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

Literary – July 30

“It is discouraging to leave the past behind only to see it coming toward you like the thunderstorm which drenched you yesterday.” -William Gass, born this date in 1924. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which...

Journaling + Fiction – July 30

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”William James Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the last prejudice you rearranged. Fiction...

Romance – July 30

Emily Bronte was born on this date in 1818. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist encounters a person s/he rejected as a suitor for reasons of class — a person who is now a fabulously...

Mystery – July 30

Archer Mayor was born on this date in 1950. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must convince someone in authority to re-open a closed case to prove an innocent person was...

SciFi/Fantasy – July 30

“Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology.” -Christopher Nolan, born this date in 1970. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist...

Literary – July 29

“What if loving something means you should mostly feel frustrated and thwarted? And then a little ruined, too, by the pursuit? But you keep coming back for more?” -Chang-rae Lee, born this date in 1965....

Journaling + Fiction – July 29

“Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.”Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about what you notice about yourself when you’re too...

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