Mystery – February 22

“If someone really interests you, you’ll learn about them yourself.” -Richard North Patterson, born this date in 1947, in his Edgar-award winning debut novel. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist sets out to learn about someone who really interests him/her after their first encounter.

Romance – February 22

Writing prompt: Write the scene in which your protagonist receives the worst birthday gift ever.

SciFi/Fantasy – February 22

On this date in 1972, US President Richard Nixon arrived in China to meet Chairman Mao. Writing prompt: Describe from your protagonist’s point of view the meeting of two influential enemies in the world you’ve created and it’s impact.

Primary – February 22

“It is better be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington, who was born on this date in 1732. Explain whether you agree or disagree with America’s first president.

Secondary – February 22

Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, born on this date in 1892, once asked a friend to send good advice in a letter. “I promise not to follow it,” she said. What advice would you give a friend, and do you think s/he would follow it?

Literary – February 22

“The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay, born on this date in 1892. Writing prompt: Write a scene proving familiarity breeds contempt.

Tick Tock

Author Jody Hedlund – a mom of five who home-schools them – offers solid advice on making time for writing. If she’s doing any, you know her advice must be spot-on: 1. Schedule writing time. 2. Prioritize our activities. 3. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. 4. Plan alone, extended and uninterrupted writing for once a week, if possible. 5. Get your family [or whomever has a claim on your time] behind your writing....

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