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I still remember that moment as if it was yesterday. I was nine years old when I first encountered La Guadalupe. I traveled with Abuela from my hometown Yabucoa, a small town on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, to Ponce, the island’s second major city. We were going to visit Abuela’s relatives.

“First things first, ” Abuela announced when we arrived. “We will go the Ponce Cathedral to pay our respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe.” –Lillian Comas

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is going to pay homage.

Journaling Prompt: Who do you or would you travel to pay homage to?

Art Prompt: Paying homage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of a local shrine that people travel to.

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Fat shaming on social media has become prevalent and weight is the most common reason children are bullied in school with 85 percent of surveyed adolescents reportedly seeing overweight classmates teased in gym class, McHugh said.

Evidence confirms that fat shaming is not an effective approach to reducing obesity or improving health, McHugh said. “Rather, stigmatization of obese individuals poses serious risks to their psychological health,” she added. “Research demonstrates that weight stigma leads to psychological stress, which can lead to poor physical and psychological health outcomes for obese people.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which conflict is driven by shaming based on a physical characterist.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about fat people? What thoughts pop into your mind when you see someone who is fat?

Art Prompt: Fat Shamin

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about fat shaming on social media in today’s culture.

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The Plastic People of the Universe (PPU), started with no political agenda but is widely regarded as having spurred a revolution in Czechoslovakia. The band started in 1968, the same year that Prague was invaded by Soviet tanks to shut down the liberalization known as the Prague spring. The new communist government suppressed free speech, imprisoning many musicians,. The PPU were forbidden by the government on several occasions to play, not because of any inflammatory lyric content, but because of their long hair and emulation of capitalist bands like the Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa. (The band took their name from a Zappa song.) In 1970, the government revoked PPU’s musician licenses, which made it impossible for them to get equipment or gigs; they had to play underground concerts to avoid government detection and arrest. –The World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which music creates change.

Journaling Prompt: What song made you think about the world in a different way? Write about what you learned from the song.

Art Prompt: Protest Music

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of protest music in your country.

Dogmatic individuals hold confidently to their beliefs, even when experts disagree and evidence contradicts them. New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society…

“…religious individuals may cling to certain beliefs, especially those which seem at odds with analytic reasoning, because those beliefs resonate with their moral sentiments,” said Jared Friedman, a PhD student in organizational behavior and co-author of the studies.

“Emotional resonance helps religious people to feel more certain — the more moral correctness they see in something, the more it affirms their thinking,” said Anthony Jack, associate professor of philosophy and co-author of the research. “In contrast, moral concerns make nonreligious people feel less certain.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict is driven by a dogmatic individual who will not listen to another point of view.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a person you know who is driven by dogma and how it affects you.

Art Prompt: Dogmatic person

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the pros and cons of dogma.

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I wanted to be good. I truly did.
Until the day I didn’t. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by Kat Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the prompt as the starting point for a story or a scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you decided to stop following the rules. Do you regret it? What happened?

Art Prompt: I wanted to be good…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you decided to break the rules.

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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.

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr