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Literary – January 7

“No man may make another free.” -Zora Neale Hurston, born this date in 1891. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to make another person free.

Literary – January 6

On this date in 1878, Carl Sandburg was born. He believed “the secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to make this distinction.

Literary – January 5

“Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.” -Umberto Eco, born this date in 1932. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is motivated out of terrified paralysis by the needs of someone who is even more scared.

Literary – January 4

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” -Isaac Newton, born this date in 1643. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist makes an enemy by making a point.

Literary – January 3

Marcus Tullius Cicero, born on this date in 106 BC, believed it was essential to govern one’s emotions with reason. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to achieve an essential task because his/her passion overwhelms reason.

Literary – January 2

Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must confront the thing or issue that most terrifies you.

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