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Secondary – January 17

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Secondary – January 17

“So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.” –Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706. Explain whether being reasonable in Franklin’s sense is a good quality.

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SciFi/Fantasy – January 17

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SciFi/Fantasy – January 17

“The incapacity of sound sleep denotes a mind sorely wounded.” –Charles Brockden Brown, the first American gothic novelist, born this date in 1771. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist can’t sleep.

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Mystery – January 17

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Mystery – January 17

Al Capone was born on this date in 1899. His vast criminal empire was brought down by his failure to pay taxes. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your antagonist’s downfall occurs because of something relatively insignificant.

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Primary – January 17

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Primary – January 17

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” –Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706. Tell a story about a time someone you thought had a good reputation lost it.

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Romance – January 17

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Romance – January 17

Eartha Kitt — called by Orson Welles the “most exciting woman in the world” — was born this date in 1927. Her most famous song: Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns that a sugar daddy/momma’s generosity is not as extravagant as your protag has grown to believe it is.

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Literary – January 17

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Literary – January 17

Anton Chekhov, born on this date in 1860, believed, “Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which the contempt your protagonist shares with your antagonist leads your protag to make a costly mistake.

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Words Not Pages

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Words Not Pages

I frequently hear from writers who are interested in a manuscript review or editing services, or who want to pitch an agent or publisher, and they tell me their book is 200 or 425 or howevermany pages long. When I’m feeling indulgent and patient, I’ll spend some time explaining why I don’t care how many pages their manuscript is – and why they shouldn’t, either. What counts is the number of words in the manuscript, because that’s how “long” the work actually is. Back in the day of Royals and Selectrics, “page” meant “page.” It meant, “About...

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Secondary – January 16

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Secondary – January 16

The Constitutional amendment prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction” went into effect on this date in 1919. Explain your reasons for thinking prohibition works or doesn’t work when it comes to preventing people from doing things that a majority considers “bad” for them and...

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SciFi/Fantasy – January 16

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SciFi/Fantasy – January 16

“What scares me is what scares you. We’re all afraid of the same things. That’s why horror is such a powerful genre.” –John Carpenter, born this date in 1948. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist encounters something s/he doesn’t know to be scared of.

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Romance – January 16

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Romance – January 16

Susan Sontag was born on this date in 1933. At age 17, when she’d already been in college for a year, she met a 28-year-old professor. They married two weeks later, and divorced nine years after that. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your antagonist and someone else fall in love at first sight, and that foreshadows the eventual dissolution of their relationship.

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