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I’m not scared of the woods. I’m scared of being lost in the woods, unable to find my way back to the main road and the brush where I hid the bike. Mostly, I’m scared about what else might be in the woods hunting the deer hunters. –The Omega Project by Steve Alten

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a horror story about something that hunts the hunters in the woods.

Journaling Prompt: What scares you about being in a wilderness area.

Art Prompt: Hunted

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about common fears about going out into the wilderness and what they can do to stay safe.

Photo Credit: Nick Vidal-Hall on Flickr

I don’t care that the odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million. My heartbeat and sweaty palms say otherwise. I don’t care if something has never happened to anyone anywhere in the span of Earth’s existence; I can still worry it will happen to me. Uncomfortable feelings take hold of me, get my brain’s undivided attention and tells it point blank: “Something has to be wrong or we wouldn’t feel this way.” –Panic and the Media: Unraveling the Worry By Sarah Newman, MA

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, poem, or haiku about being paralyzed by worry.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the biggest worry you have right now.

Art Prompt: Worry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the devastation of worry and how they can stop worrying and enjoy life.

Photo Credit: Waithamai on Flickr

The concierge emerged from the revolving door and gave me a once-over. “Excuse me, Miss,” he said. “Are you lost? I’m most certain you don’t belong here.” –Beautiful Garbage by Jill Di Donato

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is discovered somewhere he/she doesn’t belong.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you got caught someplace you weren’t supposed to be.

Art Prompt: The Doorman

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about being sneaky.

Photo Credit: Angelo Juan Ramos on Flickr

…researchers assessed each individual’s homelessness, inpatient mental-health treatment, psychological symptoms of mental illness, substance use and as victims or perpetrators of violence. The researchers evaluated all of these items as both indicators and outcomes — i.e., as both causes and effects.

“We found that all of these indicators mattered, but often in different ways,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of the paper. “For example, drug use was a leading indicator of committing violence, while alcohol use was a leading indicator of being a victim of violence.”

However, the researchers also found that one particular category of psychological symptoms was also closely associated with violence: affective symptoms.

“By affect, we mean symptoms including anxiety, depressive symptoms and poor impulse control,” Desmarais says. “The more pronounced affective symptoms were, the more likely someone was to both commit violence and be a victim of violence…

…on average, the researchers found that one event in which a person was a victim of violence triggered seven other effects, such as psychological symptoms, homelessness and becoming perpetrators of violence. Those seven effects, on average, triggered an additional 39 additional effects.

“It’s a complex series of interactions that spirals over time, exacerbating substance use, mental-health problems and violent behavior,” Van Dorn says. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a protagonist with poor impulse control and high anxiety.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the state of your mental health and how it affects your behavior.

Art Prompt: Mental Illness and Violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the complicated relationship between mental illness and violence.

Photo Credit: Alvaro Tapia on Flickr


It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you. –Trumps of Doom by Roger Zelazny

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 hate to wait around for?

Art Prompt: Waiting

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

Photo Credit: Viewminder on Flickr

tuesday virgin

Wolves populated Nero’s court, Flavia had learned. At first, they’d seemed friendly—concerned for the poor virgin held hostage in the palace. But swiftly Rome’s aristocracy had turned, circling her with hungry eyes, hearts pounding with envy, drooling for her devastation. –Suzanne Tyrpak, Vestal Virgin: Romantic suspense in ancient Rome

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a vestal virgin in Nero’s Rome.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt like you were being held hostage? How did you feel about the situation? 

Art Prompt: Held hostage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about vestal virgins in ancient Rome.

Photo Credit: Michael Day on Flickr

painful memory

Memory was a terrible and intensely physical thing. Unlike guilt, it lost none of its power over time. –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of your protagonist as he/she struggles with a painful memory.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a painful memory and how you deal with it.

Art Prompt: Painful Memory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with painful memories.

Photo Credit: JustCallMe_Bethy_ on Flickr

An artist must avoid scandal. One poor decision, and you’re through. –Cinderella’s Tailor by Anne E. Johnson

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: How careful do you think you need to be at your job? How are mistakes handled? How much stress does this cause?

Art Prompt: Scandal

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how to handle stressing out about making mistakes.

Photo Credit: Stanley Zimny on Flickr

Man in the mirror

A man’s identity was once largely drawn from work, family and perhaps sport. Today, men are given the task of designing and maintaining an identity from a multitude of alternatives offered by products they can buy and images they are shown in the media. The supposed reward for all this is social and psychological well-being. As many marketers would have it, “look good, feel good”.

But this shift has brought the kind of pressure to conform to a certain image and body shape that was previously directed at almost solely at women. Recent adverts for Protein World weight-loss products that featured a highly toned, bikini-clad modelwere criticised as an attempt to exploit women’s body insecurities and shame them into buying the products. These were accompanied by similarly revealing but largely unnoticed ads for men. While these don’t carry the same sexist legacy of women’s objectification, they do replicate some of the same body shaming issues. –Matthew Hall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a male protagonist who is struggling with body shame.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about your body? Has it changed over time? How do you deal with any shame about your body?

Art Prompt: Males and Body Shame

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about body shaming in our culture and give them tools to develop a more healthy relationship with their bodies.

Photo Credit: jesuscm on Flickr

Teresa and the other woman chaperone were looking extremely apprehensive… –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a field trip or high school dance gone terribly wrong.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience as a chaperone.

Art Prompt: Nervous chaperone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about babysitting or chaperoning a group of kids.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Zeldman on Flickr