Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/20/15



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Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Zambia was overflowing with zebras. Consequently, many were shipped to Hawaii to avoid zigzagging into a catastrophe. How many zebras zeroed in on using zinc oxide to prevent getting sunburned, so they could enjoy sunbathing on the beach?

Writing Tip

Zero in, stay focused and avoid letting distractions interrupt your work.

Word of the Day

zeppelin: a type of rigid, sturdy aircraft developed in the early part of the 20th Century

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zephyr:  a soft gentle breeze, a type of cotton gingham

Zephaniah:  Hebrew prophet from the 7th Century B. C. 

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Y: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/20/15


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Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

“Yorkies are the cutest puppies in the world,” yelled Yolanda to her husband, clear across the pet store. “Look at this yippy little critter! How can you refuse this adorable little face?” Why did Yolanda’s husband pretend not to hear her?

Writing Tip

Yearn for your storyline. Get to know it and make it come alive.

Word of the Day

Yellow: a color of the rainbow, listed between green and orange on the color spectrum

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yellowtail: a marine fish that has yellow coloration on the fins - Yellowtails come in many varieties like cod, tuna, snapper, etc.

Yellowtail snapper, GNU Free Documentation License


yellow-belly: a coward or an animal with a yellow belly

Yellowstone:  United States National Park located in Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, GNU Free Documentation License


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Saturday, April 27, 2013

X: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/20/15

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Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

The bees buzzed around the xeranthemums in the garden. Xena was allergic to bees; she never feared getting stung by them because she always used X-out bug balm, to keep the bees away. What is X-out bug balm made of?

Writing Tip

Xerox your writing. Keep hard copies of it, so you don’t lose it if anything happens to your computer.

Word of the Day
Xi: fourteenth letter of Greek alphabet

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xiphias:  swordfish

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Xishuangbanna:  the extreme south of Yunnan Province in China

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ximenesia encelioides:  a type of wildflower native to the US and Mexico

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Friday, April 26, 2013

W: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 11/20/15


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Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Wisteria trees were blowing wistfully in the wind. Werewolves were watching from their branches. Why didn’t anyone notice the werewolves in the trees?

Writing Tip

Write, write, write! Just do it already!

Word of the Day

whit:  a very small amount

white:  the absence of all color, the opposite of black

whittle:  carving wood by consistently removing small pieces from it with a sharp object


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whitlavia:  a type of flower native to Southern and Baja California

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

V: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Victor was always victorious over the villain, Vivica. “Viva, Las Vegas!” he would shout vibrantly upon vanishing Vivica from the vicinity. Victor wasn’t anywhere near Las Vegas, so why did he vivaciously shout these words?

Writing Tip

Verify your work. Is it true? Is it realistic?



Word of the Day

Vest:  vestibule, vestiary, vestment

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Universally, Christians believe Jesus Christ is Savior of the world. Collectively they worship his life, death and resurrection. Why is Christianity such an important part of the world’s culture?

Writing Tip

Use all tools available to you and utilize them more and more, as you learn to use them well.


Word of the Day

Unit:  United States, unitary, unitize

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Tanya knew better than to tell her mom what had happened with her teacher on Thursday. Mrs. Tinsdale had a way of teasing students; everybody knew it. Besides, Tanya’s mom was likely to…(finish the thought in the comments, please.)

Writing Tip

Test your skills. Try new things with your writing.



Word of the Day

Tow: tower, tow truck, toward

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Monday, April 22, 2013

S: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Staten Island never looked so beautiful. Steve had been coming here every September for years, just to make a symbolic gesture of gratitude. What was Steve grateful for?

Writing Tip

Stifle negativity and never let it keep you from writing.



Word of the Day

Sod:  sodoku, sodium, sodbuster

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

R: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Reality was not Rita’s favorite theme in life. In fact, reality is what caused this revolting mess in the first place, just as it had always done before. What is Rita’s realistic, revolting mess and why is reality her enemy?

Writing Tip

Research, read about and relate to your topics.



Word of the Day

Rum:  rumor, rump roast, rummage

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Q: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Quentin knew he had to do something about his quirky sister sitting quietly beside him. Quickly he questioned her motives and qualified her plans. What was Quentin’s sister planning to do?

Writing Tip

Qualify your writing with quality references.



Word of the Day

Quin:  quinoa, Quincy, quinacrine

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

P: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Patience is a virtue. Petunia is a flower. What do patience and petunia have in common?

Writing Tip

Practice your writing as much as you possibly can.





Word of the Day

Plat:  platypus, plate, platoon

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Optimistically, the glass is always half full. Open a container and fill it up. What did you put in your glass?

Writing Tip

Optimize your writing by being open through purposeful usage of  SEO, and engaging in positive social networking practices.

Word of the Day

Ore:  oreo, Oregon, oregano

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Monday, April 15, 2013

N: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Natural springs are everywhere in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Norma sought them out, knowing they could ease her pain. What was Norma suffering from?

Writing Tip

Nullify your rough drafts, by finalizing edits on them.

Word of the Day

Need:  needlepoint, needlessly, needy

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M: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Mary worked hard planting marigolds in her garden earlier that spring. She used mulch to keep moisture from evaporating too much in the summer, and managed to keep most of them thriving through the heat. That’s why Mary was so amazed when she had to weed them in the fall. What made Mary mad?

Writing Tip

Maximize your writing potential exposure by being visible in the community.

