugh 13. Dapper 14. Footloose 15. Gobble
16. Boogie 17. Turquoise 18.  Desideratum 19. Science 20. Brain
21. Flutter 22. Virginal 23. Trace 24.  Juice 25.  Plug
26.  Doggo 27.  Abandon 28.  Road trip 29.  Urge 30.  Glaze
31.  DNA

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500 Word Snatch Prompts (2014 Archive)

  1. Your protagonist finds a mysterious box in the attic.
  2. One of your characters catches a strange virus and has to be hospitalized.
  3. It snows heavily and your character’s pet goes missing.
  4. Your protagonist spends an afternoon at the local cemetery wandering around the old gravestones.
  5. Your protagonist meets up with an old school friend.
  6. Your protagonist can’t find his/her car keys and is subsequently late for work.
  7. Your protagonist finds an old love letter addressed to his/her significant other.
  8. 5 years ago, your protagonist’s partner stepped out to buy a packet of cigarettes, but he never returned.
  9. Your protagonist arrives home to find his front door lying open…
  10. After the funeral she placed her brother’s ashes on a shelf, but a draft from an open door knocked the urn to the ground where it is smashed.
  11. Your protagonist hears a woman screaming outside his/her window at 4am.
  12. Your protagonist witnesses a disability hate crime. What does he/she do?
  13. Your protagonist decides to take up Latin dancing…
  14. One of your characters takes an intoxicated woman he hardly knows on a midnight boat ride. Disaster strikes.
  15. One of your characters is a kleptomaniac.
  16. Your protagonist takes a much needed break at a secluded mountain cabin. The generator breaks during the first night.
  17. Your main character suspects he is being poisoned.
  18. Your protagonist spots his/her significant other in the arms of another. What does he/she do?
  19. Someone is following your character…
  20. One of your characters finds a baby basket on his doorstep as he steps out to take the dog for a walk.
  21. One of your characters dies in a road traffic accident.
  22. Digging in your garden you find a human skull.
  23. And you thought faeries didn’t exist…
  24. Your protagonist has been arrested for something he didn’t do, yet someone has evidence that suggests he committed the crime.
  25. It’s 2459 and we are controlled by machines…
  26. They said their goodbyes, held on to each other and waited for the asteroid to hit…
  27. Your protagonist wakes up with a start and finds the house engulfed in smoke.
  28. The man put his hands around your throat and said in a whisper. “tonight you die….”
  29. On waking you find a strange man in the bed next to you. More disconcerting, however, is the fact you have no idea who you are….
  30. She was half asleep when she looked in the mirror, but she could have sworn her reflection’s movements were slower than hers.
  31. Your protagonist rescues a deer stuck on a frozen lake.
  32. The forest seemed to become more sinister with every passing minute…
  33. After the soldiers came…
  34. They sat together and watched the sun rise over the hill…
  35. After the hunt they feasted.
  36. Your protagonist arrives home to find his house has been burgled.
  37. If you had three wishes what would they be?
  38. He was short in stature, but he could pack a punch.
  39. Who’s been sitting in my chair?
  40. She had to kiss many frogs before she found her prince.
  41. Where am I?
  42. The car engine stalled on the tracks just as he heard the train approaching.
  43. He heard a loud crack as the lightning struck the tree.
  44. Your protagonist is an agoraphobic. How does he deal with an intruder in his home?
  45. It seemed the eyes in the painting followed him wherever he walked.
  46. There were no survivors. An empty silence filled the streets.
  47. He entered the time machine and set it to the year…
  48. Interview your protagonist and use the answers to grow your story.
  49. Just as she was about to fall asleep she heard a small voice in her left ear… but the room was empty.
  50. Your protagonist meets a mysterious tramp who seems to have the answer…
  51. He was surprised to find a door at the bottom of the tree trunk.
  52. He twisted her arm behind her back and held the knife to her throat.
  53. The explosion shook the foundations of the tiny chapel.
  54. As the clock struck midnight two tiny eyes appeared at the doll’s house window.
  55. The old woman was not amused.
  56. She had a voice that could cut glass.
  57. Your protagonist gets into a bar room fight.
  58. It was almost as if he could read her mind.
  59. Your protagonist gets drunk and reveals a secret.
  60. Your protagonist rescues a kitten from a drain.
  61. As he looked at his reflection in the shop window he noticed the same man trailing behind him.
  62. Lying on my back I look up at the clouds and watch them form shapes and spread across the sky –  I see her face in every cloud…
  63. The old man sat on the same seat, in the same diner, at the same time, every day. This was where he had first met Dolores.
