Writing Daily Creates

  1. TDC1333: A movie scene in English…slang

    September 2, 2015

    Our friends at Life Hack have collected 30 slang words currently in use in the UK and suggest immediate adoption of these by the rest of the English speaking world! Take a movie scene of your choice and recreate it in using UK slang and adding a DS106 flavour of your choosing.    

  2. TDC1326: Write down why light matters

    August 26, 2015

    It seems that 2015 is the year of the light according to the United Nations! Why might light matter to us digital storytellers?  

  3. TDC1321: Explain DS106 to a 4-year old

    August 21, 2015

    HT John Johnston for this prompt. He recommended a wonderful article about explaining graphic design to 4 year olds. How would you explain DS106 to a group of 4-year olds?  

  4. TDC1313: Email-a-tree

    August 13, 2015

    When you give a tree an email address…. A delightful Atlantic Article about how ‘the city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.’ Write a letter to your favourite tree!    

  5. TDC1311: A first and a last

    August 11, 2015

    From our friends at Poetry prompts and inspired by a submission by @ronald_2008 to help us create a poem about first and last times.    

  6. TDC1308: An experience with…

    August 8, 2015

    … nature, a baby, a bee, just sitting, or any ‘experience with’ that comes to mind. Think about it for 5 minutes, write 50 words non-stop. You can repeat this loop a few times, with the same experience or a new one.  

  7. TDC1296: What *should* we be worried about?

    July 27, 2015

    In 2013, Edge.org asked numerous contributors a simple question: “What should we be worried about?” Have a look at a few of their responses, and write your own (short) response.  

  8. TDC1293: Today I feel like… A poem.

    July 24, 2015

    i feel like an identity — ✧ ➳ feelings.js ✧ (@feelings_js) July 18, 2015 Use this as the first line of a poem. Complete the poem. Or pick your own line from this bot that feels strange things each day.  

  9. TDC1291: All in the cards story

    July 22, 2015

    New cards: gesture, pizza, current pic.twitter.com/ANkgctB5dr — All in the Cards (@all_in_cards) July 16, 2015 Use the card above or choose your own. Write a story that uses the information in your card. HT @twoodwar  

  10. TDC1289: The what-if machine prompts

    July 20, 2015

    The what if? machine- http://t.co/FPBG6Lx0AD #writingprompt #vcualtlab cc @EnochHale10 — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) July 3, 2015 Use the what-if machine to write a DS106 world story.  

  11. TDC1284: Meh, Cisgender, jeggings and other words

    July 15, 2015

    …also photobomb, crowdfund, totes and sext are words that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year. Write a story using as many as you dare! There is a full list of course and you can add old fashioned word too.  

  12. TDC1279: The dream of the Dragonflies – A death poem

    July 10, 2015

    “Here I’d like for people to write a somewhat serious poem, ideally a haiku or tanka, from the point of view of someone who is going to die and knows it. Haiku in English has been often been taught as a nature poem of three lines alternating as five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables. Not only is that not really the case (haiku in Japan are often written in one vertical line), but it has done such a disservice to the form of haiku that poets who work in the form are often overlooked. And since everyone thinks they know what haiku are, there are thousands upon thousands of awful poems that simply miss the boat.” Cameron Mount (@cameronmount) You have been told. Write your death poem. If you need more guidance Cameron has written a lovely poetry game for death poems to help us learn how to do it well. There is also a why ‘no 5-7-5’ post referred to in the game that will give further guidance.   .  

  13. TDC1250: Have you done one lately?

    June 11, 2015

    A random act of kindness, that is. Come up with a random act of kindness, do it and tell us the story. All in one day. We are demanding here at the daily create!  

  14. TDC1249: Sweet Message

    June 10, 2015

    Write a message to someone you care about. Write about how you feel about them, why you are so happy around them or whatever  else comes to you.  

  15. TDC1242: It’s Neologism Day at DS 106!

    June 3, 2015

    1700 words were aded to the Merrium Webster Unabridged Dictionary in 2015. Can you use all of these in one semi-coherent piece of writing? Extra points for getting them all in one perfectly punctuated sentence! emoji wtf nsfw (“not safe for work”; example is porn) net neutrality click bait click fraud photo bomb crema chilaquiles colony collapse disorder  

  16. TDC1236: A memory from ages ago

    May 28, 2015

    You ever dredge up a memory from ages ago that suddenly demands to be a poem? — Haley (@haley_exe) May 17, 2015  

  17. TDC1227: Summarize a Film You Have Never Seen Before

    May 19, 2015

    Can you write a summary of a film you have never seen? Pick a film, write your summary. Extra points if you leave the title blank and we guess the film! Blame @cogdog for this one. Want examples? Check the URL: classic-films-summarized-by-me-an-idiot!  

