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Mrs. M would never forget that day. She was walking along a busy road next to the vegetable market when two goons zipped past on a bike. One man’s hand shot out and grabbed the chain around her neck. The next instant, she had stumbled to her knees, and was dragged along in the wake of the bike. Thankfully, the chain snapped, and she got away with a mildly bruised neck. Though dazed by the incident, Mrs. M was fine until a week after the incident.

Then, the nightmares began.

She would struggle and yell and fight in her sleep every night with phantom chain snatchers. Every bout left her charged with anger and often left her depressed. The episodes continued for several months until they finally stopped. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone struggling with the aftermath of trauma.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were frightened and how you felt afterwards.

Art Prompt: Trauma

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the after effects of trauma.

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The image on the wall was enough to give a man nightmares. –Night Work by Laurie R. King

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: What gives you nightmares?

Art Prompt: Nightmare

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about something that gave you nightmares as a child and how you overcame it.

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Jack Hawthorn had begun to dread sleep. He dreamed now, and most of those dreams were nightmares. He wasn’t used to fear: the drumming of his heart, the quickening of breath, the blood coursing through him. –Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour

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 do you feel about sleep?

Art Prompt: Dreading sleep

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a dream you had.

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“It was just a dream,” she told him, stroking his shoulders as he shuddered. “Nothing but a dream.” –The Godless by Ben Peek

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene that begins with the line above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a scary dream you’ve had.

Art Prompt: It was just a dream…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a funny or scary story about dreams you’ve had.

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We flying monkeys get no respect. –Dale Ivan Smith, The Fez Shackle

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: The flying monkeys gave me nightmares when I was a kid. What gave you nightmares?

Art Prompt: Flying Monkeys

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a tall tale and incorporate flying monkeys.

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“Physical aggression is the most frequently reported theme in nightmares. Moreover, nightmares become so intense they will wake you up. Bad dreams, on the other hand, are especially haunted by interpersonal conflicts,” write Geneviève Robert and Antonio Zadra, psychology researchers at the Université de Montréal, in the last issue of Sleep.
“Death, health concerns and threats are common themes in nightmares,” says Geneviève Robert, first author of the article, which formed part of her doctoral thesis. “But it would be wrong to think that they characterize all nightmares. “Sometimes, it is the feeling of a threat or a ominous atmosphere that causes the person to awaken. I’m thinking of one narrative, in which the person saw an owl on a branch and was absolutely terrified.”
Nightmares in men were also more likely than those of women to contain themes of disasters and calamities such as floods, earthquakes and war while themes involving interpersonal conflicts were twice as frequent in the nightmares of women. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a nightmare that carries over into real life.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a recurring nightmare you’ve had. What do you think it was trying to tell you?

Art Prompt: Nightmare

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of nightmares and what they mean.

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