  64. He spent the morning planning the romantic getaway, making sure everything would be perfect for her. His wife didn’t suspect a thing.
  65. She opened her eyes slowly and tried to sit up but a large padded object prevented her from moving. It was pitch black and deathly silent. She could smell earth, damp earth…
  66. Your protagonist tells a lie and is caught out by his boss.
  67. She feels another sudden pain in her abdomen, this time more powerful than the previous episodes. How is she going to explain this to everyone? Within a few hours she is going to be holding a newborn, and no one – including her – had a clue.
  68. He held her paw until the very end and sat with her for hours after she’d passed.
  69. Two old friends meet. It has been years since they last saw one another. One is secretly in love. Do they reveal the secret?
  70. Your protagonist’s coworker is envious of his success. He begins to plan his demise. How does he carry it out?
  71. A minor character in your story is prematurely declared dead and is lying in the city morgue. What happens next?
  72. You’ve been given an invisibility cloak for a day. How will you spend your day?
  73. Write a full character profile for all your main characters.
  74. Write a short prelude to your novel.
  75. Your plane crashes into a frozen wasteland. There are few survivors.
  76. During an hypnosis session you discover you were once a Native American living in Alaska in the 1700s. Describe your daily life.
  77. You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. How do you survive?
  78. Your protagonist meets a mysterious stranger but feels they’ve met somewhere before.
  79. One of your characters has a special gift. What is it and does he use it for good or bad?
  80. Take to Google and find pictures for all your main characters. Use these to help you develop their profiles.
  81. Your protagonist discovers a body while taking a walk along the beach.
  82. One of your characters gets lost on a two-day trek and nearly dies.
  83. Interview your main characters to gain a greater understanding of their motives.
  84. One of your characters gets stopped by the police and a violent struggle ensues…
  85. Your main character watches the sunset with an old love. What happens next?
  86. Consider creating a playlist for your novel.
  87. Your protagonist is involved in a serious road accident.
  88. You wake up in a strange room. What happens next?
  89. Your protagonist breaks his leg during a 2-day mountaineering expedition. How does he survive the ordeal?
  90. Your character dives for pearls and finds a mysterious object instead.
  91. Searching the local Hall of Records your protagonist finds something mysterious about an old relation. What is it?
  92. One of your characters gets stung by a bee and ends up in hospital.
  93. Ask a friend to interview you about your protagonist. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn.
  94. Your protagonist’s dog digs up an old gold locket in the garden. Your character is shocked when he opens it up. Why?
  95. You’re awoken suddenly by the sound of fingernails scraping across the window.
  96. Your protagonist discovers he has a twin.
  97. Your character suspects someone has been tampering with his brakes…
  98. How well do you know your characters? Draw up a brief character profile for each of your main characters. Use bullet points and be succinct.
  99. What does your character really want?
  100. Who does your character most admire?
  101. Does your character show growth throughout your story? How?
  102. The victim reveals the answer on the mortuary slab when he opens his mouth to speak….
  103. In the garden it was night-dark and yet it was only early afternoon.
  104. Her hand shook as she hit redial.
  105. She woke up and sighed sadly… it was just a dream.
  106. She heard quiet breathing behind her and realized she was not alone.
  107. He looked at the tubes and wires and cried silently. How was this fair?
  108. He ducked just in time as the china plate sailed past him and hit the wall.
  109. If you had the power to stop time, what would you do?
  110. Notebooks are an important part of the writer’s tool kit. Spend some time picking out the best one for you, then write down your goals for the coming month.
  111. Use the following words in a 15 minute Writer’s Dash: smuggler, sea, death
  112. You wake up and realise you have somehow lost 5 years of your life and remember nothing. What happens next?
  113. Your protagonist gets lost in an ancient forest and meets the most unusual creature. What is it?
  114. The old clock stopped at the exact moment of…
  115. Someone who died 2 years ago passes you in a car. What do you do next?
  116. Your protagonist finds himself in a potentially dangerous situation. How does he manage to escape?
  117. Visit a local cafe and observe; write a character sketch on two people.
  118. Use the following words in a 15 minute Writer’s Dash: cobbler, debt, prison
  119. If you had your own time machine, where and when would you go?
  120. Think back to when you were aged 5, 10, 15 and 20. Write down the word that most described you at each age. Now, write the opposite word for each description. Use these words to make two character sketches for a future work.
