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Literary – April 20

Joan Miró was born on this date in 1893. Writing prompt: Describe from your protagonist’s point of view this famous Miro work.

Literary – April 19

On this date in 1987, the first Simpsons cartoon appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confronts an all-id oaf.

Literary – April 18

“I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.” -Clarence Darrow, born this date in 1857. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must conceal her/his glee at another person’s misfortune.

Literary – April 17

“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” -Karen Blixen, better known by her pen name Isak Dinesen,  born this date in 1885. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist requires and takes all three variants of Dinesen’s salt water cure.

Literary – April 16

“He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.” -Kingsley Amis, born this date in 1922. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which the nature of your protagonist’s religious faith becomes the subject of a discussion between people s/he’d rather not discuss the topic.

Literary – April 15

“She is written in a foreign tongue.” -Henry James, born this date in 1843. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist discovers that s/he and a new acquaintance are from two nations separated by a common language.

Literary – April 14

On this date in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which inaccurate spelling causes your protagonist to suffer a dangerous crisis.

Literary – April 13

“Habit is a great deadener.” -Samuel Beckett, born this date in 1906. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist resolves to change a habit s/he discovers is deadening her/him.

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