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

Mystery – July 8

“Like art, love, and pornography, noir is hard to define, but you know it when you see it. For the purposes of the book and my longtime working understanding and definition of it, noir stories are bleak, existential, alienated, pessimistic tales about losers — people who are so morally challenged that they cannot help but bring about their own ruin.”

Otto Penzler, born this date in 1942.

Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist defeats him/herself.

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