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Romance – November 13

“I tried to picture him in love with somebody, but it didn’t work.” -Dick Powell, born on this date in 1904, playing Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe in the film Murder, My Sweet. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist decides her/his partner will never be able to love anyone.

Literary – November 13

“Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.” -Augustine of Hippo, born this date in 354. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist destroys some...

Mystery – November 13

Vera Caspary, the author of the play she turned into the novel which was turned into the movie Laura, was born on this date in 1899. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is more attracted to someone literally unattainable than to anyone else.

Secondary – November 13

“If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?” -Augustine of Hippo, born this date in 354. Explain whether Augustine’s statement applies to subjects other than math and science.

Primary – November 13

Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Treasure Island, was born on this date in 1850. Explain whether X ever really marks the spot.

SciFi/Fantasy – November 13

On this date in 1974, the DeFeo family was massacred in Long Island. A year later, the Lutz family moved into their home, but moved out a month later in a story we now know as the Amityville Horror. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is forced to spend the night in a place everyone considers haunted by evil.

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