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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.

Literary – May 26

Miles Davis was born on this date in 1926. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confronts a talented friend who is squandering his/her contribution to the world because of an addiction to something...

Literary – May 25

“It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.” –Raymond Carver, born this date in 1938. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist and someone s/he loves have an entire conversation about their feelings for each other while talking about something...

Literary – May 24

“The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” –Bob Dylan, born this date in 1941. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist desperately tries to find a point of commonality with a person who resolutely defies your protag’s efforts.

Literary – May 23

On this date in 1829, Cyrill Demian received a patent for the accordion. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must sit through the excruciating music recital of a friend’s child.

Literary – May 22

Peter Matthiessen, co-founder of The Paris Review, was born on this date in 1927. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns that someone s/he believes is acting for purely altruistic and noble reasons is also acting for deceptive and conspiratorial...

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