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SciFi/Fantasy – August 10

Mariesa Gorley van Huyten watched a meteor cross the sky on this date in Michael Flynn’s 1974. Writing prompt: Write the scene in which your protagonist is inspired to his/her life-long quest.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 9

Gillian Anderson was born on this date in 1968. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s faith in something or someone is shattered by a skeptical sidekick.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 8

“I’ve found that there are some things in life that I can’t change, and there are some things that I can.” -Dr. Sam Beckett, born this date in 1953. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist learns s/he cannot change something s/he though s/he could.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 7

David Duchovny was born on this date in 1960. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist receives what s/he is assured the truth, but which contains in it the seed of doubt suggesting the truth remains out there.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 6

“All things make sense; you just have to fathom how they make sense.” -Piers Anthony, born this date in 1934. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which something that makes no sense to your protagonist suddenly does.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 5

“The work of disenchantment never ends.” -Kim Stanley Robinson in Icehenge, in which on this date in 2168 Emma Weil will be born and in 2248 a mutiny will occur on the ship Rust Eagle. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist fails to persuade a group of a thing’s natural, rather than supernatural, origins.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 4

McClellan House dies on this date in Ray Bradbury’s 2026. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is compelled to complete a self-destructive action because s/he is unaware of an essential fact.

SciFi/Fantasy – August 3

Writing prompt: Finish the scene that begins with a stranger saying to your protagonist, “Oh — you’re one of those.”

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