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

Literary – April 20

Joan Miró was born on this date in 1893. Writing prompt: Describe from your protagonist’s point of view this famous Miro work.

Big Questions – April 20

Who’s your hero? Journaling prompt: Spend 15-20 minutes writing your answer in the spirit of exploring yourself and the world around you. If you can answer with a simple “yes” or “no,” explain the...

Journaling + Fiction – April 2...

“Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.”Diogenes Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about what you learned from...

Romance – April 20

“In LA, you think you’re making something up, but it’s making you up.” -Steve Erickson, born this date in 1950. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s reality is...

Mystery – April 20

The model for the contemporary private detective first appeared in print on this date in 1841. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” featured the prototypical intelligent,...

SciFi/Fantasy – April 20

“Real magic can never be made by offering someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.” -Peter S. Beagle, born this date in 1939. Writing prompt: Write a scene in...

Secondary – April 20

“And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again.”...

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