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Stephen starts to remember the early days of their marriage when they fought over silly things like furniture. He and Gwen had spent three months shopping for bedroom sets, picking at each other’s tastes for traditional or modern furniture. The young couple had taken almost every Saturday to go shopping to fill their home. Giddy and in love, their fights never lasted long and often ended in the bed. In hindsight, maybe that was why they had been so careful in their choices. Stephen wishes their lives could be that easy now – just make love to end an argument. –Time Killer by Todd M Thiede

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a married couple who have fallen out of love.

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you are falling out of love?

Art Prompt: Falling out of love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with the fluctuations of feeling in a relationship.

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Wedding Bells on Last Door Down the Hall Blog


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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: Do you believe that rich men are different than poor or middle class men? If so, how?

Art Prompt: Rich single male

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about dating.

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elope: (intransitive, of an unmarried person) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one’s intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement.

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

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever considered eloping? If you did elope, where would you go to make it special? Let your imagination run wild.

Art Prompt: Elope

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

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William Brooke, Lord Cobham, with his wife, Frances Newton, her sister, and the couple's children

“[e]volutionary biologists believe that sexual variety is adaptive, and that it evolved to prevent incest and inbreeding in ancestral environments. The idea is that when our spouse becomes as familiar to us as a sibling—when we’ve become family—we cease to be sexually attracted to each other.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky, New York Times

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a loveless marriage. How do the characters avoid the trap talked about above?

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your spouse.

Art Prompt: Attraction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how to keep the attraction in a marriage.

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the future is yours..

…here’s some good news about marriage that we don’t always hear. While you have no doubt heard that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, that is not true. The divorce rate has probably never exceeded 41 percent in the U.S. Some estimates suggest that 70 percent of first marriages succeed. The overall number, however, is brought down by people who are getting married and divorced multiple times. –Daniel Honan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about two friends – one is happily married while one has been married and divorced several times.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your marriage (or, if you’re not married, your parents’ marriage).

Art Prompt: Marriage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about statistics and marriage. Give your opinion about why divorce statistics are misused.

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Marriage Day

“We think we know the ones we love.” -by Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage: A Novel

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on or inspired by the first line of the week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you didn’t really know someone you loved.

Art Prompt: Marriaged

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take my hand

What kind of man cheats on his wife? The results of this study may surprise you.

For men, significant predictors of infidelity are personality variables, including propensity for sexual excitation (becoming easily aroused by many triggers and situations) and concern about sexual performance failure.

The latter finding might seem counterintuitive, Milhausen said, but other studies have also found this connection. “People might seek out high-risk situations to help them become aroused, or they might choose to have sex with a partner outside of their regular relationship because they feel they have an ‘out’ if the encounter doesn’t go well — they don’t have to see them again.”

For women, relationship happiness is paramount. Women who are dissatisfied with their relationship are more than twice as likely to cheat; those who feel they are sexually incompatible with their partners are nearly three times as likely.

“All kinds of things predict infidelity,” Milhausen said. “What this study says is that when you put all of those things together, for men, personality characteristics are so strong they bounce everything else out of the model. For women, in the face of all other variables, it’s still the relationship that is the most important predictor.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character is considering cheating on their partner where the character is a female. Write the same scene where the character is a male.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal experience with infidelity, temptation, or betrayal.

Art Prompt: Betrayal

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can create fidelity in their relationship.

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