  121. Look out of your window and describe what you see; imagine the sounds and smells and how things might feel to touch. Use this paragraph as the basis for a short story.
  122. Open up a drawer and take out the first three items you touch. Write a short story or poem using these three items.
  123. Your protagonist spends a week in an old mansion. He discovers some fascinating secrets.
  124. Your character believes he is the reincarnation of…
  125. Use the following words in a 15 minute Writer’s Dash: river, flood, rescue
  126. Your protagonist has to make a tough decision.
  127. Your protagonist gets arrested. Did he do it?
  128. Valley of the Kings (1922): curse, poison, death, revenge
  129. Use the following words in a 30 minute Writer’s Dash: beach, battle, sacrifice
  130. Look out of your window and list the first 5 things you see. Use these words as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  131. Your character has a special power. What is it?
  132. Use the following words in a 15 minute Writer’s Dash: umbrella, fly, rescue
  133. Your protagonist bumps into an old school friend at a wedding.
  134. Your protagonist collapses at work and is rushed to hospital.
  135. Whitechapel (1888):  stalk, terror, love
  136. Use the following words in a 30 minute Writer’s Dash: vampire, dance, enchant
  137. Place, Person, Object: A chapel in Las Vegas, a police officer, a 17th Century Bible
  138. Use this line of dialogue: “But I’m allergic to peanuts…”
  139. Use the following in your story: a black stallion, a bucket with a hole in it and a diamond ring
  140. A character in your story escapes from a maximum security prison and hides in an old, rundown theatre.
  141. A shy wallflower becomes a prima ballerina and overcomes her greatest fear.
  142. Use the following in your story: a suitcase, a locket and a prison cell
  143. Use the following in your story: an android, an iceberg and a geisha
  144. Place, Person, Object: A cabin near the Swiss Alps, a newborn, a silver thimble
  145. Use this line of dialogue in your story: “You have two cracked ribs, whiplash and a slight concussion. Guess you’ll be avoiding the carousel in future.”
  146. Use the following in your story: a blind donkey, a scarecrow and a rubber duck
  147. The eyeless doll was found hanging from the rafters.
  148. Write a story using the following title – ‘Madam Buckeye and the Kleptomaniac Robot’
  149. Siclit Fiction Prod – Place: Mars, Year: 3560 – trail, magnificent, brutally, alien
  150. Piclit: Use this picture to inspire a short story or poem.
  151. Place, Person, Object: A coffin in Transylvania, a publican, a red rose
  152. Scully knew that if he didn’t use the stake now, he wouldn’t get the chance again.
  153. Use the following in your story: a yellow cab, a stray dog and an umbrella
  154. Use the following dialogue in your story: “I’m going to make your life a living hell.”
  155. Write a story using the following title – ‘It Never Rains but it Pours’
  156. Use the following words to help inspire a short story or poem: brood, dulcet, ripple, vestigial
  157. Use the following words to help inspire a short story or poem: bucolic, dalliance, pastiche
  158. Place, Person, Object: The Titanic, a musician, a love letter
  159. “If anything happens to me, I want you to be the one to tell her…”
  160. Use the following in your story: a red telephone box, an aging clown and a broken watch
  161. Use the following dialogue in your story: “You’re in the army now.”
  162. Write a story using the following title – ‘A Beautiful Thing is Never Perfect’
  163. Place, Person, Object: A gondola. a widow, a handgun
  164. Use the following words to help inspire a short story or poem: mondegreen, murmurous, halcyon
  165. Place, Person, Object: A castle, a fool, a spinning wheel
  166. “Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
  167. Use the following in your story: a watering can, a skull and a broken promise
  168. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Happiness is upgraded when shared.”
  169. Write a story using the following title: ‘Giving Up the Ghost’
  170. Place, Person, Object: a forest, a liar, a broken wheelbarrow
  171. Place, Person, Object: a circus, a clown, a cracked mirror
  172. Place, Person, Object: A crypt, a thief, a silver dagger
  173. “Close your eyes and hold your breath, it will be all over in a minute.”
