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miscreant
  • Disbelieving; heretical.
  • Depraved; behaving badly.
  • A disbeliever; a heretic.

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 favorite miscreant

Art Prompt: Miscreant

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Use the word of the week in your speech or article.

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The death of a stranger on the mountain is like a motorway accident. You’re aware of it, but you drive on…. I don’t believe that any dead colleague would want the survivors robbed of their chances [at the summit]. –Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene where the protagonist makes a choice that seems cruel.

Journaling Prompt: What decision have you regretted and why did you make it?

Art Prompt: Death of a stranger

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about deaths in mountaineering and the “code of the mountain.”

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blandishment
  • Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement — often used in the plural.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most flattering thing anyone ever said to you.

Art Prompt: Blandishment

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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KNOWING THAT YOU’D GOTTEN your own self into a mess wasn’t all that much consolation when you were about to die. –Anna Elliott, The Witch Queen’s Secret

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is in a mess of their own making.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the worst mess you ever got into and how did you get out of it?

Art Prompt: About to die

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about getting yourself into and out of a mess.

Photo Credit: Delyth Angharad  on Flickr

They gave her all the crazy ones. The guys thought it was hilarious to watch her try to deal with men who claimed to be from Mars, people with ghosts in their apartments, and little old ladies who said they were sea monsters. –The City’s Gratitude by Meg Candelaria

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who specializes in customer service for people with psychosis.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest thing you ever believed.

Art Prompt: My crazy life

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous speech about a time when you went “crazy” about something.

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berate
  • To scold severely or angrily.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you felt when being berated. How do you cope with angry people?

Art Prompt: Berate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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bombast
  • Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you think is bombastic and how you feel about what they say.

Art Prompt: Bombast

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

My husband used to start my car for me on cold mornings, would turn the heater on full blast as he brushed off the snow and ice. I guess we’re even now. I used to make lunches for him to take to work, but no more. I’d hand him the bulky paper bag with a kiss and a whisper about last night or tonight after the girls are in bed. I packed him heart-healthy meals, since his cholesterol was up: turkey sandwiches on whole wheat, oat bran muffins, baggies of grapes or sliced carrots. I quit doing it when I found the cache of uneaten lunches stuffed behind the seat of his truck, along with the crumpled McDonald’s bags and dented soda cups.

Loving gestures, long gone. –HARD FROST BY REGINA BUTTNER

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a dying love.

Journaling Prompt: What are some loving things you used to do for your spouse or partner that you don’t do anymore? Why?

Art Prompt: Loving gestures

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about some small things they can do to improve their relationship.

Photo Credit: Dennis S. Hurd on Flickr

Dogmatic individuals hold confidently to their beliefs, even when experts disagree and evidence contradicts them. New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society…

“…religious individuals may cling to certain beliefs, especially those which seem at odds with analytic reasoning, because those beliefs resonate with their moral sentiments,” said Jared Friedman, a PhD student in organizational behavior and co-author of the studies.

“Emotional resonance helps religious people to feel more certain — the more moral correctness they see in something, the more it affirms their thinking,” said Anthony Jack, associate professor of philosophy and co-author of the research. “In contrast, moral concerns make nonreligious people feel less certain.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict is driven by a dogmatic individual who will not listen to another point of view.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a person you know who is driven by dogma and how it affects you.

Art Prompt: Dogmatic person

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the pros and cons of dogma.

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I wanted to be good. I truly did.
Until the day I didn’t. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by Kat Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the prompt as the starting point for a story or a scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you decided to stop following the rules. Do you regret it? What happened?

Art Prompt: I wanted to be good…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you decided to break the rules.

Photo Credit: Donnie Nunley on Flickr