Mystery – November 26

Poet William Cowper was born on this date in 1731. He famously wrote, “Variety’s the very spice of life.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your antagonist comes to believe the exact opposite.

SciFi/Fantasy – November 26

“History is, after all, based on people’s recollections, which change with time.” -Frederik Pohl, born this date in 1919. Writing prompt: Imagine a scene in which your protagonist triumphs over your antagonist, and then write that scene from the perspective of your antagonist.

Literary – November 25

Sinclair Lewis said, “People will buy anything that is one to a customer.” Writing prompt: Describe one of your character’s desire for something that s/he feels s/he must have only because someone else also wants it.

Romance – November 25

Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist plans and executes a surprise party for a frenemy.

Mystery – November 25

“A piece of happiness should never be taken as due.” -Charlaine Harris, born this date in 1951. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is relieved of something valuable s/he has always taken for granted.

SciFi/Fantasy – November 25

“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way did not become still more complicated.” -Poul Anderson, born this date in 1926. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s simple analysis of, and response to, a problem ends up making the problem worse.

Secondary – November 25

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” -Andrew Carnegie, born on this date in 1835. What wisdom can you take from Carnegie’s age?

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