SciFi/Fantasy – January 24

“The way was the strangest she had ever known. There was, she thought, no such passage in all the world save here.” -Catherine Leigh Moore, born this date in 1911. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must travel through a passage unlike any other in her/his world.

Secondary – January 24

On this date in 1848, gold was discovered at John Sutter’s mill in California, launching the “Gold Rush” in 1849. Describe a discovery that would make you move a long way and what you’d do when you got there.

Primary – January 24

On this date in 1848, gold was discovered at John Sutter’s mill in California, launching the “Gold Rush” in 1849. What do you think would make a lot of people move a long way today, and why would they do it?

Literary – January 23

Marie-Henri Beyle, better known among his scores of pen names as Stendahl, was born on this date in 1783. The first practitioner of realism in fiction, he was also a voracious plagiarist. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s mother or most loyal friend discovers your protag cheating.

Romance – January 23

Edouard Manet was born on this date in 1832. Writing prompt: Write the scene portrayed in his 1862-3 painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe in your protagonist’s voice.

Mystery – January 23

Richard Dean Anderson — better known as MacGyver — was born on this date in 1950. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must improvise an escape using only what s/he normally carries in her/his pockets.

SciFi/Fantasy – January 23

Rutger Hauer was born on this date in 1944. Among his most famous roles, he played replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, a machine that proved more human than its human pursuers. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist observes a mortal enemy’s celebration of something your protag thought uniquely his or her own.

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