Word of the Day

Must:  mustache, mustard, mustang

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M. J.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

L: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Lemurs escaped from the local zoo while Lincoln Park was playing there. Where was the local zoo and how did the lemurs escape?

Writing Tip

Look at your writing honestly. Listen to fair critiques about your work.


Word of the Day

Lab:  Labrador, labial, labyrinth

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M. J.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

K: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

After stopping at Kmart for a kick-ball, Karen and Kendra headed to the Kentucky Derby. Why did they need a kick-ball?

Writing Tip

Key into important details and descriptions.



Word of the Day

Kin:  kindergarten, kinesthetic, kindness

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

J: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim

Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


Jack-in-the-Box, Johnny Rocket’s and Jason’s Deli always made more profit on the weekend, than during the week. Jersey Mike’s Sub Shop jumped sales joyously during the week. Why did Jersey Mike’s make more profit during the week, than all of his competitors combined?





Writing Tip

Join writing groups and blog hops. You can learn a lot from others.

Word of the Day

Jar:  jargon, jarhead, Jarrell

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


Ivan ran an Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Idaho. His mother was a waitress at Island’s Burgers and Drinks. Why did Ivan and his mother always end up eating at IHOP?

Writing Tip

Include detailed imagery when you write. All types of writing benefits from imaginative creativity with words, even research writing.



Word of the Day

Ink:  inkfish, inkwell, inkling

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


While touring the country, Howard’s band stopped by some local hit restaurants for hot meals. In Houston, they enjoyed home cooking at Hungry Howie’s Pizza. In Hollywood, Hibachi House was heavenly. However, Howie’s humorous helper couldn’t eat a thing at either place.

Who was Howie’s sidekick and why couldn’t he eat the food?

Writing Tip

Hope and trust in your abilities to be or become the writer you truly want to be.

Word of the Day

Here:  heredity, heresy, hereby

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M. J.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

G: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


Granny’s buffet was to die for! George loved his grandmother. She was always so generous and gracious to the groupies in his band. He wanted to give back, get her out of the garden and kitchen, just this once. If you were George, where would you take Granny and why?

Writing Tip

Gravitate to the best writers and their writing. Pay attention to their words and how they use them.


Word of the Day

Gall:  gallery, gallstone, gallows

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M. J.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

F: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


Frank was anxious about meeting Felicia at Fuddrucker’s for a burger after work. It was bad enough that she found him on Facebook; meeting her for dinner after all these years was frightening to say the least. All he could remember was how she would feast on food forever.

What was Felicia’s favorite food?

Writing Tip

Follow your writer's dream; do everything within your power to make it come true.

Word of the Day

Flat:  flatulence, flattery, flatware

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M. J.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

E: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tips + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


“Hey Einstein, wanna go for a burger?” Eli asked Ed, the genius in the family. “No, I’m more in the mood for El Chico Café, where I can get a sopapilla,” was all that he replied.

Why did the boys end up at eating hot wings at the Empire State Building?


Writing Tip

Energize your writing with lively descriptions, elegant scenes and enthusiastic personalities.

Word of the Day

Ear:  earlier, earn, earthworm

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

D: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


After playing games at Dave & Buster’s Arcade, Daniel and Diana went to Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar to devour their favorite delicious ribs. Then they drove to Denver, which was quite a distance away.

Why did they go to Denver?

Writing Tip

Develop your own writing style. Let your writing take on a life of its own. Allow each piece you write to stand alone and be appreciated as an individual item, imprinted with your clearly defined signature.

Word of the Day

Dig:  digestion, digital, dignify

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


After picking up her prescription from the corner drugstore, Clara headed to Chuck E. Cheese, where her job was handing out token coins to all the children having birthday celebrations each day. 

Most of Clara’s friends also had jobs in the restaurant business.
Candy worked at Chart House. Caroline worked at Cinnabon. Charlie worked at Cracker Barrel. Christopher and Carmen both worked at California Kitchen.

Where did Craig, Clara’s husband, take her on date night?

Writing Tip

Create what’s in your mind and heart. Cast aside doubts and unnecessary scruples.

Word of the Day

Cab:  cabernet, cabin, cabbage


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B: Riddle Me This Writing Prompts + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt

Baltimore Orioles were winning in the bottom of the 8th inning. Bruce, Billy and Bob were excited, because their parent’s promised to take them for ice cream if the home team won. The weekend looked promising, with plans to go bowling on Saturday and hiking in the mountains on Sunday.

What special family event triggered the weekend’s outings?

Writing Tip

Believe in the power of the written word, expressing it with all sincerity.

Word of the Day

Ball:  ballad, ballet, balloon

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M. J. 


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Monday, April 1, 2013

A: Riddle Me This Writing Prompt + Writing Tip + Word of the Day


by M. J. Joachim


Riddle Me This Writing Prompt


Anna spent the morning at Avalon Salon getting her hair done. She and Adam had an exciting evening planned, starting with dinner at the Acapulco Bar & Grill, followed by attending the Amazing Ice Sculpting exhibit downtown.

Why was their evening supposed to be special?

Writing Tip

Attend to the tedious details that make your work more professional. Take the time to write clear, concise sentences, capable of expressing what you mean, without confusing your audience. Admonish yourself for lazy, sloppy writing and avoid the trap of being too hasty with your work.

Word of the Day

Anal:  analyze, analgesic, analecta


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