Literary – July 19

The Rosetta Stone was discovered on this date in 1799. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must cooperate with someone who speaks no common language to locate a specific book in an...

Mystery – July 19

“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.” –Dashiell Hammett, whose The Dain Curse was first published on this date in 1929. Writing prompt: Write...

Mystery – July 18

On this date in 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy crashed into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass., killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist...

Literary – July 18

“Make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.” –William Makepeace Thackeray, born this date in 1811. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes that...

Romance – July 18

“You cannot see your reflection in running water, only still water.” –Elizabeth Gilbert, born on this date in 1969. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes s/he must...

SciFi/Fantasy – July 18

“We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.” –John Glenn, the first American to orbit the planet, born this date in 1921. Writing prompt: Write a scene in...

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