  174. Use the following in your story: a train track, a child’s toy, a watcher in the woods
  175. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Where were you at the time of Mrs. Armitage’s death?”
  176. Write a story with the following title: ‘ Dead Men Tell No Tales’
  177. Siclit Fiction Prod – Tolpuddle,1834:  revolt, condemned, swiftly, martyr
  178. Piclit: Use the following picture to inspire a short story or poem.
  179. Place, Person, Object: Utopia, a scientist, a probe
  180. “Be the architect of your own future.”
  181. Use the following in your story: a force field, a steam-powered bicycle, a monocle
  182. Use the following dialogue in your story: “If you desire revenge, dig two graves”
  183. Write a story with the following title: ‘ A Short Madness’
  184. Place, Person, Object: a garden, a detective, a human foot
  185. Use the following line in your story: “Every garden will have some weeds.”
  186. Use the following in your story: an old unexploded bomb, a pitch fork, an army of gardeners
  187. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Every ass loves to hear himself bray”
  188. Write a story with the following title: ‘ The Calm Before the Storm’
  189. Place, Person, Object: an underwater cavern, a thief, a treasure chest
  190. Use the following line in your story: “He found himself at the right place, but at the wrong time”
  191. Use the following in your story: a virus, a lone scientist, a school
  192. Use the following dialogue in your story: “If you lie down with the dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.”
  193. Write a story with the following title: ‘ No Sleep, No Dreams’
  194. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  195. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  196. Place, Person, Object: a circus, a priest, an empty crib
  197. Use the following line in your story: “Then bloom where you’re planted!”
  198. Use the following in your story: a decrepit London bus, a precocious child, a flash flood
  199. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Since you can’t get what you like, how about liking what you get?”
  200. Write a story with the following title: ‘ Curiosity Killed the Cat’
  201. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  202. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  203. Place, Person, Object: a graveyard, an orphan, a broken brooch
  204. Use the following line in your story: And so he sent a thief to catch the thief.
  205. Use the following in your story: a wagon, an old curmudgeon, and a tin whistle
  206. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Go ahead, keep climbing those molehills and continue in your life of mediocrity!”
  207. Write a story with the following title: Better Left Unsaid
  208. New York, 2189: escape, steaming, underground, shelter
  209. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  210. Place, Person, Object: a friary, a spy, a stolen rosary
  211. Use the following line in your story: “Is there something you want to tell me?”
  212. Use the following in your story: a model airplane, a love letter, an embarrassed father
  213. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  214. Place, Person, Object: a farm, a princess, a stolen kiss
  215. Use the following dialogue in your story: “I think the room is bugged!”
  216. Use the following in your story: a French chateau, a long-lost lover, an unexploded bomb
  217. Use the following line in your story: Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.
  218. Write a story using the following title: Never Say Never
  219. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  220. Memoir Prod: Describe a time when you intentionally hurt someone.
  221. Place, Person, Object: a corn field, a soldier, a rusty robot
  222. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Don’t jump!”
  223. Use the following in your story: a space station, a waif, a tin can
  224. Use the following line in your story: Don’t gild the lily.
  225. Memoir Prod: Describe your earliest memory.
  226. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  227. Your protagonist unearths a dark family secret.
  228. Place, Person, Object: an attic, a widow, an old doll
  229. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Man the pumps!”
  230. Use the following in your story: a rundown hotel, a sinister tenant, a missing key
  231. Use the following line in your story: Silence is sometimes the answer.
  232. Memoir Prod: Words should be weighed not counted.
  233. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  234. Siclit Fiction Prod: Planet Earth (4587): feast, tasteless, sickly, dome
  235. Place, Person, Object: a beach, a realtor, a crashed plane
  236. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Deeds are fruits; words are leaves.”
  237. Use the following in your story: a suburban yard, a grumpy neighbor, a cat that refuses to go home
  238. Use the following line in your story: The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living.
  239. Poetry Prod: Poetry moves heaven and earth.
  240. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  241. Siclit Fiction Prod: London Zoo (2014): escape, dangerous, boldly, teen
  242. Place, Person, Object: Caribbean, pirate, gold bullion
  243. Use the following line in your story: The devil dances in empty pockets.
  244. Use the following in your story: a gas mask, a starry night and a drunk fighter pilot
  245. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Don’t go looking for trouble…”
  246. Journaling Prod: What element of nature would you say best represents you as a writer?
  247. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further your WIP.
