The Red Barn Murder was a notorious murder committed in Polstead, Suffolk, England in 1827. A young woman, Maria Marten, was shot dead by her lover William Corder. The two had arranged to meet at the Red Barn, a local landmark, before eloping to Ipswich. Maria was never seen alive again and Corder fled the scene. He sent letters to Marten’s family claiming that she was in good health, but her body was later discovered buried in the barn after her stepmother spoke of having dreamed about the murder.

Corder was tracked down in London, where he had married and started a new life. He was brought back to Suffolk and found guilty of murder in a well-publicised trial. He was hanged at Bury St Edmunds in 1828 and a huge crowd witnessed the execution. The story provoked numerous newspaper articles, songs and plays. The village where the crime had taken place became a tourist attraction and the barn was stripped by souvenir hunters. The plays and ballads remained popular throughout the next century and continue to be performed today –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an infamous murderer who disappears.

Journaling Prompt: What have you done that made you fantasize about starting a new life?

Art Prompt: Infamous

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of an infamous murderer who nearly escaped.

Photo Credit: Corder-broadside on Wikimedia

Brun’s knife was out, ready to slit open the belly and gut the bison before they carried it back to the cave. He removed the liver, cut it into slices, and gave a piece to each hunter. It was the choicest part, reserved for men alone, imparting strength to muscle and eye needed for hunting. –Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a custom for your world that limits access to a specific resource as a privilege based on a physical trait, such as gender.

Journaling Prompt: What food do you feel gives you strength and vision?

Art Prompt: Bison

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the history of male privilege and how it changes as culture changes.

Photo Credit: Kabsik Park on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 18, 2018. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Terry Whalin presents Several Ideas to Face the Daily Challenge posted at The Writing Life.

John Soares presents Create Time Blocks to Do the Small-But-Important Things posted at Productive Writers.

Colleen M. Story presents 3 Ways to Improve Your Writer’s Focus and Get More Done posted at Writers in the Storm.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents articletitle in response to Prompt #4068 Word of the Week – Eschew.

Creativity Quote of the Week



Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Why Repetition Can Be Powerful … and How to Get it Right posted at AliVentures.

KM Weiland presents 5 Tips for Writing a Likable “Righteous” Character posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jody presents Advice to a Novice Writer posted at Jody Hedlund.

Barry Davret presents 5 Formulas To Write 500 Words A Day posted at The Writing Cooperative.

Cait Reynolds presents There & Back Again—Using Distance to Up the Story Stakes and Pace posted at Kristen Lamb.

Ashley Clark presents Preparing for a Writers’ Conference posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Gabrielle Van Welie presents 5 Quick Proofreading Tips That Have Massive Payoffs posted at The Write Life.

Monica Bohide presents Creating Authenticity from Estate Sale Treasures posted at Writer Unboxed.

Lisa Loving Dalton presents Writing Tips Using Acting Techniques: Part 3 posted at Writers and Authors.

Becca Puglisi presents Finding the Sweet Starting Spot for Your Story posted at Writers Helping Writers.


This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Attack on Titan — Redefining The Protagonist.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Choosing Great Names Within Your Stories.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing Tutor, Bead Roberts.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Adapting Your Stories for Game Play, with Alan Bahr.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Film Rights, KU Recruiting, and Writing Sprints (with Monica Leonelle).

The Business of Creativity

Erica Verrillo presents Getting Your Self-Published Book Into Libraries posted at Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity.

Joanna Penn presents Lessons Learned From 6 Years As An Author Entrepreneur posted at The Creative Penn.

Allsion Tait presents Podcasts: Will They Help You Sell Books? posted at Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris.

Rachelle presents ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT QUERIES posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Bonnie McConaughy presents A New Freelance Writer Shares Tips for Starting Your Freelance Career posted at Beyond Your Blog.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!


So sorry everyone. I’ve come down with the flu. I’ll be back next week with a Carnival and new prompts.


Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Raining Cats and Dogs on Last Door Down the Hall Blog

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 where you were born.

Art Prompt: Paradise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the town, state, or land of your birth.

Photo Credit: Adam Cohn on Flickr

eschew [es-choo] verb (used with object)
  • .to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What do you eschew?

Art Prompt: Eschew

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: Womans-Holy-War on Wikimedia

Sophie Blanchard (25 March 1778 – 6 July 1819) was a French aeronaut and the wife of ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Blanchard was the first woman to work as a professional balloonist, and after her husband’s death she continued ballooning, making more than 60 ascents. Known throughout Europe for her ballooning exploits, Blanchard entertained Napoleon Bonaparte, who promoted her to the role of “Aeronaut of the Official Festivals”, replacing André-Jacques Garnerin. On the restoration of the monarchy in 1814 she performed for Louis XVIII, who named her “Official Aeronaut of the Restoration”.

Ballooning was a risky business for the pioneers. Blanchard lost consciousness on a few occasions, endured freezing temperatures and almost drowned when her balloon crashed in a marsh. In 1819, she became the first woman to be killed in an aviation accident when, during an exhibition in the Tivoli Gardens in Paris, she launched fireworks that ignited the gas in her balloon. Her craft crashed on the roof of a house and she fell to her death. –Wikipedia [See also Prompt #905 Hot Air Ballon Stunts]

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a trailblazer who gives his/her life in pursuit of the goal.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most dangerous thing you ever did.

Art Prompt: Aeronaut

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Sophie Blanchard or another woman who was a pioneer in a field of men.

Photo Credit: Early Flight on Wikimedia

People who climb mountains are lonely people; loneliness is needed. Acquaintances and friends are great things, but climbers need defined mental space that is untouched and unbothered by anyone. –Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a character who requires solitude to achieve his/her goal.

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel lonely? When do you prefer solitude?

Art Prompt: Solitude

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the difference between loneliness and solitude.

Photo Credit: BK on Flickr

Four Times of the Day is a series of four paintings by English artist William Hogarth. Completed in 1736, they were reproduced as a series of four engravings published in 1738. They are humorous depictions of life in the streets of London, the vagaries of fashion, and the interactions between the rich and poor. Unlike many of Hogarth’s other series, such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress, Industry and Idleness, and The Four Stages of Cruelty, it does not depict the story of an individual, but instead focuses on the society of the city. Hogarth intended the series to be humorous rather than instructional; the pictures do not offer a judgment on whether the rich or poor are more deserving of the viewer’s sympathies: while the upper and middle classes tend to provide the focus for each scene, there are fewer of the moral comparisons seen in some of his other works.

The four pictures depict scenes of daily life in various locations in London as the day progresses. Morning shows a prudish spinster making her way to church in Covent Garden past the revellers of the previous night; Noon shows two cultures on opposite sides of the street in St Giles; Evening depicts a dyer’s family returning hot and bothered from a trip to Sadler’s Wells; and Night shows disreputable goings-on around a drunken freemason staggering home near Charing Cross. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the setting is the primary character and follow it through the day.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the four times of your day.

Art Prompt: Four times of the day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite painting.

Photo Credit: Four Times of the Day on Wikimedia