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Journaling + Fiction – October 16

“The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform.”Samuel Johnson Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about how you’ll seize the day today or tomorrow. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist realizes life’s too...

Journaling + Fiction – October 15

“The tombstone will be my diploma.”Eartha Kitt Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the most important lesson a human must learn before his or her life ends. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist celebrates the life of an important ally who died too soon.

Journaling + Fiction – October 14

“Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.”Stephen Hawking Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about whether humor can save a life. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist drives his/her compatriots crazy by finding humor in their shared adversity.

Journaling + Fiction – October 13

“Prudence in action avails more than wisdom in conception.”Cicero Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the fallout from an experience when you acted before thinking. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s action plan falls apart in execution.

Journaling + Fiction – October 12

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.”Ken Kesey Journal prompt: Spend at least 20 minutes writing about the difference between leading and ruling. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist assumes the people behind him/her are following.

Journaling + Fiction – October 11

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”K’ung Fu-tzu Journal prompt: Reflect on your previous journal entries and spend at least 20 minutes writing about the best thought in your head right now. Fiction writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist tried but fails to forget a wrong done to her/him by a frenemy.

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