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She went her unremembering way,
She went and left in me
The pang of all the partings gone,
And partings yet to be.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku about partings.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the loss of someone you loved.

Art Prompt: Partings

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a loss that changed your life.

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr


…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.

Photo Credit: masaru minoya on Flickr

mon self harm

Many people who cut or otherwise injure themselves report that they do so because it provides a sense of relief. Others say they use cutting or other forms of self-injury as a coping mechanism when dealing with a problem or stressful situation. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, people who have a difficult time expressing their feelings may demonstrate their emotional tension, psychical discomfort, pain or low-esteem by engaging in self-injurious behaviors.

While people who engage in NSSI often report feeling a sense of relief upon injuring themselves, many also report that these feelings are quickly replaced by shame or guilt once the relief passes. It is not uncommon for those who engage in self-injurious behaviors to hide their behavior from their peers, parents or teachers or to feel embarrassed or ashamed of the injuries they have inflicted upon themselves. –Live Science

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene involving self-harm and include the internal monologue of the character who does it.

Journaling Prompt: How do you take care of yourself when your feelings are overwhelming?

Art Prompt: Self-harm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of self-harm and give them tips for talking to someone they love who is trapped in this behavior.

Photo Credit: R N on Flickr

friday maudlin

Maudlin adj
  • tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
  • foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you get maudlin about?

Art Prompt: Maudlin

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

Photo Credit: Dee Ashley 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


If I found a magic lamp and I could have one wish, I would wish that I had a normal face that no one ever noticed at all. I would wish that I could walk down the street without people seeing me and then doing that look-away thing. –Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who has an embarrassing deformity.

Journaling Prompt: If there is any part of your boady that you are self-conscious about, write about it.

Art Prompt: Ashamed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you were self-conscious and had to face it.

Photo Credit: Damiano on Flickr

Suicide underground

More than one million people worldwide, including over 40,000 North Americans commit suicide on an annual basis, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012 estimation.
In a research article, Flett and his co-authors Professor Paul Hewitt of the University of British Columbia and Professor Marnin Heisel of Western University note that physicians, lawyers and architects, whose occupations emphasize on precision, and also those in leadership roles are at higher risk for perfectionism-related suicide, citing the recent cases of prominent perfectionists who died by suicide…
The authors document how being exposed to relentless demands to be perfect, a concept they refer to as socially prescribed perfectionism, is linked consistently with hopelessness and suicide. Other key themes discussed are: how perfectionistic self-presentation and self-concealment can lead to suicides that occur without warning; and how perfectionists often come up with thorough and precise suicide plans. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal dialogue of someone who is considering suicide as he or she goes through the day.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with perfectionism and how it affects your mood.

Art Prompt: Perfectionism and suicide

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of perfectionism.

Photo Credit: Simon on Flickr

The colour of bokeh

A glimmer of true love was an astonishing thing, and if an ounce of it was stolen, the emptiness it left behind, that time of loneliness, that time of despair, could never be relived, never be refilled. It remained forever empty, a hole in the soul. –Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the loss of true love.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when your heart was broken.

Art Prompt: Broken heart

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story about a time when your heart was broken.

Photo Credit: Alessandra Inzerillo on Flickr

why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Broken Heart Syndrome is a real phenomenon. It’s actual name is “takotsubo cardiomyopathy” but it also goes by the more descriptive name of “stress-induced cardiomyopathy.” (A cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, per the National Institutes of Health.) According to the American Heart Association, Broken Heart Syndrome is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack: “the symptoms and tests are similar” and tests show that Broken Heart Syndrome causes “dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances that are typical of a heart attack.”
But unlike a heart attack, which is caused by blockages in the heart’s arteries, Broken Heart Syndrome is caused by stress — such as the the stress caused by losing a loved one, per the Mayo Clinic, combined with a few other factors. In 2012, PBS profiled a 50-year-old woman who, had “nearly collapsed at her aunt’s funeral.” PBS described the cause of the woman’s condition as a “toxic mixture of intense grief and unrelated work stress.” And the everyday stresses one suffers from probably aren’t enough to trigger the syndrome; Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that “stress cardiomyopathy appears to be a condition that comes on suddenly and unexpectedly and resolves quite quickly.” –Dan Lewis, Now I Know

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character suffering from Broken Heart Syndrome.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when your heart was broken and how you worked past it.

Art Prompt: Broken heart

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Broken Heart Syndrome and how they can recognize it and work through it.

Photo Credit: suez92 on Flickr

Mother o' Mine  .. Happy Mothers Day

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of mother a child has lost, or how perilous it may be to dwell in her presence. It doesn’t matter whether she hurts or hugs. Separation from mother is worse than being in her arms while bombs are exploding. Separation from mother is sometimes worse than being with her when she is the bomb.
For the presence of mother – our mother – stands for safety. Fear of her loss is the earliest terror we know. –Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

Fiction Writing Prompt: Work on your character sketch, then write a story about your protagonist’s relationship with his or her mother at different ages.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings for your mother and how they change over time.

Art Prompt: Separation from mother

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching or humorous story about your relationship with your mother.

Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick on Flickr