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Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about where you were born.

Art Prompt: Paradise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the town, state, or land of your birth.

Photo Credit: Adam Cohn on Flickr

Kathryn Merlangton stared at the vase cradling the dying roses. Two red blooms bowed over the white sympathy card like mourners looking down upon a casket. –Hope by Sam Rook

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what dead roses make you think about.

Art Prompt: Dead roses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story that contains dead roses.

Photo Credit: David Hepworth on Flickr

At the beginning of my vacation I woke up and realized I’d be spending it alone. –Ben Barka Lane by Mahmoud Saeed

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you had to do alone that you had wanted to share with someone.

Art Prompt: All alone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about solo vacationing.

Photo Credit: Ronald van Holst on Flickr


Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that turned out to be something completely different than you expected.

Art Prompt: Illusion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about something that turned out to be something completely different from what you expected.

Photo Credit: Tinou Bao on Flickr

The people in my head seem to have been there for a very long time. –Hiking in My Head by Gareth D Jones

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do the scripts running in your heads try to tell you?

Art Prompt: The voices in my head

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the thoughts they have that seem like they are coming from somewhere else and what they should do about the disturbing ones.

Photo Credit: Janine on Flickr

I’m in the bookstore’s coffee shop–by the windows, reading–when I suddenly must look up. –Memories of Forgetting by Kenneth S Kao

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What would make you look up from a good book?

Art Prompt: Bookstore

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your experiences in bookstores.

Photo Credit: Katri on Flickr


Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What do you need to listen to?

Art Prompt: Listen

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the skill of listening and how it can help them in their personal life and their career.

Photo Credit: Celine Nadeau on Flickr

“It’s safe to say you killed them . . . isn’t that right?” –Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura, translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you feel guilty about.

Art Prompt: Guilty conscience

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about your guilty conscience.

Photo Credit: Craig Sunter on Flickr

From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down. –Under the Dome by Stephen King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the first time you ever flew in a plane.

Art Prompt: Aerial view

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how your home town has changed as shown by aerial view photos.

Photo Credit: srv007 on Flickr

The moose head was fixed to the wall, the microphone in its mouth was broken, but the camera in its left eye was working just fine, and as far as the moose head could see, this was just another Friday night in the Lumber Lodge! –The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been somewhere that you had the feeling someone was watching or listening to you? Write about it.

Art Prompt: Moosehead

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about trying to spy on someone.

Photo Credit: Head of Moose on Wikimedia