  248. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story, poem or to further you WIP.
  249. Place, Person, Object: fjord, Viking, oar
  250. Use the following line in your story: “Take what you need, then leave!”
  251. Use the following in your story: a toy gun, a clown, a dilapidated motel
  252. Use the following line in your story: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…”
  253. Journaling Prod: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
  254. Use the following words in your story: paraphernalia, dinosaur, rescue
  255. Use the following picture as inspiration for your short story, poem or WIP.
  256. Place, Person, Object: snow-covered valley, midwife, Wellington boots
  257. Use the following line in your story: “Some find it easier to fight for their principles than to live up to them.”
  258. Use the following in your story: an evil scarecrow, an amusement park ride, a bearded lady
  259. Use the following line in your story: “Ain’t no pot so crooked, you can’t find a lid to fit.”
  260. Journaling Prod: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  261. Use the following words in your story: desultory, murmurous, serendipity
  262. Place, Person, Object: cornfield, little green man, spaceship
  263. Use the following words in your story: death, ballerina, mausoleum, eerie, dance
  264. Journaling Prod: “Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.” Arthur Conan Doyle
  265. Use the following line in your story: “Even a sheet of paper has two sides.”
  266. Use the following words in your story: trance, ignis fatuus, missing time, Kelpie
  267. Place, Person, Object: forest, dryad, mushroom ring
  268. Use the following words in your story: “Whatever you do, don’t cut the red wire!”
  269. Journaling Prod: What would you change if you had the ability to travel through time?
  270. Use this famous line as inspiration for a short story or poem: “Do not be like the cat who wanted to fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.” William Shakespeare
  271. Use the following words in your story: fireworks, bitter, diary, unforeseen
  272. Place, Person, Object: cart, rag-and-bone-man, old mannequin
  273. Use the following words in your story: scarlet, ocean, purge
  274. Journaling Prod  What defines your worth?
  275. Use this famous line as inspiration for a short story or poem “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” Dr. Seuss
  276. Use the following words in your story: sanctum, dark forest, rebirth
  277. Use the following picture to inspire you.
  278. Place, Person, Object: A cave, a faun, gold ore
  279. Look out of your window and list the first 3 things you see. Use these words as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  280. Your character has a special power. What is it?
  281. Use the following words in a 15 minute writer’s dash: race, recumbent, rescue
  282. Your protagonist bumps into an old school enemy on the tube.
  283. Your protagonist collapses in the garden and is rushed to hospital.
  284. Use the following words in a 15 minute writer’s dash: stalk, terror, love
  285. Use the following picture for inspiration.
  286. Place, Person, Object: London, beggar, matchbox
  287. Your character has a recurring dream. Describe it. What does it mean?
  288. Use the following words in a 15 minute writer’s dash: seed, scatter, misery
  289. Use the following picture to inspire you.
  290. Use the following famous quote to inspire a short story or poem: “Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye…it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.” Edvard Munch
  291. Journaling Prod: If you were a musical instrument, what would you be and why?
  292. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Confession is good for the soul.”
  293. Go for a walk and get some fresh air.  Take a photograph and choose three things in the picture as inspiration for a story.
  294. Your character is forced to tell a lie. What are the consequences?
  295. Use the following words in a 15 minute writer’s dash: lagoon, languor, lilt
  296. Use the following picture to inspire you.
  297. Use the following famous quote to inspire a short story or poem: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” Pablo Picasso
  298. Journaling Prod: If you were a season, what would you be and why?
  299. Use the following dialogue in your story: “A true soldier does not admit defeat before the battle.”
  300. Open up a dictionary and point to three random words. Use these three words as the basis for a short Christmas story.
