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

Literary – June 18

“When you’re sure of what you’re looking at, look harder.” -Richard Powers, born this date in 1957. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist mistakes what s/he sees for what...

Journaling + Fiction – June 18

“The task is…not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”Erwin Schrödinger Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about a...

Romance – June 18

“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.” -Amy Bloom, born this date in 1953. Writing prompt: Write a...

Mystery – June 18

On this date in 1984, talk-radio shock-jock Alan Berg was shot and killed in his driveway. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is called to investigate the murder of a person everyone...

SciFi/Fantasy – June 18

Mice will spy on Berk Neilsen on this date in N. Lee Woods’ 2242. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist finds him/herself stranded in a place where all vestiges of civilization have...

Literary – June 17

Igor Stravinsky was born on this date in 1882. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is swept up in a dangerous riot caused by public response to a creative work.

Journaling + Fiction – June 17

“Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”Tertullian Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about a hope you’ve held long enough to grow impatient. Fiction writing prompt: Write a...

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