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

Romance – March 5

On this date in 1946, Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri, defining the boundaries of what came to be known as The Cold War. Writing prompt: Write a letter to your protagonist from a paramour from whom your protag is separated by an invisible but insurmountable barrier.

Mystery – March 5

Maddie Hayes: Wipe that stupid grin off your face. David Addison: This is the smartest grin I know. Banter from Moonlighting, which premiered on this date in 1985. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must complete an important task in cooperation with an insufferable wiseass.

SciFi/Fantasy – March 5

The Homebrew Computer Club met for the first time on this date in 1975. It eventually gave birth to the personal computer. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist comes to appreciate the humble origins of the most influential tool in the world you’ve created.

Secondary – March 5

Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512. In 1569, he developed a technique to map the globe that accurately projects a sphere onto a flat surface so the earth’s longitude and latitude lines are at right angles to each other. Polish mathematician Alfred Korzybski famously said, “The map is not the territory.” What does that mean to you?

Primary – March 5

Gerardus Mercator was born on this date in 1512. In 1569, he developed a technique to map the globe that accurately projects a sphere onto a flat surface. How would you get someplace if you didn’t have an accurate map?

Literary – March 4

“I was not much used to women except for mothers. Everything I did, they did different.” -Daniel Woodrell, born this date in 1953. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s bewilderment at the behavior of someone of a different gender sparks a conflict.

Journaling + Fiction – March 4

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”Albert Einstein Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about your reflections on the first time you experienced something you considered miraculous at the time. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist denies a moment of serendipitous...

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