  301. Your character finds a rusted box in the attic. He opens it to discover…
  302. When she awoke she couldn’t remember her name…
  303. Use the following picture to inspire you.
  304. Use the following famous quote to inspire a short story or poem: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss
  305. Journaling Prod: If you were a weapon, what would you be and why?
  306. Use the following dialogue in your story: “Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.”
  307. Open up a newspaper and choose one news piece. Use it as inspiration for a short story.
  308. Your character is sent an anonymous letter with threatening undertones.
  309. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: tidal, love, mourn
  310. Use the following picture to inspire you.
  311. Use the following famous quote to inspire a short story or poem: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde
  312. Journaling Prod: Reflect on the path you have taken this year. Would you do anything differently?
  313. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: dance, burn, leave
  314. Go for a leisurely walk and photograph your surroundings. Use the pictures as inspiration for a short story.
  315. Fiction Prod: “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Bob Hope
  316. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: tidings, hallow, incandescent
  317. Poetry Prod: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
  318. Use the following picture to inspire a poem, short story or non-fiction piece.
  319. Journaling Prod: “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
  320. Your protagonist finds himself in a tricky situation in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
  321. Your protagonist catches his wife in a compromising position.
  322. Fiction Prod: You were cryogenically frozen for the past 30 years and everything you thought you experienced was simply a brain program.
  323. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: fusion, flame, fertile
  324. Poetry Prod: “One eye sees, the other feels.” Paul Klee
  325. Use the following famous quote to inspire a short story: “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  326. Journaling Prod: Sometimes when I’m alone I cry…
  327. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  328. Your protagonist gets stuck in a snowstorm in a car with a person he dislikes. What transpires?
  329. Fiction Prod: You are kidnapped by a gang of organ thieves.
  330. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: arboreal, angel, fall
  331. Turn on the radio and use the first thing you hear to inspire a poem or short story.
  332. Poetry Prod: “There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.”
  333. Journaling Prod: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  334. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  335. Poetry Prod: “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” Albert Einstein
  336. Fiction Prod: A catastrophic solar flare leaves the nation without power for six months.
  337. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: frozen, fever, float
  338. Write a modern fairy tale using a traditional tale as inspiration. Write from the perspective of the villain.
  339. Fiction Prod: Write about a childhood memory that still haunts you.
  340. Journaling Prod: Who would you most like to meet and why?
  341. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  342. Poetry Prod: “The heart was made to be broken.” Oscar Wilde
  343. Fiction Prod: Write a modern fairy tale using a traditional tale as inspiration. Write from the perspective of the victim.
  344. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: injure, kiss, bridge
  345. Fiction Prod: “As the day lengthens, the cold strengthens.” E. Pelham
  346. Pick up a book and turn to page 81 – use the first or last sentence as inspiration for a short story.
  347. Journaling Prod: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
  348. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  349. Sci-Fi Fiction Prod: “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso
  350. Poetry Prod: “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” Leonardo da Vinci
  351. Use the following words to inspire a poem or short story: planet, birth, sock
  352. Use the following picture as inspiration for a short story or poem.
  353. Journaling Prod: If you were a colour which one would you be and why?
