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Romance – November 26

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Romance – November 26

Annina: Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault? Rick: Oh, he’s just like any other man, only more so. -From Casablanca, which premiered on this date in 1942. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist does something s/he shouldn’t do for all the right reasons.

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Mystery – November 26

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Mystery – November 26

Poet William Cowper was born on this date in 1731. He famously wrote, “Variety’s the very spice of life.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your antagonist comes to believe the exact opposite.

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SciFi/Fantasy – November 26

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SciFi/Fantasy – November 26

“History is, after all, based on people’s recollections, which change with time.” -Frederik Pohl, born this date in 1919. Writing prompt: Imagine a scene in which your protagonist triumphs over your antagonist, and then write that scene from the perspective of your antagonist.

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Literary – November 25

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Literary – November 25

Sinclair Lewis said, “People will buy anything that is one to a customer.” Writing prompt: Describe one of your character’s desire for something that s/he feels s/he must have only because someone else also wants it.

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Big Questions – November 25

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Big Questions – November 25

What question would you anonymously ask a professional advice-giver like Dear Abby? 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...

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Journaling + Fiction – November 25

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Journaling + Fiction – November 25

“People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.”Stephen R. Covey Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about what you feel best about being good at. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes at an inopportune moment that s/he isn’t as good at as s/he believed.

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Romance – November 25

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Romance – November 25

Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist plans and executes a surprise party for a frenemy.

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Mystery – November 25

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Mystery – November 25

“A piece of happiness should never be taken as due.” -Charlaine Harris, born this date in 1951. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is relieved of something valuable s/he has always taken for granted.

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SciFi/Fantasy – November 25

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SciFi/Fantasy – November 25

“I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way did not become still more complicated.” -Poul Anderson, born this date in 1926. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s simple analysis of, and response to, a problem ends up making the problem worse.

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Literary – November 24

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Literary – November 24

“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” -Arundhati Roy, born this date in 1961. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist unknowingly says something unforgivable to a loved one.

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