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Literary – February 28

“Good days, they come around the oddest corners.” -Colum McCann, born this date in 1965, in Let the Great World Spin. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which rounding an odd corner launches what looks to your protagonist to be anything but a good day.

Literary – February 27

“In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born this date in 1807. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist transitions from one to the other.

Literary – February 26

“Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race.” -Victor Hugo, born on this date in 1802. Writing prompt: From your protagonist’s point of view, describe his/her favorite building.

Literary – February 25

“I hope that after I die, people will say of me: ‘That guy sure owed me a lot of money.’ ” -Jack Handey, born this date in 1949. No, really. Writing prompt: Write ten statements your protagonist hopes people will say after s/he dies.

Literary – February 24

One of my favorite painters, Winslow Homer, was born on this date in 1836. Writing prompt: Describe his painting The Coming Storm in the voices of your protagonist and your antagonist.

Literary – February 23

Samuel Pepys, one of history’s most noted diarists, was born on this date in 1633. Writing prompt: Write your protagonist’s diary entry for her or his most important birthday.

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