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Literary – April 14

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Literary – April 14

On this date in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which inaccurate spelling causes your protagonist to suffer a dangerous crisis.

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Big Questions – April 14

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Big Questions – April 14

What unexamined assumption in your life could afford a bit more attention? Journaling prompt: Spend 15-20 minutes writing your answer in the spirit of exploring yourself and the world around you. If you can answer with a simple “yes” or “no,” explain the sources or implications of your response. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene that forces a character in your story to answer the question, or spend 15-20 minutes answering the question in the voice of a character you want to know more about. Photo from Unsplash, the internet’s source of...

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Journaling + Fiction – April 14

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Journaling + Fiction – April 14

“In reality, humility means nothing other than complete honesty about yourself.”L. William Countryman Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about an aspect of yourself you’ve never before been completely honest about. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is forced to admit something about him/herself that your protagonist has concealed.

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Romance – April 14

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Romance – April 14

“Happiness is the absence of suffering.” -Julie Christie, born this date in 1941. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist has an epiphany and realizes Julie is wrong.

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Mystery – April 14

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Mystery – April 14

New York police detective Frank Serpico was born on this date in 1936. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes s/he cannot solve a problem because of official corruption.

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SciFi/Fantasy – April 14

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SciFi/Fantasy – April 14

The Human Genome Project was completed on this date in 2003. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s parents describe how their culture originally explained hereditary traits.

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Secondary – April 14

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Secondary – April 14

“The human race’s prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenseless against ourselves.” -Arnold J. Toynbee, born on this date in 1889. Explain what you think Toynbee meant when he said this.

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Primary – April 14

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Primary – April 14

“Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.” -Anne Sullivan, the blind teacher who taught Helen Keller to read and speak even though Helen could not see or hear, who was born on this date in 1866. Explain why you agree or disagree with Ms. Sullivan’s opinion.

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Heroes, Old and New

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Heroes, Old and New

“When I talk of the triumph of Nietzsche, all I mean is that do-it-yourself morality, informed by personal passion rather than old-fogey morality, is the new norm.” Jonah Goldberg in “Empty Integrity,” in the November 17, 2014, issue of National Review.   This article has some ideological and religious references you can skip over because they aren’t particularly relevant to the interesting discussion of heroes — what they were, what they are, how the cultural perspective on what constitutes a hero has...

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Literary – April 13

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Literary – April 13

“Habit is a great deadener.” -Samuel Beckett, born this date in 1906. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist resolves to change a habit s/he discovers is deadening her/him.

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