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Literary – December 17

“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.” –William Safire, who wrote the New York Times‘ “On Language” column for more than 30 years, born on this date in 1929. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist chooses to do something wrong but that breaks no laws or...

Literary – December 16

Jane Austen, born on this date in 1775, wrote in Emma (published the day before her 40th birthday), “Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confuses belief with reality because of a mistaken confidence in her or his...

Literary – December 15

“In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things.” –Edna O’Brien, born this date in 1930. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s well-intentioned words have exactly the opposite effect on a loved one in crisis.

Literary – December 14

“I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.” –Shirley Jackson, best known as author of “The Lottery,” born this date in 1916. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your characters discuss the origin and implications of the primary dread in your story without ever...

Literary – December 13

Bernadette wrote a letter to Paul on this date. Writing prompt: Write a note from your protagonist to his/her best friend in which your protag disguises the real story with witty banter that reveals the underlying emotion.

Literary – December 12

“You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies.” –Gustave Flaubert, born this date in 1821. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s best friend describes your protagonist’s enemies to someone who does not know your protagonist.

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