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Mystery – July 20

“I felt early on I wasn’t going to be a respectable citizen.” –Cormac McCarthy, born on this date in 1933. Writing prompt: Write the scene from your protagonist’s early life when s/he made the first conscious decision to follow the path that brought your protag to the start of your current...

Mystery – July 19

“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.” –Dashiell Hammett, whose The Dain Curse was first published on this date in 1929. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist tries and fails to convince a person who could tilt either bad or good that the person’s friends are a bad...

Mystery – July 18

On this date in 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy crashed into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns that everyone is more concerned about the life of a famous person than the death of an anonymous...

Mystery – July 17

Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, was born on this date in 1889. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist recognizes the dubious value of legal advice s/he got from an attorney more interested in a hobby than practicing...

Mystery – July 16

“Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.” -Phyllis in Double Indemnity, portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck, born Ruby Stevens on this date in 1907. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a partner’s sarcasm drives your protagonist to...

Mystery – July 15

“It’s always the thrill of the unknown.” –Clive Cussler, born on this date in 1931. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must enter a completely dark building to complete a task.

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