When he finished packing, he walked out on to the third-floor porch of the barracks brushing the dust from his hands, a very neat and deceptively slim young man in the summer khakis that were still early morning fresh. –From Here to Eternity by James Jones

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: How do you picture life in a barracks?

Art Prompt: Barracks

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about waking up early to pack and leave.

Photo Credit: king of monks on Flickr

victory lap n
  • (sports) An extra lap of the race track taken after the conclusion of a race.
  • (US, education, slang) One or more years of study beyond the traditional four taken to complete one’s undergraduate degree.

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

Journaling Prompt: What would you like to be able to take a victory lap for and why?

Art Prompt: Victory lap

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

Photo Credit: U.S. Army on Flickr

[Johnny] Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack. In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a whirling head saw in the mill where he worked and was almost cut in two. He suffered for over a week before he died on May 20, 1944, at age 15. Cash often spoke of the horrible guilt he felt over this incident. According to Cash: The Autobiography, his father was away that morning, but he and his mother, and Jack himself, all had premonitions or a sense of foreboding about that day, causing his mother to urge Jack to skip work and go fishing with his brother. Jack insisted on working, as the family needed the money. On his deathbed, Jack said he had visions of Heaven and angels. Decades later, Cash spoke of looking forward to meeting his brother in Heaven. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of brothers who are separated by tragedy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with a sibling.

Art Prompt: Brotherly love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Johnny Cash’s tragic history.

Photo Credit: Jack Cash’s Gravestone on Wikimedia

Hi, I’m a hero, but I can’t tell you why. It’s classified. –Cetaganda by Louise MacMaster Bujold

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a hero who can’t talk about what he or she does.

Journaling Prompt: Who is your unknown everyday hero?

Art Prompt: Hero

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a hero in your life.

Photo Credit: Martin Biskoping on Flickr

There was a shop in London called Merlin’s Mechanical Museum, run by this crazy guy John-Joseph Merlin, with all these incredible mechanical contraptions. Merlin also had an upstairs attic where he kept special things. There he had an automated dancer who was very elegant and had these humanlike movements. In 1801, an eight-year-old boy is brought to Merlin’s Museum by his mother. Merlin senses something interesting in this kid, so he invited him and his mom into the upstairs attic and showed the boy the automated dancing lady. The boy was completely taken in and later writes in his memoirs how she had an alluring appeal for him.

That little boy was Charles Babbage, who many years later continues his obsession with automation, like the new industrial machines proliferating across northern England, and writes a seminal book about them that influences Karl Marx. Eventually, Babbage starts thinking about how you can take that kind of machinery and use it for computation and calculation. He designs two machines that are rightly considered the first programmable computers. –Fun and Games Led to Some of the World’s Greatest Inventions by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a young child who is inspired by a toy and changes the world.

Journaling Prompt: What was the most inspiring thing that you remember from your years as a child.

Art Prompt: Inspiring toys

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of how toys have inspired inventions.

Photo Credit: Babbage Difference Engine on Wikimedia

Five hundred yards away from the house, in the deep woods, lies Mr. Mills behind a log. He is dressed in armed forces-issue camouflage, and his face is covered with black and green paint. He holds a pair of binoculars in his right hand and a phone in his left. Behind him is another man wearing all black, his face covered with a black ski mask. This man kneels down next to a small satellite dish that points toward the southeast. –Who Is Malcolm Black? by Marcus T. Naef

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that begins with a stake out like that described in the quote.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been afraid that someone was watching you from the woods? How did you feel? How did you handle it?

Art Prompt: Watching from the deep woods

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how agencies conduct stakeouts in rural areas. 

Photo Credit: Katie Dalton on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 15, 2017. 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

Jody presents 6 Things I Tell Myself Once I’m Done Writing a Book posted at Jody Hedlund.

Lisa presents If You Want to Create: 47 Ways to Get Started & Keep Going posted at Lisa Sonora.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Ann WJ White presents Writing Prompt: Voluble in response to Prompt #1968 Word of the Week – Voluble.

Reena presents Navigating through life in response to Prompt #1943 Visual Prompt – Mythical Flight.

Lady Lee Manila presents Take Time to Smell the Roses in response to Prompt #1963 Visual Prompt of the Week – Take Time to Smell the Roses.



Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Living Dangerously posted at View from the Winepress.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal #writingprompt 52: Power posted at Nadaness in Motion.


HiveWord presents The Writer’s Knowledge Base.

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents When Dialogue Gets Weird: Representing Unorthodox Forms of Speech on the Page (Text Conversations, Psychic Communication, etc) posted at AliVentures.

Christine Frazier presents Why Your Hero Should Eavesdrop and Make a Bad Assumption (in 4 steps) posted at Better Novel Project.

Mark Nichol presents Responses to Questions About Capitalization posted at Daily Writing Tips.

KM Weiland presents If You Don’t Fix This Mistake in Your Story’s Climax, You’ll Hate Yourself Later posted at WordPlay.

Jennifer presents What Does Finding Your Writing Voice Do For You? posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Janice Hardy presents Do You Suffer From NWS?: Living With Nice Writer Syndrome posted at Fiction University.

Kitty Pilgrim presents Fact-based Fiction posted at Writer’s Digest.

Joe Kawano presents 3 PLACES TO LOOK FOR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR STORIES posted at Launch Your Universe.

DiAnn Mills presents How to Help a Writer Brainstorm posted at The Write Conversation.

Anthony Ehler presents Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 23: Reality Bites posted at Writers Write.


This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Lifetime Bans, Community, and the Big 5 Decline.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Ask Us Anything.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Drama Q&A, with Tananarive Due.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Self Publishing – Formatting a Paperback.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Million Dollar Baby – Gear Shift Movies.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson posted at This is Colossal.

Editor presents FIONA WOODCOCK posted at I Need a Guide.


Akiyo Kano presents JOURNALING PROMPTS TO BEAT ART WOUNDS posted at Journaling Sage.

Dolly Garland presents Journaling Exercise: What does Independence Mean to You? posted at Kaizen Journaling.

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. presents 30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery posted at Psych Central.

The Business of Creativity

Editors presents Stay Focused on Your Business Vision posted at Art Business Institute.

John Soares presents Where Smart Freelance Writers Network In-Person posted at Productive Writers.

Cassie Phillips presents HOW WRITERS CAN PROTECT THEIR WORK posted at Writerology.

Editors presents How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors posted at Writer’s Relief.

Kim Liao presents WHY YOU SHOULD AIM FOR 100 REJECTIONS A YEAR posted at LitHub.

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


Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Sharon Brogan on Flickr

On the hottest day of July, trolling in dead-calm waters near Key West, a tourist named James Mayberry reeled up a human arm. –Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

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 is the strangest thing you’ve ever caught?

Art Prompt: Trolling

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a fish story.

Photo Credit: anoldent on Flickr

Voluble adj
  • Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
  • Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
  • (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a friend of yours who is voluble.

Art Prompt: Voluble

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

Photo Credit: Moiggi Interactive on Flickr