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…destiny permits no one to continue in blissful happiness. Fate could not tolerate it. Something trivial, a glance, a word, a touch, could shatter a friendship. A love deemed deep and lasting was so fragile it could disappear like straw in the wind. –The Contessa’s Vendetta: A Novel of Betrayal and Revenge by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem inspired by a twist of fate.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when your happiness was shattered suddenly.

Art Prompt: Fragile fate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a twist of fate.

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This is the story of a mother, and a daughter, and the right to life, and the dignity of all living things, and of some souls granted great destinies at the moment of their conception, and of others damned to remain society’s useful idiots. -Adam-Troy Castro, Arvies (free to read at Lightspeed magazine, but be warned. This is a very disturbing story.)

Writing Prompt: Using the sentence above as inspiration, write a story, scene, or poem.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever felt like a useful idiot or like you have a great destiny?

Art Prompt: Idiot

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how we judge people and place them into boxes to limit their potential.

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Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. -Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups: A Novel

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, poem, or haiku using this first line as an inspiration.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt that you might have taken a wrong turn in life.

Art Prompt: Mistaken Identity

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a time when you didn’t know who you were.

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Science has now proven that the nice guy doesn’t always finish last. It turns out that there is a survival benefit to being compassionate and virtuous. 

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and the USC Rossier School of Education found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical “pangs” of emotion are very real — they’re detectable with brain scans — and may be evidence that pro-social behavior is part of human survival. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which an act of compassion changes a character’s destiny.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how thinking/acting in a compassionate manner has helped you be more successful in your life.

Art Prompt: Compassion

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about someone who needs their help. Include a strong call to action.

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I’m not sure I believe in destiny, but if I found out one day that I had some big destiny that was going to change the world my reaction would be just like the character in the quotation below.


“You are afraid of your destiny,” he said.
“I am afraid of the responsibility,” she said. “I am afraid of the mistakes that I will make.”



Writing Prompt: Create a scene where your character discovers that he or she has a big, scary destiny.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe in destiny?

Art Prompt: Destiny

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the concept of destiny, make an argument for or against it, and give a personal story to illustrate your opinion.

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