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Literary – July 27

Advising him to stop loafing and trading on his good looks, Ernest Hemingway’s mother evicted him from her home on this date in 1921. Writing prompt: Write the scene in which your protagonist’s parents force her/him out of her/his childhood home.

Literary – July 26

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” -Aldous Huxley, born this date in 1894. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist affirmatively chooses to remain ignorant of a fact s/he knows will hurt worse than ignorance.

Literary – July 25

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” -Jack London, who on this date in 1897 sailed for the Klondike. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which the cards your protagonist is dealt make her/him decide to give up.

Literary – July 24

After starting to write short stories to support his daughter while he spent three years in prison for embezzling from his bank employer, O. Henry was released on this date in 1901. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist receives a gift made irrelevant by your protag’s simultaneous gift to the gift giver.

Literary – July 23

“Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.” -Raymond Chandler, born this date in 1888. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist devises an elaborate game to avoid doing something s/he must accomplish.

Literary – July 22

“To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.” -Tom Robbins, born this date in 1936. Writing prompt: Write a scene during which your protagonist refuses to think the unthinkable despite the obvious importance of doing so.

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