  18. TDC1220: Build suspense like Hitchcock– what’s under the table?

    May 12, 2015

    Listen to the great Alfred Hitchcock describe the difference in film how you create suspense versus surprise: Consider now this dinner scene: Following Hitchcock’s advice, write a film scene indicating how the audience will know exactly what is under the table, how it will be revealed, and then relieved. What is under the table?  

  19. TDC1193: Irritable Vowel Poetry

    April 15, 2015

    Write a poem about the Daily Create without using the letter “e”. Yes, we know that there is an “e” in “create” – work with it.  

  20. TDC1177: The poetry of strangers

    March 30, 2015

    “Walk a few steps behind two people engaged in conversation for several blocks. Poetry is all around us says Kenneth Goldsmith writes – and that includes the poetry of two strangers blabbing, their conversation “punctuated by red lights, giving the speech a certain pace and rhythm.” Medium. Write your poem of strangers. The form of the poem you write is up to you!    

  21. TDC1176: Talk to a stranger

    March 29, 2015

    “So when an elderly woman directed a comment at him about all the trash on the street — the kind of thing most of us nod at vaguely and tune out — he engaged. Another student was more impulsive, striking up a conversation with the woman in front of him at a post office. (Surprisingly, it turned out she regularly goes out of her way to reach this notably busy station, because she likes the staff.) “She was the nicest person that I’ve met in New York,” he reported.” from Medium HT John Johnston Tell us the story!  

  22. TDC1167: Rainy day 1

    March 20, 2015

    Write a poem about a rainy day. What makes you love or hate rain? Need inspiration?  

  23. TDC1155: A DS106 triolet

    March 8, 2015

    A what? A triolet poem in praise of DS106. Of course you can have some examples.  

  24. TDC1149: Fast Fiction

    March 2, 2015

    Set a timer for five minutess. Immediately start writing a story about an article of clothing that is really about something else. Don’t stop until the time is up.  

  25. TDC1144: Are you up for some emojination?

    February 25, 2015

    Select 5 emojis and use them as a prompt for a unique story. Screenshot your emojis and add link to your story below. If you are on Twitter then you can emojinate in one click!  

  26. TDC1143: Write an ice weasel tribute birthday poem for @grantpotter’s birthday!

    February 24, 2015

    Show some appreciation for Grant Potter who made possible DS106 Radio more than four years ago. Twittering their frosty whiskers Tunneling the network burrow An ice weasel weaves and friskers To fix when it needs it, the radio. Yes, we thank them for being so clever, Their mad skills make us totter. A DS106 radio we’d have never Were it not for Grant Potter.  

  27. TDC1137: Your happily ever after

    February 18, 2015

    Put yourself into a happily ever after situation. What’s your role? How does the story go? Tell us the story and if you need a shape for your fairy tale the web obliges. Extra web friendship points for a noir flavour! (a happily ever after story with noir flavour? Now, there’s a challenge)      

  28. TDC1107: A DS106 virgin haiku

    January 19, 2015

    Make a haiku about what it is (or was) like to start DS106 either as an open participant or at a university  

  29. TDC1104: Time Traveler

    January 16, 2015

    If you could travel back in time in a time machine, and could only be in your desired time period for 20 minutes, where would you go? What would you do?  

  30. TDC1102: 5 in 1 Story

    January 14, 2015

    Grab the 5 nearest books around you. (Novels or textbooks, whatever story you’re wanting to make.) Create a story from the following: The first sentence on p. 1 of the first book. The seventh sentence on p. 5 of the second book. The first sentence of the third paragraph on p. 20 of the third book. The fifteenth sentence on p. 47 of the fourth book. The last sentence on the last page of the fifth book. Give it a catchy title!  

  31. TDC1099: Describe something you love

    January 11, 2015

    Write a blurb about something you love but don’t say what it is until the end. Keep your audience guessing until you finally reveal what it was that you were talking about!  

  32. TDC1096: “A MOOC and a Duck Walk into a Bar…”

    January 8, 2015

    This is your opening sentence. Finish it either as a joke (ka-ching) or a one paragraph story, fiction, fable, tragedy, parable, or whatever genre you find interesting. It just needs to have a MOOC and a Duck. Go. By the way today is the third anniversary of the ds106 Daily Create (see TDC1). The best way to celebrate is by doing today’s one.  

  33. TDC1092: Write your DS106 sick note

    January 4, 2015

    @mdvfunes Wonderful. We now have #ds106radio sick days! @mr45144 @traceymorgan @cogdog — Nigel Robertson (@easegill) December 5, 2014