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SciFi/Fantasy – April 22

“Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer, born on this date in 1904, at the detonation of the first atomic weapon. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s scheme succeeds so far beyond her/his expectations that your protag is humbled as if before a god.

Secondary – April 22

Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Ellen Glasgow, who shared stories of a new and changing post-Civil War US South, was born on this date in 1873. Write a story that will change someone’s mind about a place they don’t like.

Literary – April 22

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” -Vladimir Nabokov, born on this date in 1899. Writing prompt: Describe your protagonist’s thought process during a time when s/he fallaciously reasoned from a small detail to a great – and mistaken – understanding.

Primary – April 22

Americans celebrated Earth Day for the first time on this date in 1970. Describe one thing you would change about the way people live on the earth and what the world would look like if the change occurred.

Mystery – April 22

“We don’t appreciate the value of humor sometimes.” -Janet Evanovich, born this date in 1943. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist cannot see the amusement value in circumstances everyone else considers hilarious.

Romance – April 22

Henry Fielding was born on this date in 1707. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a trusted friend of your protagonist tries to persuade your protag that a potential romantic interest is unsuitable because of socioeconomic class differences between them.

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