Daily, genre-inspired writing prompts for authors, teachers, and journaling

Literary – May 5

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” -Soren Kierkegaard, born on this date in 1813. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is paralyzed by an embarrassment of...

Journaling + Fiction – May 5

“True humility is staying teachable, regardless of how much you already know.”Dana Arcuri Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the last time you learned something you couldn’t have...

Romance – May 5

Crusading journalist Nellie Bly was born on this date in 1864. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist pretends to be someone else to discover an important truth.

Mystery – May 5

A founder of the Baker Street Irregulars, author Christopher Morley was born on this date in 1890. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s familiarity with a fictional story helps...

SciFi/Fantasy – May 5

On this date in 1943, Mervyn Peake wrote of his discharge from the army to his wartime buddy Graham Greene, “I’ll be able to concentrate on Gormenghast. It’s a grand feeling.” Writing...

Secondary – May 5

“Never having failed, I could not picture what failure meant.” -Nellie Bly, born on this date in 1864. What advice would you give someone with that attitude toward life?

Primary – May 5

Yesterday was Space Day. Describe how you think your home would be different if you lived on Mars.

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