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People who climb mountains are lonely people; loneliness is needed. Acquaintances and friends are great things, but climbers need defined mental space that is untouched and unbothered by anyone. –Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a character who requires solitude to achieve his/her goal.

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel lonely? When do you prefer solitude?

Art Prompt: Solitude

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the difference between loneliness and solitude.

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ON A COLD JANUARY NIGHT in 1924, a young woman flaunting a stylish bobbed haircut slinked into the Thomas Roulston grocery store in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She was dolled up in a fine sealskin coat, beaded gray dress, black shoes, and stockings. Just as the male clerk was wrapping up her order of a dozen eggs, she suddenly whipped out a .25 automatic pistol from her fur coat and shouted: “Stick ‘em up! Quick!” …

The grocer and five other clerks had become the first victims of the eventually infamous “Bobbed Haired Bandit”—a now-forgotten criminal who was an icon of liberated women in 1920s New York. For three and a half months in 1924, married couple Celia and Edward Cooney embarked on a series of armed robberies around Brooklyn, inspiring tabloid news stories, satirical cartoons, and political and cultural agendas. Depending on what paper you read, the Bobbed Haired Bandit was a ruthless libertine, a heroine of the lower class, a weak woman controlled by her husband, or a trailblazer of the feminist movement. –How We Forgot the Bobbed Haired Bandit by Lauren Young

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an unusual thief.

Journaling Prompt: What circumstances would push you into breaking the law? 

Art Prompt: Bobbed hair

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about an infamous bandit with an emphasis on what drove him/her into a life of crime.

Photo Credit: dvdflm on Flickr

sang-froid

  • coolness of mind; calmness; composure:

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were amazed by someone’s sang-froid.

Art Prompt: Sang-froid

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

Photo Credit: Rick Webb on Flickr

It was Saturday, 9:17 am; Joanna sighed, “Finally this week is over!” With the newspaper spread out before her, this would be a day of luxury, doing nothing, even if it were for only a few hours. –Serpentine Enigma by Charles Domina

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about what happens next to interrupt her plans.

Journaling Prompt: What do you enjoy doing on Saturday mornings?

Art Prompt: Saturday morning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your weekend routine.

Photo Credit: nvainio on Flickr

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.

Photo Credit: Darren Puttock on Flickr

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.

Photo Credit: Neal on Flickr