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

Literary – October 4

“You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.” -Damon Runyon, born this date in 1880. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist balks at waking over the...

Big Questions – October 4

Whose life or lives do you hope to most influence by living your own? Journaling prompt: Spend 15-20 minutes writing your answer in the spirit of exploring yourself and the world around you. If you can answer...

Journaling + Fiction – October...

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”George Orwell Journal prompt: Reflect on your previous journal entries and spend at least 20 minutes writing...

Romance – October 4

Mary Elizabeth Braddon was born on this date in 1835. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist and one of her/his romantic partners simultaneously learn that your protag is also romantically...

Mystery – October 4

Talmage Powell — who wrote more than 500 short stories and novels as Robert Hart Davis, Robert Henry, Milton T. Lamb, Milton Land, Jack McCready, Anne Talmage, Dave Sands, and Ellery Queen — was...

SciFi/Fantasy – October 4

“The world doesn’t need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.” -Anne Rice, born this date in 1941. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is put in mortal peril by a trusted...

Secondary – October 4

Work began on Mount Rushmore on this date in 1927. Make the case for the leader you think deserves to be so honored.

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