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“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

It is dark, dark seven A.M. on Christmas Eve Eve. –2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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 your pre-holiday rituals.

Art Prompt: Christmas Eve Eve

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your pre-holiday rituals.

Photo Credit: Sheila Tostes on Flickr

A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves. –Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

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’s the most memorable experience you’ve had? What made it memorable?

Art Prompt: The morgue

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about why autopsies are important for medical knowledge.

Photo Credit: Tom Bradnock on Flickr

The same year my father got sick I published a novel in which I killed him. –Father and Son: A Lifetime by Marcos Giralt Torrente

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 is the worst thing you ever wished for that came true, and how did you feel afterwards?

Art Prompt: Funeral

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a wish come true.

Photo Credit: brownpau on Flickr

When I was young I dreamed of becoming a lioness, but when the moons turned and I became a woman, the gods made me a mouse. –Squeak by Emma Osborne

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: If you could change into an animal for the night of the full moon, what animal would you enjoy being?

Art Prompt: Mouse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the animal that you admire the most and why.

Photo Credit: Paul Gulliver on Flickr

Highway 16, the main route into my rural hometown of Emmett, Idaho, winds through a high desert country of sand and sagebrush before the road narrows and suddenly descends into the valley through a steep grade known as Freezeout Hill. –Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament by Evelyn I. Funda

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 your hometown.

Art Prompt: Hometown

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience something unique about your hometown.

Photo Credit: Ken Lund on Flickr

I once knew a girl who wouldn’t eat apples. –The Color Master by Aimee Bender

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 your strangest trait.

Art Prompt: Apples

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about one of your unusual traits and how it got you into trouble.

Photo Credit: Nick Saltmarsh on Flickr

Most men in my family make widows of their wives and orphans of their children. –Enon by Paul Harding

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 is the riskiest behavior that your significant other has ever engaged in? How did it make you feel?

Art Prompt: Risky business

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story in which someone almost pays the ultimate price.

Photo Credit: Andreas Bjärlestam on Flickr