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

Literary – May 20

“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” -Honoré de Balzac, born this date in 1799. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is...

Big Questions – May 20

What do you wish you could do that you currently can’t? 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...

Journaling + Fiction – May 20

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”Christopher Reeve Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about that for which you most enthusiastically hope. Fiction writing prompt:...

Romance – May 20

On this date in 1845, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett met in person for the first time. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist imagines describing to a future child meeting her/his soul...

Mystery – May 20

Jimmy Stewart was born on this date in 1908. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist tries but fails to convince someone in authority that s/he witnessed a crime.

SciFi/Fantasy – May 20

Richard Bryant is cremated on this date in Robert Silverberg’s 2033. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist introduces a fabulous invention that proves so unwanted that everyone else...

Secondary – May 20

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.” -John Stuart Mill, born this date in 1806. Using...

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