I find writing prompts in the most unusual places, and this week’s prompt is no exception.

Have you ever eaten at a Fazoli’s restaurant? Their slogan is “Real Italian. Real Fast.” They may have the best breadsticks on the planet.

Their cups and breadstick papers are covered with sayings. I found this one on a cup with about ten one-liners like “Mom is not synonymous with waitress”:

High School Writing Prompt -- Fazoli's believes that "fast" doesn't have to mean "fried and tasteless." Choose a fun topic from this list and write about what YOU believe!

I believe that “fast” doesn’t have to mean “fried and tasteless.” I believe that not all food needs to be drowned in ketchup to taste better. I believe just because it’s soccer season doesn’t mean it’s deep fried season. I believe life should be less “overdone” and more, shall we say, “al dente.”

Paper cups are not the only places to post beliefs. Just about 500 years ago, an educated man wanted to start a conversation about certain things he wanted to change in his church. He wrote out a copy of the points he wanted to discuss and sent it to his boss; then he posted a copy of his points on the door of his local church to announce his intentions to begin a discussion about them.

Who is this man, and what did he write?

His name is Martin Luther, and his list is titled “The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” The famous church door was in Wittenberg, Saxony (which is now a part of Germany).

Martin Luther is not the only one who has beliefs. You, too, have them.

Now it’s your turn: What do you believe? Well, that depends on which topic we’re talking about here. Take your eyeballs down these topics, pick one (or come up with one of your own), and then write three sentences about what you believe about that topic.

-bike riding
-playing a musical instrument
-cleaning your bedroom
-your first job
-writing prompts
-ice cream
-Disneyland or Disney World
-church music

That should get you started!

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