How it works

Who's got the time to journal daily? You do.

1. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push "Play" on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

You may respond in the "Comments" section of each post, if your response is family-friendly. Or you can write in your own journal or blog. If you respond in a public blog post, post the link in the comments and share it with us. Also feel free to use the "Comments" section for informal discussion about the responses that are posted.

Today, take a minute to write!

Questions? Check out this link for The One-Minute Writer Q&A, including comment guidelines and copyright information.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Six Word Saturday

Six Word Saturday!

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.

Mine: Go away cold, dinner date tonight!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Trapped

Write about a time you felt trapped.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Cold

What's the worst part of having a cold?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Disappear

How would the world be different without you in it?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Autumn

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.


For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: autumn / fall.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Scary People

The news has been full of some pretty scary people this week (what else is new, I guess - it just seems particularly bad, recently.)

What kind of person scares you most?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Change Is Good!


~~~ Daily Prompt is below this announcement!! ~~~~

Hi loyal writers!

2014 is drawing to a close. The kids are in school, the air is getting colder, and I am getting back into a routine here. As I get my act together (ha ha) I'm giving some thought to how I want to structure TOMW for the next little bit. Here's what I have been thinking about - I'd love to hear your feedback.


  • I'm considering - not sure yet, but considering - finally making the jump over to the devoted webpage. This wouldn't be immediate, because I'd need to design that webpage. But it would mean giving TOMW a greatly needed facelift and an address all its own, instead of the blogspot one.
  • I want to go back to running regular contests, now that I made it through The Awful Year (TM) and my financial situation is a bit more stable. I don't know if they should be weekly or monthly, but writing contests are fun and bring cool users to the site! I am additionally considering adding a larger contest, maybe over a couple of months, and offering editing services and my help with publishing contacts as the prize.
  • I want to shake up the regular weekly posts a bit, and I'd like your feedback. It gets a bit tough thinking up posts every day of the week, so having daily themes does help. Which ones should stay, which should go, which new ones should we try? My feeling is that people seem to like Six Word Saturday overall, but there's only one or two people (normally, there are exceptional weeks) who really get into Tanka Tuesday. Has that run its course? If I switch it up, what would be fun instead? I'm thinking maybe some more literature-based prompts (like, "Write a 1-minute story about a guy who dresses as a nurse to hide from his angry boss") rather than survey-type prompts.


Anything else? What do you like, what do you hate? Let me know in the comments, or email me as always - theoneminutewriter@gmail.com. I appreciate you sharing the site with me!

-Sonnet

Today's Writing Prompt: Memories

Was there ever a moment in your life when you thought, "I must remember this exact moment, forever." What struck you about that specific moment? What details can you still remember?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Six Word Saturday!

Six Word Saturday!

Hope this one publishes on time, sheesh! What a week!

Describe your life or current situation using exactly six words.

Mine: New friends... and an autumn cold.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Truth

If there's one undeniable truth you have learned in life, it is....

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Food Obsessions

With thanks to Alexandra Pell, who came up with this prompt:

You know how people are obsessed with bacon?

What foods are like that for you? As in, what do you eat an abnormal amount of or add to lots of meals that many people don't add it to?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: I Quit!

What was the most recent thing you quit?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tanka Tuesday: Fire

It's time for the next installment of Tanka Tuesday!

Tanka is a form of poetry similar to haiku. It's short, and the lines don't need to rhyme. The just must have a set number of syllables: 5/7/5/7/7.


For more about tanka, see the original post here.

Today's tanka prompt is: fire.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Oldies

I've had a song stuck in my head all day that was popular when I was in middle school (I'm looking at you, DJ Jazzy Jeff!) I was surprised to find I still knew all the words!

What songs can you still remember from when you were young?

(Pleaaaase let this post on time in the morning. Hope I got that fixed. Fingers crossed!)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Today's Writing Prompt: Spice

(I do not know why the prompts aren't coming up automatically in the morning, sorry! I'm checking my auto-post thing.)

Do you like super-spicy food?