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Literary – April 23

“He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which flattery persuades your protagonist to make a decision that s/he would not have otherwise made, and for good reason.

Literary – April 22

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” -Vladimir Nabokov, born on this date in 1899. Writing prompt: Describe your protagonist’s thought process during a time when s/he fallaciously reasoned from a small detail to a great – and mistaken – understanding.

Literary – April 21

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” -Naturalist, author, and Sierra Club co-founder John Muir, born on this date in 1838. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s encounter with nature delivers an unexpected and unpleasant surprise.

Literary – April 20

Joan MirĂ³ was born on this date in 1893. Writing prompt: Describe from your protagonist’s point of view this famous Miro work.

Literary – April 19

On this date in 1987, the first Simpsons cartoon appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confronts an all-id oaf.

Literary – April 18

“I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow, born on this date in 1857. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must conceal her/his glee at another person’s misfortune.

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