October 1 - Mildred Allard and Lee Rabinovitz meet on a lake. One of them is pretending to be someone else. Write their story.
October 2 - Why would a trader own a gun?
October 3 - Create a story based on this plot: gets trapped in the bathroom on Valentine’s Day
October 4 - Write about how you felt when you discovered you were lied to.
October 5 - You're walking around a dark corridor when you turn around. You soon discover turning around may have been the worst decision of your life...
October 6 - How the young girl finds her way home in the dark.
October 7 - Write a story in which a ghost serves as your main character.
October 8 - Baggy Tights Week: benign neglect
October 9 - Baggy Tights Week: civil strife
October 10 - Baggy Tights Week: incomplete cure
October 11 - Baggy Tights Week: loud whisper
October 12 - Baggy Tights Week: pure evil
October 13 - Baggy Tights Week: rustic elegance
October 14 - Baggy Tights Week: tough love
October 15 - Shuffle Week: Use the name of a CD track as your inspiration (it does not have to have anything to do with the actual lyrics).
October 16 - Shuffle Week: Put a music player or CD on shuffle – use the first word of the first song, paired with the third word of the third song in your story.
October 17 - Shuffle Week: Put a music player on shuffle and use the first love song you come across as your inspiration.
October 18 - Shuffle Week: Ask someone else for the name of their favorite song – use the title or part of the lyrics as your inspiration.
October 19 - Shuffle Week: Use a line from at least one other song in conjunction with the line “And he always will get his thrills, the only way he knows how” from Imogen Heap’s “Angry Angel”
October 20 - Shuffle Week: Use the line “Don’t pretend you ever forgot about me” from Fall Out Boy’s “The Take Over The Break’s Over” in your story.
October 21 - Shuffle Week: Use the title of a show tune as your inspiration.
October 22 - Describe a landscape as seen by an old woman whose horrible old husband has just died.
October 23 - Describe a lake as seen by a young man who has just murdered someone.
October 24 - Fill in each phrase with the first metaphor that comes to mind: Blue paint spilled on the road like:_______, Graffiti on the abandoned building like:________, the dice rolled out of the cup toward Veronica like:_________, blank is like muscles stretched taut over bone:________, music in the hallway like:________
October 25 - You are a 7-year-old child who has been kidnapped by a family who has been raising you as their child. They took you when you were just 2. What they did has been discovered by the police. One day you are playing quietly in your room when the police break down the door and arrest the couple you know as your parents.
October 26 - I could never forgive _______________ for ______________________. Now finish the story.
October 27 - A woman who works in a used bookstore finds a photograph of herself in one of the books brought in for resale. She looks outside and sees the man who just sold them to her watching her. She is afraid she is being stalked. Depending on the slant of the story, the photograph could be compromising, or not.
October 28 - They say Old Weezie’s been reading palms out of her run-down shack for a hundred years or more.
October 29 - Every day the sun comes up and every night it goes down again.
October 30 - A hell full of angels.
October 31 - Fear of the unknown.