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Gary was a born entertainer. A graduate of Clown College, he’d worked for a year with a circus and never stopped believing that life was a carnival. No matter the season, he always wore a tweed sports jacket, a long plaid scarf that billowed behind him, and a fedora hat like Indiana Jones. Since he habitually ran late, he was forced to eat on the run, carrying a small grocery bag under his arm from which he pulled snacks and soda. –ARTIFACTS BY MARTHA CRISALLI

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a short scene with Gary as a protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: Are you in a hurry, or do others try to make you hurry?

Art Prompt: In a Hurry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a friend who is flamboyant in some way.

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proclivity
  • A natural inclination; predisposition.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about one of your proclivities.

Art Prompt: Proclivity

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

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I am early in my story, but I believe I will stretch out into eternity, and in heaven I will reflect upon these early days, these days when it seemed God was down a dirt road, walking toward me. Years ago He was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face. –Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone on a spiritual journey.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your spiritual journey.

Art Prompt: Spiritual journey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of your personal spiritual journey.

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A kibbutz (Hebrew: קִבּוּץ‎ / קיבוץ‎, lit. “gathering, clustering”; plural kibbutzim קִבּוּצִים‎ / קיבוצים‎) is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz, established in 1909, was Degania. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (Hebrew: קִבּוּצְנִיק‎ / קיבוצניק‎).-Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set on a kibbutz or another type of collective community.

Journaling Prompt: How do you get along with the people you live with? What do you struggle with and wish could change? What is the best part about it?

Art Prompt: Kibbutz

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of collective living.

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.

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Failure is the key to success.
Each mistake teaches us something.
The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba

Fiction Writing Prompt: Give your protagonist the opportunity to learn something crucial by making a huge mistake.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the biggest mistake you ever made and what you learned from it.

Art Prompt: Mistakes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an entertaining story about a mistake you made and what you learned.

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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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“Don’t panic.”
“I’m not panicking, I’m watching you panic. It’s more entertaining.”

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where two people are trying not to panic.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what makes you panic and what you do when you’re panicked.

Art Prompt: Don’t panic!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time that made you panic.

Photo Credit: Barry Mulling on Flickr

He gathered her unbound hair and started working through it with the comb from the top of her head down to its ends, which brushed the floor. It was impossible to concentrate on anything except the warmth of his breath on her neck, the way his fingers brushed against her back, or her arms, or the lobe of her ear. This state of suspension, him brushing and her sitting so still lest she utter his name or throw herself into his arms, was almost painful, and yet she dared not move for fear of breaking the connection. Anji was a patient man, very disciplined, and she began to wonder if he meant to comb her hair all night just to see who would break first. And because she was so very tired, and wrung tight, and aching with misery and hope, she began to laugh, a little hysterically perhaps, but laughter all the same even if there were sobs caught in it. He set the comb on the tray. “Enough, Mai,” he said, his voice husky with desire, perhaps with satisfaction, perhaps with anger still simmering. He embraced her, pulling her close. “Enough.” –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or poem about a couple who has had a fight and how they make up.

Journaling Prompt: How do you make a conciliatory gesture after a fight?

Art Prompt: Making up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a fight you had with someone important to you.

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I would fight the world for you, but I’m damned if I can figure out how to save you from yourself. –Barrayar by Louise MacMaster Bujold

Fiction Writing Prompt: How does your protagonist need to be saved from him or herself?

Journaling Prompt: How do you need to be saved from yourself? What advice would you give to yourself?

Art Prompt: Save me from myself!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when no one could save you from yourself.

Photo Credit: ja’s ink on paper on Flickr