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

Literary – January 29

“Climbing K2 or floating the Grand Canyon in an inner tube; there are some things one would rather have done than do.” -Edward Abbey, born this date in 1927. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which...

Big Questions – January 29

If you knew you could not be caught, would you cheat to pass an important academic or occupational test? Journaling prompt: Spend 15-20 minutes writing your answer in the spirit of exploring yourself and the...

Journaling + Fiction – January...

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.”Niels Bohr Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the subject at which you’ve become most...

Romance – January 29

Writing prompt: Write the scene of the celebration your protagonist will have on the birthday at which s/he currently believe a person turns “old”.

Mystery – January 29

Tom Selleck — best known for playing a string of crime-entangled good guys — was born on this date in 1945. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns a disillusioning fact...

SciFi/Fantasy – January 29

“A lie is like a pet — you have to take care of it, or it’ll turn on you and bite you in the ass.” -Matthew Stover, born this date in 1962. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a lie told by...

Secondary – January 29

“Man is what he believes.” -Anton Chekhov, born on this date in 1860. Argue that Chekhov is missing the point using examples from personal experience.

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