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Aloysius Hudon Beaulieu created marvelous blue ravens that stormy summer. –Blue Ravens by Gerald Vizenor

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: If you could create anything, what would you create?

Art Prompt: Ravens

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the most magical creation you’ve ever heard of.

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I shut the door of the old Victorian behind me, and the stuffy atmosphere closed in: overheated, dry, and redolent of mothballs. Remnants of cool mist clung to my skin, already transmuting to sweat. A whiff of old paper cut through the miasma. I focused on that familiar, beloved scent, and steadied myself. –Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

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: How would you feel moving into an old home that hasn’t been lived in for a while? Why?

Art Prompt: Victorian mansion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a ghost story.

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Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to be trustworthy. –Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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: How do you feel about mirrors? 

Art Prompt: Mirrors

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how they can use mirror talk to improve their self-confidence.

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I didn’t want this day to begin. –All Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa

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 how you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Art Prompt: First thing in the morning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your morning routine and how it supports or hinders you.

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When I was seventeen years old and still living in the seaside town where I spent my childhood, I would go for a few hours every Sunday morning to the home of a retired teacher of English literature to talk about books. –My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

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: Which of your old teachers would you like to meet to discuss books?

Art Prompt: Seaside Sundays

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your favorite teacher.

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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: If you’ve had an experience with a haunting, write about it. If not, do you believe houses can be haunted? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Of course the house is haunted.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a haunted house.

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The stranger stared at Dora’s package. –Key To Lawrence by Linda Cargill

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: How do you feel when a stranger stares at you? What do you do about it?

Art Prompt: Mystery package

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a strange package.

After one hundred and eighty-four days, the Sesquipedalian reached the end of the world. –Nova Verba, Mundus Novus by Ken Liu

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 imagine the end of the world will be like?

Art Prompt: The end of the world.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a long journey with an unexpected end.

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The people in my head seem to have been there for a very long time. –Hiking in My Head by Gareth D Jones

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 an uncomfortable thought that has plagued you for a while. Challenge it on paper and defeat it.

Art Prompt: Voices in my head

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) and how to counter them.

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When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe. –Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

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 craziest kitchen accident you’ve ever had.

Art Prompt: Kitchen mishap

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a mistake in the kitchen.

Photo Credit: Dark Dwarf on Flickr