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It’s impossible to give someone the world. You can show them glimpses of yours, hope they join you in it, but to give them the world means you have to be willing to give up your own. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who wants the world, and isn’t worried about destroying the other person to get it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the boundaries that you have that help you protect your world.

Art Prompt: If I gave you the world…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how abusive spouses use power and control to demolish their victim’s world.

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…right now her most pressing problems were the five blocks between her and the train station, and the sky full of water above her. On the bright side, she didn’t have to worry about the rain smearing her makeup— she just didn’t wear the stuff. One time in college she’d made an abortive try, but the sight of her round face staring back at her from the mirror with the first hint of blush inexpertly applied made her feel like an inexpertly polished turd. Makeup and designer clothes were for some jet set, days-of-wine-and-roses, dating, frolicking-in-front-of-the-cameras subphylum of humanity to which she did not belong. Hospital scrubs and a clean face— this was her lot in life. -Lee Doty, Out of the Black

Writing Prompt: Write a self-description for your protagonist. How does it differ from your description?

Journaling Prompt: Write a description of yourself.

Art Prompt: Self-portrait

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“When Gregor Samsa awoke from troubled dreams one morning, he found that he had been transformed into an enormous bug.” -Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Writing Prompt: Try a scene where a character undergoes a metamorphosis. He doesn’t have to turn into a bug. He could remain exactly as he is physically, but turn into a young child emotionally (a la Big with Tom Hanks) or develop a super power of hearing what women think (a la Mel Gibson in What Women Want). Or he could swap places with another character (too many movies to mention). Have some fun with your character and see what you can turn him into.

Journaling Prompt: If you could undergo a metamorphosis, what would you want to change into?

Art Prompt: Metamorphosis
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching, inspirational story about a metamorphosis you went through.

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Even though people are multi-faceted, they generally have a dominant trait them that their closest friends would agree upon. Here’s one such trait described in detail:

‘Lady Susan disapproved of racing. She disapproved of many things; some people went as far as to say that she disapproved of most things. Disapproval was to her what neuralgia and fancy needlework are to many other women. She disapproved of early morning tea and auction bridge, of ski-ing and the two-step, of the Russian ballet and the Chelsea Arts Club ball, of the French policy in Morocco and the British policy everywhere. -Saki, The Chronicles of Clovis (free for your Kindle or Kindle software)

Writing Prompt: What is the dominant trait of your character? Describe it as Saki did for Lady Susan.

Journaling Prompt: If people could use only one word to describe you, what would it be?

Art Prompt: Disapproval

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Have you ever wondered what people are getting out of playing video games? I always thought it was pure escapism, but it seems that it is much more than that.

“A game can be more fun when you get the chance to act and be like your ideal self,” explained Dr. Przybylski. “The attraction to playing videogames and what makes them fun is that it gives people the chance to think about a role they would ideally like to take and then get a chance to play that role.”

The research found that giving players the chance to adopt a new identity during the game and acting through that new identity — be it a different gender, hero, villain — made them feel better about themselves and less negative.

Looking at the players’ emotion after play as well their motivation to play, the study found the enjoyment element of the videogames seemed to be greater when there was the least overlap between someone’s actual self and their ideal self.

“When somebody wants to feel they are more outgoing and then plays with this personality it makes them feel better in themselves when they play,” explained Dr. Przybylski. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: What video game would each of your characters want to play in order to experience being their ideal self? Write about what they are feeling as they play the game.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite game? How do you feel when you are playing it? What do you get out of the experience of playing it?

Art Prompt: Video game

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about videogames and alternate personas.

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