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Literary – April 3

Richard Thompson was born on this date in 1949. He tells an epic tale of love and villainy in his classic 1952 Vincent Black Lightning: Writing prompt: Write a scene demonstrating your protagonist’s abiding love for the soul of an inanimate object.

Literary – April 2

“If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.” -Émile Zola, born this date in 1840. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a lie your protagonist told, or a truth your protag buried, long ago is exposed with far greater consequences than if your protag had dealt with the issue at the time.

Literary – April 1

“When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.” -Otto von Bismarck, born this date in 1815. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which circumstances conspire to prevent your protagonist from believing the truth.

Literary – March 31

Nikolai Gogol was born on this date in 1809. In 1834, he received an appointment to a job for which he was utterly unqualified: a professor of medieval history, a position he avoided and shirked onto colleagues until he quit the next year. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist undertakes a task that someone important has given him/her but which your protag has no clue how to...

Literary – March 30

Vincent van Gogh was born on this date in 1853. Writing prompt: From the perspective of your antagonist, write the story contained in his 1886 painting A Pair of Shoes (click the title for a larger image).

Literary – March 29

“George once said to me, ‘If we’d known we were going to be The Beatles we’d have tried harder.’ ” -Eric Idle, born on this date in 1943. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist should have tried harder to avoid becoming known for something.

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