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The structural engineers on the [World Trade Center] project also considered the possibility that an aircraft could crash into the building. In July 1945, a B-25 bomber that was lost in the fog had crashed into the 78th and 79th floors of the Empire State Building. A year later, another airplane crashed into the 40 Wall Street building, and there was another close call at the Empire State Building. In designing the World Trade Center, Leslie Robertson considered the scenario of the impact of a jet airliner, the Boeing 707, which might be lost in the fog, seeking to land at JFK or at Newark airports. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found a three-page white paper that mentioned another aircraft impact analysis, involving impact of a jet at 600 mph (970 km/h), was indeed considered, but NIST could not locate the documentary evidence of the aircraft impact analysis. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of engineers who foresee a potential terrorist attack.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the feelings that you experience when you hear about a terrorist attack.

Art Prompt: Terror

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the building of the World Trade Center.

Photo Credit: Remains of WTC2 facade after 9-11 on Wikimedia

They entered the observation area looking in on the interrogation room. Inside, a wiry young man sat at an empty table. His fingers entwined with one another in tight knots. His heels bounced on the floor. His nostrils flared. His eyes darted from wall to wall with the tension of a trapped animal. –The Mysterious Mauling by A. C. Spahn

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write an interrogation scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt like you were being interrogated? What emotions did you feel? 

Art Prompt: Interrogation

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about modern interrogation techniques.

Photo Credit: Shuayb Popat on Flickr

IN 1983, THE USS CORAL Sea CV-43 Catapult One was cruising the Atlantic Ocean, and the engineering department discovered a small problem. The ship had an excess of small plastic bottles, meant to test oil. Someone in the department came up with a fun way to deal with the overstock: Let the crew use them to send out messages into the open ocean. –Found: The Owner of a Message-in-a-Bottle Sent in 1983

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a message in a bottle.

Journaling Prompt: If you were writing a message to put in a bottle to set adrift at sea, what would it say?

Art Prompt: Message in a bottle

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a message in a bottle.

Photo Credit: World Oregon on Flickr

Whether slicing, dicing, chiffonading, or julienning carrots, potatoes and celery or precisely separating turkey meat from its carcass, I take a lot of satisfaction from the details of my work. I’m not as thrilled with the way our extended family chomps down my soup, wipes their mouths on their napkins or sleeves, and then collapses on the couch to watch whatever game is on TV.

Maybe today the family will surprise me, but I doubt it. –Day After Thanksgiving Soup by Debra H. Goldstein

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the cook of the family.

Journaling Prompt: Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite dish to make for your family?

Art Prompt: Cooking

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

Photo Credit: Angelina Earley on Flickr

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

The moose head was fixed to the wall, the microphone in its mouth was broken, but the camera in its left eye was working just fine, and as far as the moose head could see, this was just another Friday night in the Lumber Lodge! –The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke

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: Have you ever been somewhere that you had the feeling someone was watching or listening to you? Write about it.

Art Prompt: Moosehead

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about trying to spy on someone.

Photo Credit: Head of Moose on Wikimedia

jocund (adj)
  • Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.

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

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel jocund?

Art Prompt: Jocund

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

Photo Credit: monkeywing on Flickr

Arrived too late, the act has been done.
The wind was against them, letters intercepted on their way.
The conspirators were fourteen of a party. –Nostradumas

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a failed conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite conspiracy theory?

Art Prompt: Conspirators

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a failed conspiracy.

Photo Credit: katie hargrave on Flickr

Ruthetta received a lot of mail. More than anyone else on Don’s route. More than Don had received in his whole life, probably. She received parcels and envelopes and bundles and gift boxes. They came every day, in all shapes and colors and sizes. –The Matchmaker by Sara Puls

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about Ruthetta’s packages – what’s in them, who sends them, where do they come from?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most exciting package you’ve received in the mail recently.

Art Prompt: Packages

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

Photo Credit: Andrew Dallos on Flickr

The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child’s military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. War-related family stresses are also a commonly occurring part of military brat life. There are also other aspects of military brat life that are significantly different in comparison to the civilian American population, often including living in foreign countries and or diverse regions within the U.S., exposure to foreign languages and cultures, and immersion in military culture.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years. The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of America’s oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures. They have also been described as a “modern nomadic subculture”.

“Military brat” is known in U.S. military culture as a term of endearment and respect. The term may also connote a military brat’s experience of mobile upbringing, and may reference a sense of worldliness. Research has shown that most current and former military brats like the term; however, outside of the military world, the term “military brat” can sometimes be misunderstood by the non-military population, where the word “brat” is often a pejorative term. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the POV of a military brat.

Journaling Prompt: How does/did your parents’ work affect your family’s culture?

Art Prompt: Military brat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how your parents’ jobs affected you when you were growing up.

Photo Credit: Airman Magazine on Flickr