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Life

He’d have done it faster if all the other things in his life hadn’t gotten in the way. Oh well, that was life everywhere. Always getting in the way of the important stuff. -P.S. Power, The Builder

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where an unexpected life event throws your character off course.

Journaling Prompt: How have unexpected occurrences changed the course of your life? Do you use them as excuses or springboards?

Art Prompt: Life gets in the way

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about how something happened to you that changed the course of your life.

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Chaos inside

…change is all too often only a word to signify chaos. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the chaos of change.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a change that was chaotic for you.

Art Prompt: Change or Chaos

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the chaos of change. Inform your audience about how they can harness that energy to move forward.

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the train will be leaving soon (annoyed gentleman next door)

When Emily Daggett Weiss boarded the Twentieth Century Limited in the spring of 1913, bound for a brief sojourn in the West, one or two old biddies gave her the hairy eye. Woman traveling alone. No better than she should be, as her mother used to say about young women of low moral standards. Worse than the biddies, a traveling salesman winked at her. -Irene Fleming, The Brink of Fame

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: Imagine traveling a century back in time. What would be the most difficult thing for you to get used to?

Art Prompt: 1913

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how women’s place in society has changed in the last century.

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Protest

Resistance increases the more people sense that they cannot influence what is happening to them. -Ken Blanchard, Leading at a Higher Level

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a resistance movement fighting against a conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you respond to change. Does your level of resistance change if you have some control in the process?

Art Prompt: Resistance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article informing your audience about ways that they can decrease resistance to change.

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Elderly Woman Seated on Steps - Santiago de Cuba - Cuba

“I am not as I once was.” — N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem starting with the first line of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you have changed in the last year.

Art Prompt: Create art inspired by the first line of the week.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your system for creating change in your life.

Gay Marriage - Opposing Headlines

“Most public policy is based on offering people incentives and disincentives,” Berns says. “Our findings indicate that it’s unreasonable to think that a policy based on costs-and-benefits analysis will influence people’s behavior when it comes to their sacred personal values, because they are processed in an entirely different brain system than incentives.”

Research participants who reported more active affiliations with organizations, such as churches, sports teams, musical groups and environmental clubs, had stronger brain activity in the same brain regions that correlated to sacred values. “Organized groups may instill values more strongly through the use of rules and social norms,” Berns says…

“As culture changes, it affects our brains, and as our brains change, that affects our culture. You can’t separate the two,” Berns says…

Future conflicts over politics and religion will likely play out biologically, Berns says. Some cultures will choose to change their biology, and in the process, change their culture, he notes. He cites the battles over women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage as ongoing examples. -Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on a cultural shift that challenges people’s sacred values.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal values and how you feel if they are challenged.

Art Prompt: Brain and Societal Change

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Between Yin and Yang


“We are not meant to cross this without passing through it. Kit–” Rasali said, as if starting a sentence, and then fell silent. After a moment she began to speak again, her voice low, as if she were speaking to herself. “The soul often hangs in a balance of some sort: tonight, do I lie down in the high fields with Dirk Tanner or not? At the fair, do I buy ribbons or wine? For the new ferry’s headboard, do I use camphor or pearwood? Small things, right? A kiss, a ribbon, a grain that coaxes the knife this way or that. They are not, Kit Meinem of Atyar. Our souls wait for our answer, because any answer changes us. This is why I wait to decide what I feel about your bridge. I’m waiting until I know how I will be changed.”

“You can never know how things will change you,” Kit said.

“If you don’t, you have not waited to find out.” -Kij Johnson, The Man Who Bridged the Mist in Asimov’s Science Fiction

Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story about someone who is waiting to see how things will change him or her.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you waited to see how something would change you before you committed. Afterwards, were you right about how you changed or not?

Art Prompt: Waiting for Change

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Wind Beneath My Wing


Whenever Hwang goes to sleep, he jumps forward in time. This is a problem. This is not a problem that is going to solve itself. Sometimes Hwang wakes to find that he’s only jumped forward a few days. The most Hwang has ever jumped is one hundred seventy years. -Alice Sola Kim, Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters (free to read at Lightspeed Magazine online)

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where one of your characters wakes up in the morning 100 years in the future.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt like everything you knew was suddenly changed. How did you deal with it?

Art Prompt: Time Travel

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The Observer


Life may indeed be very fairly divided into the seasons of HOPE and FEAR. In YOUTH, we hope every thing may be right: in AGE, we fear every thing will be wrong. -William Kitchiner, The Cook’s Oracle; and Housekeeper’s Manual

Writing Prompt: Write a character sketch for someone who is old, addressing regrets and loss.

Journaling Prompt: How would you describe the season of life you are in right now?

Art Prompt: Seasons of Life

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The day I get the call that changes my life is a Thursday. -Helen Smith, Alison Wonderland

Writing Prompt: Create a scene or poem using the line above as an inspiration.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a phone call that changed your life.

Art Prompt: Phone Call

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