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Literary – July 10

“There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.” -Marcel Proust, born on this date in 1871. Writing prompt: Write a scene from your protagonist’s life that s/he would rather forget.

Literary – July 9

” ‘Dangerously well’ — what an irony is this: it expresses precisely the doubleness, the paradox, of feeling ‘too well’.” -Oliver Sacks, born this date in 1933. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s sense of feeling too well causes her/him to end up feeling not very well at all.

Literary – July 8

18-year-old Ernest Hemingway was wounded on this date in 1918 by an Austrian mortar while serving in Italy during World War I. Writing prompt: Write the scene from earlier in your protagonist’s life when the injury that defines him/her occurs.

Literary – July 7

Marc Chagall was born on this date in 1887. Writing prompt: Describe your protagonist’s response to this Chagall painting: Then describe the same painting from your antagonist’s perspective.

Literary – July 6

“It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.” -Hilary Mantel, born this date in 1952. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist pours him/herself into a gap in his/her knowledge.

Literary – July 5

“Silence moves faster when it’s going backward.” -Jean Cocteau, born on this date in 1889. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns this lesson.

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