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They came out of the tangled forest into the clearing with its ruins and waterfall. The falls’ spill down the high cliffs was soft in this season. Instead of churning the water, it merely spread and rippled around the cliff. The broad pool had a dark, almost black sheen, like sheets of best-quality silk dyed to the color of a moonless night. –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in the place described above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most beautiful wild place you’ve ever visited.

Art Prompt: Waterfall and ruins

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a hike you went on, paying particular attention to description that engages as many senses as possible.

Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture on Flickr

Abandoned photographer

For almost a year now, he has been taking photographs of abandoned things. –Paul Auster, Sunset Park

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: Write about your favorite abandoned location, ghost town, or ruins.

Art Prompt: Abandoned things

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell the story about a visit to a ghost town or ruin.

Photo Credit: Savara (deprecated) on Flickr


Edifices, either standing or ruined, are the chief records of an illiterate nation. -Samuel Johnson, Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story that revolves around the ruins of an ancient civilization.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the feelings you had when visiting a ruin or ghost town.

Art Prompt: Ruins

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the lessons we can learn through studying the ruins of ancient civilizations.

Photo Credit: James Whitesmith on Flickr
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Egypt-4B-054 - Colossi of Memnon

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by archer10 (Dennis).


relict — n
1.ecology a. a group of animals or plants that exists as a remnant of a formerly widely distributed group in an environment differentfrom that in which it originated b. ( as modifier ): a relict fauna
2.geology a. a mountain, lake, glacier, etc, that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after a destructive process has occurred b. a mineral that remains unaltered after metamorphism of the rock in which it occurs
3. something left unchanged

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, or poem using the word “relict.”

Journaling Prompt: Write about something in your life that is unchanged.

Art Prompt: Relict

Photo Credit: Genista on Flickr

Bus Stop

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Photo by Nicholas_T on Flickr.


When our civilization dies, what will die with it?
Civilizations rise, exist, and fall, each taking with it into the limbo of forgotten things some of the discoveries which made it great. -Andre Norton, The Time Traders (free for your Kindle or Kindle software)
Writing Prompt: Write a scene set in the future where archaeologists are uncovering a great discovery of our civilization that had been lost.
Journaling Prompt: What is the most important thing that we should preserve about our civilization?
Art Prompt: Ruins
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of some of the relics our civilization will leave behind from the POV of a future archaeologist.
Photo Credit: Alun Salt on Flickr