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Literary – September 22

“I am not cynical. I am just old. I know what is going to happen next.” –Fay Weldon, born this date in 1931. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist commits a grievous error because s/he confidently  and erroneously predicted what was going to happen next.

Literary – September 21

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings — words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.” –Stephen King, born this date in 1947. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s words are too...

Literary – September 20

“Every good thing that comes is accompanied by trouble.” –Maxwell Perkins, born this date in 1884. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist rejects something good because s/he fears the trouble that might accompany it.

Literary – September 19

“The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.” –Michael Chabon in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, published on this date in 2000. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist finds something her/his family considered irretrievably...

Literary – September 18

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” –Samuel Johnson, born this date in 1709. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist spends a night in anticipation of a certain reckoning.

Literary – September 17

“I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.” –Ken Kesey, born this date in 1935. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must choose between being an instigator and a recorder.

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