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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 where you were born.

Art Prompt: Paradise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the town, state, or land of your birth.

Photo Credit: Adam Cohn on Flickr

Kathryn Merlangton stared at the vase cradling the dying roses. Two red blooms bowed over the white sympathy card like mourners looking down upon a casket. –Hope by Sam Rook

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 what dead roses make you think about.

Art Prompt: Dead roses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story that contains dead roses.

Photo Credit: David Hepworth on Flickr


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 something that turned out to be something completely different than you expected.

Art Prompt: Illusion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about something that turned out to be something completely different from what you expected.

Photo Credit: Tinou Bao on Flickr

I’m in the bookstore’s coffee shop–by the windows, reading–when I suddenly must look up. –Memories of Forgetting by Kenneth S Kao

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: What would make you look up from a good book?

Art Prompt: Bookstore

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your experiences in bookstores.

Photo Credit: Katri on Flickr


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: What do you need to listen to?

Art Prompt: Listen

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the skill of listening and how it can help them in their personal life and their career.

Photo Credit: Celine Nadeau on Flickr

From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down. –Under the Dome by Stephen King

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 the first time you ever flew in a plane.

Art Prompt: Aerial view

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how your home town has changed as shown by aerial view photos.

Photo Credit: srv007 on Flickr

The moose head was fixed to the wall, the microphone in its mouth was broken, but the camera in its left eye was working just fine, and as far as the moose head could see, this was just another Friday night in the Lumber Lodge! –The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke

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: Have you ever been somewhere that you had the feeling someone was watching or listening to you? Write about it.

Art Prompt: Moosehead

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about trying to spy on someone.

Photo Credit: Head of Moose on Wikimedia

Our house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. –All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

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 a childhood experience that was traumatic for you.

Art Prompt: Moving day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the procedures used to move a house.

Photo Credit: Richard P J Lambert on Flickr

It is dark, dark seven A.M. on Christmas Eve Eve. –2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

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 pre-holiday rituals.

Art Prompt: Christmas Eve Eve

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your pre-holiday rituals.

Photo Credit: Sheila Tostes on Flickr

A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves. –Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

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: What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had? What made it memorable?

Art Prompt: The morgue

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about why autopsies are important for medical knowledge.

Photo Credit: Tom Bradnock on Flickr