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Montey knew that sound all too well. –They Call Me…Montey Greene by A. R. Yoba

Fiction Writing Prompt: What did your protagonist hear and what does it mean to him?

Journaling Prompt: What sound gets your attention immediately and why?

Art Prompt: And then he heard it…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk about the sounds of your life and what they mean to you.

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Music Headphones Beats

Americans spend more money on music than they do on prescription drugs or sex, and the average American hears more than five hours of music per day –The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Include music in your story or scene and show how it influences your protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: How much music do you listen to every day? How does music affect your mood?

Art Prompt: Music

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or touching story a song and how it influenced your life.

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“Ren stood perfectly still in the dark, listening.” -Gin Phillips, Come In and Cover Me

Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene based on this first line.

Journaling Prompt: What do you hear when you listen in the dark.

Art Prompt: Listening in the dark

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a scary story about something that went bump in the night.

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He liked to start sentences with, okay, so. It was a habit he had picked up from the engineers. He thought it made him sound smarter, thought it made him sound like them, those code geeks, standing by the coffee machine, talking faster than he could think, every word a term of art, every sentence packed with logic, or small insights or a joke. He liked to stand near them, pretending to stir sugar into his coffee, listening in on them as if they were speaking a different language. A language of knowing something, a language of being an expert at something. A language of being something more than an hourly unit. -Charles Yu, Standard Loneliness Package (free to read online at Lightspeed Magazine)

Writing Prompt: Spend some time listening to someone’s speech pattern. Write a poem, scene, or story using their speech pattern.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the way that you speak? If you could change, how would you want to speak different?

Art Prompt: Speaking

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Challenge yourself to include dialogue in your story and to make each of their voices individual through use of speech patterns.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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“Smart is only a polished version of dumb. Try intelligence.” Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (Discworld)

Writing Prompt: Do a character sketch for one of your characters. Or create a new character. In what ways is your character smart? In what ways are they intelligent? how does your character use these traits in their everyday life? During a crisis?

Journaling Prompt: Are you smart, intelligent, or both? Write about your answer.

Art Prompt: Intelligence

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the difference between “smart” and “intelligent.” Give them strategies to become more intelligent.

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badinage n. [mass noun] humorous or witty conversation: he developed a nice line in badinage with the Labour leader. mid 17th century: from French, from badiner ‘to joke’, from badin ‘fool’, based on Provençal badar ‘gape

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, poem, or haiku using the word badinage.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a witty conversation you had recently. What made it so much fun?

Art Prompt: Badinage
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Use the word of the week in your writing this week.

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What if you could navigate solely by sound? It would mean fewer stubbed toes in the middle of the night for me. As it turns out, if I would just apply myself, I could learn to echolocate.

In the early 1800s, a blind man from England named James Holman journeyed around the world — he may have been the most prolific traveler in history up to that point, Magellan and Marco Polo included — relying on the echoes from the click of his cane. Not until the 1940s, in Karl Dallenbach’s lab at Cornell University, was it irrefutably proven that humans could echolocate.-Michael Finkel, The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who has developed one of their senses beyond the everyday usefulness.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you use your hearing.

Art Prompt: Sound
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the miracle of hearing.

Photo Credit: Banjo Brown on Flickr

smiling baby

Have you ever wondered what is going on in a baby’s brain? Thanks to advances in science, we are learning more about the secret life of babies.


Three- to seven-month-old infants showed more activation in a part of the brain when they heard emotionally neutral human sounds, such as coughing, sneezing, or yawning, than when they heard the familiar sounds of toys or water. That activity appeared in an area of the temporal lobe known in adults for its role in processing human vocalizations. The babies also showed greater response to sad sounds versus neutral ones in another part of the brain involved in emotion processing in adults. –Science Daily


Writing Prompt: Write a scene from a baby’s point of view.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your earliest memory.

Art Prompt: Baby

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about one of your babies or a baby that you’ve known.

Photo Credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs on Flickr