Writing Challenges: Inspiration and ideas to spark your creativity every day

Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes and an English teacher in Brooklyn, NY, noticed that when his students missed an assignment, they would come up with marvelously creative and (mostly) credible excuses to explain why. It was a type of writing that came naturally -- and it's where you're going to practice the Art of the Argument!

THE SCENE: You're a student. The stress is getting to you. You have lots of time lately, but no focus. Last night, you got lost in a Netflix binge and totally forgot to write the essay that's due today ... which starts in ten minutes. Time to start working on an excuse. You've already used up all the boring but reliable excuses out there. Computer failure, lost password, and the one about the dog ... just aren't going to cut it. You're going to have to get more creative, AND still be convincing.

WRITE: Take ten minutes to craft an ironclad excuse that explains why you don't have your essay.
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