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What happened in the next moments happened in a blur, a blur which streamed so quickly that the memory of that moment was difficult for those present to recall accurately. –The Keeper of the Stone by Mr. J. E. Jardine

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which the conflict arises from the protagonist’s inability to remember things clearly.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a traumatic event that happened in your life.

Art Prompt: It was all a blur

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how memories are affected by trauma.

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Deirdre sucked in her breath. Her memory must have developed fault lines. –CRAFT DAY BY BRENDA ANDERSON

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves fractured memories.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you don’t remember things happening the way everyone else says it did.

Art Prompt: Faulty memories

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story involving a memory lapse.

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painful memory

Memory was a terrible and intensely physical thing. Unlike guilt, it lost none of its power over time. –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of your protagonist as he/she struggles with a painful memory.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a painful memory and how you deal with it.

Art Prompt: Painful Memory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with painful memories.

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2011: Week 9 // Mom's Surprise 50th Birthday Party

On occasions, the brain can remember things that never happened. Our memory consists of a malleable process which is created progressively and therefore is subject to distortions or even false memories. These memory “mistakes” are seen more frequently in several neurological and psychiatric disorders, but can also be observed in the healthy population, and become more common as we age. One of the most common false memories we have are of situations from our childhood which we believe to remember because the people around us have explained them to us over and over again. Maintaining an adequate control over the “veracity” of our memories is a complex cognitive task which allows us to have our own sense of reality and also shapes our behaviour, based on past experiences. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem in which the false memory of your protagonist creates conflict.

Journaling Prompt: What memories do you have that are probably memories of stories your parents told you.

Art Prompt: False memories

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the malleability of memory and include a humorous story from your own life.

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Birthday Cake

It seemed like just yesterday I celebrated my seventh birthday. –Louisa by Richard Emmel

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: How does the passage of time seem to you? Does it seem to go fast or slow?

Art Prompt: The passage of time

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about how time slips away.

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There are a limited amount of places where one can do drugs. Of those places, drug users select a certain few places where they prefer to do drugs, and then do drugs most often at a select number of places that are convenient. Essentially, a regular drug user will often have a regular place to take their drugs. After they’ve done drugs regularly in the same place, the connection is made. A bathroom, a bedroom, a certain club, will always be associated with drug use. People trying to quit drugs often talk about how they have to avoid their old haunts, because they feel a rush of anticipation. That rush is not just mental. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or a scene about a drug user and their special place.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a place that has a strong association for you.

Art Prompt: Substance abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about how decriminalization has worked in other countries and make a case for or against decriminalization in your country.

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Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales, p. 63

If we wish to know the true history of a people, to understand the causes of its sorrows and its joys, to estimate its worth, and to know how to rule it wisely and well, let us read such old-world tales carefully, and ponder them well. Even if prejudice or ignorance should induce us to undervalue their worth as authentic records of its ancient history, let us remember the undeniable fact, that they are authentic records of its deepest national feelings, and let them, at least, have their weight as such in our schemes of social economy, for the present and the future. –An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. What tales did your protagonist grow up hearing? How did they affect him or her.

Journaling Prompt: What was your favorite folk tale or fairy tale when you were growing up? What lessons did it teach you?

Art Prompt: Folk tale

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a folk tale from your culture and share what it has taught you.

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Girls' Night Out!

During adolescence, all girl holidays are a bond forming experience where participants get to discover the nitty-gritty of their friends’ personalities, form another dimension to their friendship and use their experiences to create unforgettable memories. They live out their desire for independence and express their rebellion and need to break away from family.

At the early adult stage female getaways were found to represent adventure, experimentation, often post-graduation when life changing decisions are being made about their future. These getaways form a ‘rite of passage’ to the next life stage away from education towards career and family.

Female breaks in middle adulthood enable women to feel young and free and have a break from family commitment. On the other hand they often facilitate less joyful transitions such as divorce or a traumatic life event like the death of a loved one. This life stage is when women have a drive to fulfill travel dreams whilst they are still able.

During late adulthood, women see a female getaway as a statement of independence and confidence they may not have had in younger life, when they would not have travelled without a husband. Women of this age also use travels as a coping strategy for widowhood. One widow might travel with another to offer support, companionship and friendship. At this life stage friendship is a very important part of women’s lives. Friendship is cherished and travelling together helps cement this bond and form valuable memories. –Science Daily


Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during an all girl holiday.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a female get away you’ve been on.

Art Prompt: Just us girls on holiday

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the importance of having friends of your own age and gender.

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How long is your memory? Doesn’t matter. No matter what long-term knowledge you have access to, you’re likely to be fooled into thinking that something you noticed recently has just popped up – even if you’ve been seeing it your whole life. Often you see this during news programs in which anchors fret about Kids These Days, but Arnold Zwicky, a linguist, thinks it’s an example of recency illusion.
When some linguistic quirk catches a person’s attention it appears to them as if the language is flooded by this new use of words. Actually, it’s their focus, and not the language, that has changed. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who notices something that haunts him or her.

Journaling Prompt: What did you just notice recently that now you see or hear everywhere? Write about it.

Art Prompt: What are you noticing?

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about this phenomenon and how it has manifested in your life.

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Black and white hindsight

…there are three levels of hindsight bias that stack on top of each other, from basic memory processes up to higher-level inference and belief. The first level of hindsight bias, memory distortion, involves misremembering an earlier opinion or judgment (“I said it would happen”). The second level, inevitability, centers on our belief that the event was inevitable (“It had to happen”). And the third level, foreseeability, involves the belief that we personally could have foreseen the event (“I knew it would happen”).
The researchers argue that certain factors fuel our tendency toward hindsight bias. Research shows that we selectively recall information that confirms what we know to be true and we try to create a narrative that makes sense out of the information we have. When this narrative is easy to generate, we interpret that to mean that the outcome must have been foreseeable. Furthermore, research suggests that we have a need for closure that motivates us to see the world as orderly and predictable and to do whatever we can to promote a positive view of ourselves. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist displays hindsight bias. How does this affect the next thing he or she decides to do?

Journaling Prompt: How do you see yourself operating with hindsight bias?

Art Prompt: Hindsight Bias

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about hindsight bias and how it may be affecting their perspective.

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