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At the beginning of my vacation I woke up and realized I’d be spending it alone. –Ben Barka Lane by Mahmoud Saeed

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 you had to do alone that you had wanted to share with someone.

Art Prompt: All alone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about solo vacationing.

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Stephen starts to remember the early days of their marriage when they fought over silly things like furniture. He and Gwen had spent three months shopping for bedroom sets, picking at each other’s tastes for traditional or modern furniture. The young couple had taken almost every Saturday to go shopping to fill their home. Giddy and in love, their fights never lasted long and often ended in the bed. In hindsight, maybe that was why they had been so careful in their choices. Stephen wishes their lives could be that easy now – just make love to end an argument. –Time Killer by Todd M Thiede

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a married couple who have fallen out of love.

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you are falling out of love?

Art Prompt: Falling out of love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with the fluctuations of feeling in a relationship.

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Damn raccoons. Or with her luck, it would be a bear this time. She welcomed the distraction. –Hope by Sam Rook

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that starts with a noise in the night.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a scary noise in the night, how you handled it, and what it turned out to be.

Art Prompt: Noise in the night

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a noise in the night.

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“It’s safe to say you killed them . . . isn’t that right?” –Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura, translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell

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 you feel guilty about.

Art Prompt: Guilty conscience

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about your guilty conscience.

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berate
  • To scold severely or angrily.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you felt when being berated. How do you cope with angry people?

Art Prompt: Berate

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

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I once knew a girl who wouldn’t eat apples. –The Color Master by Aimee Bender

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 strangest trait.

Art Prompt: Apples

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about one of your unusual traits and how it got you into trouble.

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This is a small town. Small towns always have legends. Some are true and some are not, but they’re always floating around. –Deborah Garner, Above the Bridge

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about a small town with a legend that happens to be as unbelievable as it is true.

Journaling Prompt: What legend did you grow up hearing about your town?

Art Prompt: Legend

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a legend you heard in your childhood about where you lived.

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As he was walking through Regent’s Park—along the path he always chose, among the many—Jasper Gwyn suddenly had the clear sensation that what he had been doing every day to earn his living no longer suited him. –Mr. Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco

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 moment you’ve had where you questioned what you are doing with your life.

Art Prompt: Questions

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about how doubts have helped you improve your life.

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Negative attitudes about others are often formed at a young age, and they’re thought to remain relatively stable throughout adulthood. However, few studies have examined whether implicit social biases can change. In recent years, however, Professor Manos Tsakiris of the Royal Holloway University of London and Professor Mel Slater of University College London and the University of Barcelona have developed ways to expose participants to bodily illusions that induce ownership over a body different from their own with respect to race, age, or gender. For white people who were made to feel that they had black bodies, their unconscious biases against black people diminished. And adults who felt as if they had children’s bodies processed perceptual information and aspects of themselves as being more childlike. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where an actual body swap occurs.

Journaling Prompt: What type of person do you have negative thoughts about? How could you begin to see things through their eyes?

Art Prompt: Body swap

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about this research and how implementing it might change the direction of our world.

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“I don’t care what you say,” said Viola. “It’s just not fair.” –Minnie’s Mincemeat Pie by Dale T. Phillips

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with this as the first line.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you feel is unfair and write what you think should be done instead.

Art Prompt: Unfair!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about something that was unfair.

Photo Credit: Paul De Los Reyes on Flickr