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Mystery – November 21

Indian tracker and translator, Pinkerton agent, and vigilante killer for hire Tom Horn was born on this date in 1860. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist locates an alleged bad guy after an alleged good guy.

SciFi/Fantasy – November 21

The first film version of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein premiered on this date in 1931. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is threatened with destruction by something s/he...

Romance – November 21

“Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.” –Marilyn French, born this date in 1929. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns the answer.

Secondary – November 21

The French author Fran├žois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, was born on this date in 1694. Explain what you think he meant when he said, “Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

Primary – November 21

On this date in 1783, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon in Paris, France. What do you think the first people in history who were truly flying thought and felt about their experience?

Literary – November 21

“Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.” –Fran├žois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, born this date in 1694. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes s/he should have done something s/he earlier chose not to do.

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