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Nearly swamping a French trawler, the White Star Lines flagship RMS Titanic pulled away from its last ever contact with land at Queenstown in Ireland on the afternoon of April 11, 1912. –Caldwell Andrew, Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set on a doomed ship.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you lost to a tragic accident.

Art Prompt: Titanic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a true story set on the Titanic.

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RMS Titanic at Cherbourg : Night Shot

For years I assumed that the Titanic tragedy was a result of human arrogance, the belief in the indestructibility of the newest, largest, fastest, fanciest ship of all time. But actually the Titanic went down because of distraction. Other ships had been warning about the iceberg-filled waters for days, but the Titanic’s captain changed course only slightly and did nothing to slow the ship’s speed. When the radio operator received a call from a ship that was surrounded by ice—this was less than an hour before the collision—he responded, “Shut up, shut up, I’m busy.” By the time lookouts spotted the iceberg ahead, it was too late to slow the Titanic’s momentum.
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Although overused, the Titanic is a chillingly accurate metaphor for our time. Distracted people don’t notice they are in danger. Rumi said: “Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk and this is the edge of the roof.” –Margaret Wheatley

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with complications that occur due to distraction.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how distraction affects your life.

Art Prompt: Distraction

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the dangers of distraction and give your audience tips for fighting it.

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Titanic blueprints

If there was any lesson to be learned from the Titanic, it was that attempts failed, rescue arrived too late, messages didn’t get through, and he knew, even as he thought it, that it wasn’t true. The lesson of the Titanic was that people kept on trying even when they knew it was hopeless—tapping out SOSs, cutting the collapsibles free, going belowdecks and bringing the mail up, letting the dogs loose—all of them determined to save something, someone, even though they knew they couldn’t save themselves. You can’t give up, Richard thought. -Connie Willis, Passage

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put a character in a situation where he or she can’t do anything to get to safety. What happens.

Journaling Prompt: How do you act when everything around you is going south?

Art Prompt: Never give up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the benefits of persistence in the face of certain failure.

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