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Mystery – December 11

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Mystery – December 11

“Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth.” –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, born this date in 1918. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a character’s addition of details to his or her “truth” gradually reveals the character as a liar.

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Secondary – December 11

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Secondary – December 11

On this date in 1972, Apollo 17 landed on the moon. It was the sixth and last manned mission to the moon. Describe what happens to a place you visit but never return to.

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Primary – December 11

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Primary – December 11

Sir David Brewster, the Scottish scientist who invented the kaleidoscope, was born on this date in 1781. Write a story about a time you saw a common object from a different perspective and realized you could use it in a new and different way.

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Romance – December 11

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Romance – December 11

“Women should stick together. Didn’t you learn anything yet?” –Grace Paley, born this date in 1922. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is forced to comply with a bad plan only because of a superficial resemblance to a group’s members.

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Literary – December 11

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Literary – December 11

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.” –Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, born this date in 1918. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s lie forces him or her to decide whether to confess the lie or commit violence to maintain it.

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SciFi/Fantasy – December 11

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SciFi/Fantasy – December 11

“After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do.” –Jim Harrison, born this date in 1937. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist and a character from a different culture compare their perceptions of the same object.

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Paradox: Limitations Drive Creativity

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Paradox: Limitations Drive Creativity

If I ask you to tell me a story, or to draw me a picture, what’s your first reaction? If you’re like most people, it’s another question: “About what?” Few things are as intimidating as a blank sheet of paper. All the hopes, fears, dreams, tragedies, climaxes, and denouements you plan to spill forth in lyrical and dazzling prose … where, oh where, to begin? That’s one reason prompts are such powerful, proven drivers of writing. Rather than confronting a blank page, a prompt challenges or inspires with something you’ve got to push against...

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Primary – December 10

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Primary – December 10

Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published on this date in 1884. Tell a story about a time you got in trouble that was totally worth it.

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SciFi/Fantasy – December 10

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SciFi/Fantasy – December 10

On this date in 1984, America’s National Science Foundation announced the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system. The planet orbits a star 21 million light-years away. Writing prompt: In a dialogue between your protagonist and another character, describe how the citizens of the world you’ve created responded to a discovery that alters their perspective on their place in their...

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Romance – December 10

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Romance – December 10

On this date in 1936, Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s partner has to choose between something of inestimable value and your protagonist.

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