Today’s Writing Prompt: Write A Real Or Fictional Scene Based On A Notable Fourth of July Painting Or Photograph
Paintings and photographs have always been able to transport us to a different time and place, and stir up strong sentiments related to where we’ve been, where we are, or where we want to be. This week, while we’re considering our upcoming Fourth of July plans (or celebrations for Independence Day), let’s consider past Fourth of July (or Independence Day) celebrations that have been captured in notable paintings or photographs. And then write a real or fictional scene that they inspire.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About A Summertime Memory
Summertime is finally here. It’s time for vacations and relaxation. Or… just hotter weather?
A couple of days ago we wrote a summertime scene based on a painting. Now let’s get nostalgic or creative and write about a summertime memory we have, whether it’s real or imagined.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About What Pride Month Means to You
Today we heard that President Biden will be designating the Pulse nightclub site in Orlando a national memorial, honoring those 49 people who were killed in the 2016 shooting there. He’ll also be commemorating Pride month by announcing his appointment of advocate Jessica Stern as a special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world.
As June (Pride month) comes to a close, take a moment to reflect and write about what Pride month means to you. And why it’s important for everyone to recognize.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write A Summertime Scene Based On A Painting
Last Sunday was officially the first day of summer in 2021, when the summer solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere.
Take a moment to be creative and write a summertime scene, real or imagined, based on a painting you admire.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About Refugees for World Refugee Day
This past Sunday was World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe.
Today, write about a group of present-day refugees and their plight. Or write about one refugee or a family of refugees with whom you are familiar and their stories.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About Your First 100 Days In Office If You Were President
Joe Biden has experienced his first 100+ days in office as President of the United States. And, as they should have been, those days have been closely critiqued and criticized.
However, it’s time to go beyond superficial critiques and criticisms and think about real action items that can and should be accomplished.
If you had become President of the United States in January 2021, what would you have set out to accomplish during your first 100-200 days in office? And HOW would you have gone about, and continued to go about, accomplishing what you set out to accomplish?
Today’s Writing Prompt: Write about Juneteenth
Juneteenth was officially declared a national federal holiday in the United States last week and was celebrated this past Saturday on June nineteenth. It commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. And commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. (See juneteenth.com.)
What are your thoughts and feelings about this newly declared federal holiday? Write about it.
This week’s writing prompt: Write a Review for an Enlightening Documentary.
I have come across a lot of interesting documentaries lately. I must admit, however, that I’m not always intentional when I watch them… meaning, I don’t always stop and take notes and come up with action items to complete after I watch them. This week, however, I want to intentionally watch a documentary and write a review about it. And then find something that I can do after I watch it.
This Thursday is Earth Day. April is also National Poetry Month in the United States. So, for this week, let’s write a poem for Earth Day.
Full disclosure: I am not a poet and don’t typically write poetry… so, why am I writing one this week then?
This week’s writing prompt: Write About What Is Stressing You Out.
April is National Stress Awareness Month in the United States. And according to a recent American Psychological Association survey, U.S. Adults Report Highest Stress Level Since Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more than 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress, and “2 in 3 adults (67%) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them.”
While writing about something that stresses you out may seem counterintuitive at first, studies have shown that writing in a journal or engaging in expressive writing can significantly reduce stress levels. According to studies covered in this Psychology Today article, “researchers found that expressive writing led to reduced blood pressure, improved immune system functioning, fewer visits to the doctor and shorter stays in the hospital, improved mood, reduced symptoms of depression, improved memory, and more.”