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Literary – September 23

“Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.” -Walter Lippmann, born this date in 1889. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is the only person willing to challenge conventional wisdom.

Journaling + Fiction – September 23

“It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.”Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about whether you’re truly living today. Fiction...

Romance – September 23

The first installment in Gaston Leroux’s serialized novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra was published on this date in 1909. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist unexpectedly meets someone who’s only been rumored to exist.

Mystery – September 23

Matlock premiered on this date in 1986. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist plays dumb to get what s/he needs.

SciFi/Fantasy – September 23

On this date in Primer’s 2003, Abe and Aaron made some money in the stock market. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist earns a chance to change one thing from earlier in her/his life.

Secondary – September 23

“Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.” -Euripides, born on this date in 480 BC. Why both?

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