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Mystery – April 17

“I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for.” -Thornton Wilder, born on this date in 1897. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must fight a dangerous fight for something good and excellent.

Mystery – April 16

Henry Mancini was born on this date in 1924. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is paired with a notorious fool who nevertheless manages to make a valuable contribution.

Mystery – April 15

“It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.” -Henry James, born this date in 1843. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s treasured family tradition is disrupted.

Mystery – April 14

New York police detective Frank Serpico was born on this date in 1936. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes s/he cannot solve a problem because of official corruption.

Mystery – April 13

Robert LeRoy Parker — better known as Butch Cassidy — was born on this date in 1866. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confronts an inveterate but lovable recidivist.

Mystery – April 12

“The prosecutor, who is supposed to carry the burden of proof, really is an author.” -Scott Turow, born on this date in 1949. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist has to explain to a dubious accuser a narrative of your protag’s trangression persuasive enough to avoid responsibility.

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