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SciFi/Fantasy – December 8

“The remarkable position in which we find ourselves is that we don’t actually know what we actually know.” -Bill Bryson, born this date in 1951. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your antagonist discovers that a belief common in the world you’ve created is absolutely false.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 7

Consider the most challenging issue that you must — but do not want to — confront in your own life. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist confronts that issue.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 6

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” -Khalil Gibran, born this date in 1883. Writing prompt: Describe the cultural assumptions about parents’ roles in their children’s lives in the world you’ve created by writing a scene featuring your protagonist and her/his parents.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 5

“There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.” -Maria in Metropolis by Fritz Lang, born this date in 1890. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s heart interrupts his/her hand in the middle of a brain-driven action.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 4

On this date in 1872, the US brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic Ocean. Deserted — the captain’s table was set with an uneaten meal, and the lifeboat was missing — there was only slight damage to the ship’s rigging, and its cargo of 1,700 barrels of alcohol was intact. The mystery has never been solved. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist explores a...

SciFi/Fantasy – December 3

On this date in 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must use an antiquated technology or process to accomplish a task that would be easy with any contemporary technique.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 2

The Atomic Age began on this date in 1942 when scientists demonstrated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in a lab under the stands at the University of Chicago football stadium. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist relies on an invention that in the world you’ve created has equal capacity for evil and for good.

SciFi/Fantasy – December 1

Telephones came to life on this date in Arthur C. Clarke’s 1975. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which a ubiquitous system that everyone takes for granted in the universe you’ve created creates havoc by ceasing to work in its intended manner.

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