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Mystery – May 27

“Being Indian is not blood as much as it is culture.” –Tony Hillerman, born this date in 1925. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist meets for the first time a partner who appears to be one thing and turns out to be something utterly unlike...

Romance – May 27

Dashiell Hammett, born this date in 1894, turned his real-life relationship with Lillian Hellman into The Thin Man book, movies, and radio serial about Nick and Nora Charles. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protaganist imagines that s/he and and her/his partner engage in the wittiest and most sophisticated banter your protag can imagine … and then confronts the reality of the...

Literary – May 27

“Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.” –John Cheever, born this date in 1912. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to act on her/his wisdom.

SciFi/Fantasy – May 27

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” –Harlan Ellison, born this date in 1934. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is endangered by a combination of the two most common elements in the world you’ve created.

Mystery – May 26

“Retrospective analysis is not a useful guide to current problems.” –David Ignatius, born this date in 1950. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to resolve a critical problem because s/he can’t stop analyzing how s/he failed to resolve it before.

Primary – May 26

John Churchill, who rose from a childhood as a page to become England’s most successful military leader and the 1st Duke of Marlborough, was born on this date in 1650. Explain why you agree or disagree that it is important to study historical examples of successful people.

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