  354. Pick up a book and turn to page 14 – use the first or last sentence as inspiration for a short story.
  355. Use the following words to inspire a short story or poem: intergalactic, pirate, halo

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Pick-A-Prompt (Writers’ Dash Archive)

001. Dictum 002. Starveling 003. Canal 004. Straw 005. Raid
006. Web 007. Bubble 008. Moonbeam 009. Raindrop 010. Crooked
011. Mirror 012. Puddle 013. Grimalkin 014. Nimbus 015. Rident
016. Bletting 017. Baleful 018. Gaslight 019. Frisson 020. Horologist
021. Oeuvre 022. Star-crossed 023. Hunt 024. Ballet 025. Moonshine
026. Hermit 027. Blight 028. Hoary 029. Fusion 030. Apocalypse
031. Gasket 032. Stiletto 033. Ripple 034. Emollient 035. Ratatouille
036. Umbrella 037. Propinquity 038. Pyrrhic 039. Bungalow 040. Epiphany
041. Dissemble 042. Ravel 043. Sleep 044. Sparkle 045. Breathe
046. Frame 047. Alone 048. Kist 049. Glass 050. Flake
051. Twilight 052. Hush 053. Gelid 054. Frostbite 055. Frore
056. Birth 057. North Star 058. Wassail 059. Igloo 060. Toboggan
061. Blustery 062. Jack Frost 063. Glissade 064. Maze 065. Algid
066. Hodgepodge 067. Mirth 068. Moosemilk 069. Cusp 070. Journey
071. Bloom 072. Bloodless 073. Utopia 074. Crabwise 075. Smite
076. Inroad 077. Gritty 078. Walleyed 079. Silhouette 080. Vaunted
081. Weal 082. Maunder 083. Flapdoodle 084. Sashay 085. Inkhorn
086. Lodestar 087. Sully 088. Bijou 089. Fleer 090. Wheedle
091. Jink 092. Chicane 093. Penurious 094. Quixotic 095. Juju
096. Nocturnal 097. Slavish 098. Cavernous 099. Sentient 100. Tangential
101. Virtuoso 102. Impish 103. Paradox 104. Corpulent 105. Insular
106. Egress 107. Surreal 108. Timorous 109. Missive 110. Servile
111. Sapid 112. Bellicose

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001. Gargoyle 002. Rubbernecking 003. Whoosh 004. Spider 005. Waif
006. Bludgeon 007. Figurehead 008. Chalk 009. Nail 010. Edge
011. Frond 012. Gloze 013. Pirate 014. Seraglio 015. Nemesis
016. Leisure 017. Insouciance 018. Emollient 019. Bungalow 020. Wafture
021. Offing 022. Imbroglio 023. Fugacious 024. Pandemic 025. Headless
026. Airship 027. Penny-farthing 028. Subterfuge 029. Vampire 030. Writhen
031. Retrograde 032. Foaming 033. Tumultuous 034. Xanadu 035. Wand
036. Venom 037. Hag 038. Centaur 039. Idyll 040. Petrify
041. Glimmer 042. Conjure 043. Amulet 044. X-ray vision 045. Cyborg
046. Lunar 047. Magnetism 048. Automation 049. Oracle 050. Holographic
051. Experimental 052. Atomic 053. Galaxy 054. Rot 055. Hue
056. Watering can 057. Wilt 058. Symbiosis 059. Heliotrope 060. Hornet
061. Frond 062. Erosion 063. Balance 064. Facet 065. Epoch
066. Reflection 067. Sphere 068. Inertia 069. Opaque 070. Monolith
071. Taiga 072. Shard 073. Exploration 074. Sockdolager 075. Braird
076. Panjandrum 077. Afterclap 078. Louche 079. Maunder 080. Katzenjammer
081. Coxcomb 082. Scapegrace 083. Cat’s-paw 084. Peckish 085. Boondoggle
086. Farrago 087. Flit 088. Fin de siecle 089. Doula 090. Clarion
091. Land of Nod 092. Kenspeckle 093. Frowzy 094. Desultory 095. Demesne
096. Insouciance 097. Beleaguer 098. Circle 099. Lance 100. Fever
101. Tusk 102. Gurgle 103. Lark 104. Cockamamie 105. Smellfungus
106. Widdershins 107. Folderol 108. Godwottery 109. Ornery 110. Mugwump
111. Lollygag 112. Hoosegow 113. Gaberlunzie 114. Juju 115. Fossick
116. Monomania 117. Puissant 118. Maverick 119. Sally 120. Raze
121. Bugbear 122. Taradiddle 123. Troth 124. Frail 125. Menace
126. Lifeless 127. Limn 128. Timid 129. Empty 130. Spirited
131. Liberate 132. Wail 133. Bittersweet 134. Bracken 135. Dew
136. Glisten 137. Hush 138. Breeze 139. Glow 140. Still
141. Breath 142. Rain 143. Autumn 144. Inroad 145. Dragon’s Teeth
146. Bricolage 147. Fleer 148. Flyblown 149. Jink 150. Janus-faced
151. Balkanize 152. Pell-mell 153. Viking 154. Molten 155. Midnight sun
156. Fjord 157. Snowfield 158. Crystal 159. Geyser 160. Glacial
161. Volcanic 162. Aurora Borealis 163. Fracture 164. Obsolesce 165. Wisenheimer
166. The Man in the Moon 167. Swale 168. Sceptre 169. Mime 170. Circus
171. Tableau 172. Weave 173. Wraith 174. Macabre 175. Seance
176. Catacomb 177. Haunted mirror 178. Ghoulish 179. Shadow 180. Doppelganger
181. Blood moon 182. Crone 183. Facet 184. Circle 185. Vade mecum
186. Seclude 187. Crapehanger 188. Mistral 189. Hazard 190. Starlight
191. Indigo child 192. Virus 193. Miasma 194. Tatterdemalion 195. Faineant
196. Eldritch 197. Benison 198. Ludic 199. Indigence 200. Dishabille

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