Daily, genre-inspired writing prompts for authors, teachers, and journaling

Literary – March 8

“I live my own life and nurse my own wounds.” -Jeffrey Eugenides, born on this date in 1960, in Middlesex. Writing prompt: Extemporize in the voice of your protagonist for at least 500...

Journaling + Fiction – March 8

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”Lucius Annaeus Seneca Journal prompt: Reflect on your previous journal entries and spend at least 20 minutes writing about a time...

Romance – March 8

“She understood that her heart operated on its own instructions, that she had no control over it or, indeed, anything else.” -Jeffrey Eugenides, born on this date in 1960, in Middlesex. Writing...

Mystery – March 8

Neil Postman was born on this date in 1931. Of technology, he said, “The real question is, ‘How should I conduct my life?’ rather than ‘What tools should I use?’ ” Writing...

SciFi/Fantasy – March 8

On this date in 1978, the first episode of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on BBC radio. Writing prompt: Write a scene forcing your protagonist conclude that his/her ancestors made a...

Secondary – March 8

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., born on this date in 1841. Describe the experience...

Primary – March 8

Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, was born on this date in 1859. If you could talk with any animal, what animal would you choose and what is the first question you would ask? What do you...

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