saturday chase

The sound of the chase confirmed he’d been right: they were heading his way. –Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Tiger and the Wolf

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 a time when you felt like someone was breathing down your neck.

Art Prompt: The Chase

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story with a chase scene.

Photo Credit: Maxi Walton on Flickr

friday maudlin

Maudlin adj
  • tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
  • foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you get maudlin about?

Art Prompt: Maudlin

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

Photo Credit: Dee Ashley on Flickr

thursday immigration

Choosing to emigrate was not an easy decision. In a culture in which family and community ties were so strong, the decision to leave it all behind was heart-wrenching. Emigrants knew that they would probably never see their loved ones again. Friends and family often held mock wakes for emigrants on the night before their departure, symbolic of the permanent separation that was coming between them. –101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle by Ryan Hackney and Amy Hackney Blackwell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who decides to leave their home and culture to go to a new place.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the immigrants that come into your country?

Art Prompt: Emigrate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a wave of emigrants – historical or current.

Photo Credit: Corey’sWorld (MDCoreBear) on Flickr

wed order of the garter

Various legends account for the origin of the Order [of the Garter]. The most popular legend involves the “Countess of Salisbury” (either Edward’s future daughter-in-law Joan of Kent or her former mother-in-law, Catherine Montacute, Countess of Salisbury). While she was dancing at a court ball at Calais, her garter is said to have slipped from her leg. When the surrounding courtiers sniggered, the king picked it up and returned it to her, exclaiming, “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (“Shame on him who thinks evil of it.”), the phrase that has become the motto of the Order. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create an order for your world. Include a back story, a motto, and an insignia.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about orders and clubs? Do you belong to any? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: The Order of the Garter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about an organization that you belong to and how it was formed.

Photo Credit: dun_deagh on Flickr

tuesday purple monster

As I was finishing, I heard a crashing noise. A horned and tusked purple thing went racing along the ridge to my right pursued by a hairless orange-skinned creature with long claws and a forked tail. Both were wailing in different keys.

I nodded. It was just one damned thing after another. –Roger Zelazney, Trumps of Doom

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use wordplay in whatever  you write today.

Journaling Prompt: How do you deal with “monsters” who seem to all pile on at the same time.

Art Prompt: Monster

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to deal with life when it seems like everything is going wrong.

Photo Credit: steve loya on Flickr

monday genghis khan

Distrust is the main reason why leaders impose punishments on the people over whom they have power. This is clearly demonstrated by Marlon Mooijman’s PhD research. ‘Leaders expect other people not to obey the rules, and punish them on the basis of this distrust.’ Ironically, it turns out that these punishments are not very effective and perhaps even exacerbate the situation, continues Mooijman. ‘When people feel distrusted, they are less likely to obey the rules. They see this assumption on the part of the leaders as a sign of disrespect. It also violates an implicit social contract: ‘If you treat me well, I will act accordingly.’ –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone working under a distrustful, cruel leader.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to a leader who punishes you?

Art Prompt: Distrust

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about leadership styles and how they affect the people being led.

Photo Credit: SS&SS on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 17, 2016. 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

Joe Kawano presents STORIES ARE SEEDED FROM HOPE posted at Launch Your Universe.

Jennifer presents How I’m STILL Learning to Write posted at Jennifer Louden.

Bryan Hutchison presents What Do You Love Most About Writing? posted at Positive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Fracas in response to Prompt #1786 Only Regrets.




Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents I Think That I Shall Never See . . . posted at View from the Winepress.

Colin presents Winter in Bali posted at Colin Switalski.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: HALF WAY HOME BY HUGH HOWEY posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week


Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents How Long Should a Paragraph Be? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents How to Avoid Middle Slumps–Maintaining Tension in Your Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents How to Write a Fight Scene (in 11 Steps) posted at Better Novel Project.

Jody presents 3 Main Reasons Why People Read Romance Novels posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents My Writing Process, Pt. 2 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Deepen the World Building and Setting posted at Fiction University.

John Wong presents The Metrics of Writing posted at Mythic Scribes.

Larry Brooks presents The Key to Criteria-Driven Story Development posted at Story Fix.

Jo Malby presents A. L. KENNEDY’S 10 RULES FOR WRITING FICTION posted at Inspire Portal.

Ali Luke presents Are You Using “Said” Too Frequently? Dialogue Tags and Dialogue Beats Explained posted at Aliventures.

Lauren presents INFJ OBSESSION: ARCHETYPE AND THE PSYCHIC BOND posted at Lauren Sapala.


Jennifer Banks Brown presents Are You Sabotaging Your Blog’s Success? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Ali Luke presents Five Ways to Do Something Different With Your Content Today posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Horror as a Subgenre.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Audio, Contracts and Product Placement.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Podcasting for Writers Without Wasting Your Time.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Online Marketing for Busy Authors, with Fauzia Burke.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba posted at This is Colossal.


Claire de Boer presents Permission To Live Your Own Life posted at The Gift of Writing.

Linda Fairburn presents Linda’s Story-Map Journal – Travel Journal Interviews posted at Journey Jottings.

Terri Pous presents 18 Undeniable Things All People Who Are Obsessed With Journals Know To Be True posted at BuzzFeed.

Jen presents Journal spotlight: Dream journal posted at Journal Wild.

Julie Shahin presents Art Journaling 101: Why Art Journal? posted at Tangie Baxter & Co.

The Business of Creativity

Rachelle presents How to Talk to Publishers and Agents posted at Rachelle Gardner.

John Soares presents How Freelance Writers Land Great Clients on the Phone posted at Productive Writers.

Ashley Gainer presents When Your Freelance Blogging Fears Get the Best of You, Use These 3 Reminders posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

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


sunday reader

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

saturday bedtime story

“Tell me a story,” said Se. She had changed into her pajamas all by herself and snuggled under the blankets. –Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon by Ken Liu

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: What was your favorite bedtime story when you were a kid?

Art Prompt: Bedtime story

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Re-tell your favorite childhood story.

Photo Credit: Kimberly K. on Flickr

friday newspeak

newspeak n
  • A mode of talk by politicians and officials using ambiguous words to deceive the listener.

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

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about politicians and officials using newspeak?

Art Prompt: Newspeak

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

Photo Credit: enchantiva on Flickr