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

Literary – January 27

Musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this date in 1756. He believed his ideas flowed best and most abundantly while undertaking boring routines. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which the process of following a daily routine causes your protagonist to unravel a knotty problem.

Journaling – January 27

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”Kurt Vonnegut Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about what you would pretend to be if no obstacles to your pretension existed. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist gets caught faking it while trying to make it.

Romance – January 27

On this date in 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of a television system. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is challenged by her/his love interest’s preference for something on TV.

Mystery – January 27

William Randolph Hearst, born this date in 1908, warned that “a politician will do anything to keep his job.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns how far a politician will go to avoid losing the next election.

SciFi/Fantasy – January 27

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was born on this date in 1832. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a story that sounds like nonsense reveals more about what’s actually going on for the characters than their actual circumstances.

Secondary – January 27

Would you rather be remembered for your character, or for your accomplishments, and why one instead of the other?

Primary – January 27

List the three qualities you like best about yourself and explain why each one is important.

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