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

Literary – March 29

“George once said to me, ‘If we’d known we were going to be The Beatles we’d have tried harder.’ ” -Eric Idle, born this date in 1943. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist should have tried harder to avoid becoming known for something.

Big Questions – March 29

What’s your best method to relieve stress? 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 simple “yes” or “no,” explain the sources or implications of your response. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene that forces a character in your story to answer the question, or spend 15-20 minutes answering the question...

Journaling + Fiction – March 29

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”Lucius Annaeus Seneca Journal prompt: Reflect on your previous journal entries and spend at least 20 minutes writing about a time you felt cruelly misjudged and later realized it wasn’t that big a deal. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is paralyzed by imagining worse than the worst that could happen.

Romance – March 29

“Don’t leave a piece of jewelry at his house so you can go back and get it later; he may be with his real girlfriend.” -Amy Sedaris, born on this date in 1961. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s clever strategy to impress a romantic target backfires.

Mystery – March 29

“Did you know that darkness has a taste, Grandma?” -Jo Nesbø, born on this date in 1960. Writing prompt: Describe the taste of darkness from the point of view of your protagonist.

SciFi/Fantasy – March 29

Eric Idle was born on this date in 1943. Among his most famous performances is Galaxy Song: Writing prompt: Describe through your protagonist’s point of view the prevailing perspective on his/her culture’s relative position in the universe.

Secondary – March 29

John Tyler, tenth president of the United States, was born on this date in 1790. He rejected the policies of all the different political groups that supported his election. What’s your opinion about the proper balance between loyalty to your friends and yourself?

Primary – March 29

On this date in 1974, farmers digging a well near Xi’an, China, discovered the soldier-and-horse funerary statues better known as the Terracotta Army. Write a story imagining what you find digging a hole near your school.

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