From the monthly archives: January 2013

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He debated whether to tell the others, but decided to let them find it on their own, if they did. If he was right, this changed everything. -David Baldacci, Split Second

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a discovery that changes everything, but it’s kept secret.

Journaling Prompt: When do you keep secrets? When are you likely to reveal them?

Art Prompt: Keeping Secrets

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous speech about a time you kept a secret and it backfired.

Photo Credit: adamsmithjr on Flickr

king of pop

The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume, according to a Kansas State University cognitive psychologist. Richard Harris, professor of psychology, has studied a number of aspects of the psychology of mass communication. His focus has been on how people acquire knowledge from media. Among his studies has been an examination of how watching certain media with different people influences the experience. He has also studied how people remember certain media experiences.

Harris says many people develop relationships with media characters in a similar manner to how they do so in real life. This phenomenon is referred to as parasocial interaction. The one-sided relationship is most commonly observed between celebrities and their fans…

Spontaneous displays of grieving after the death of a famous person or celebrity are not new. For example, impromptu memorials appeared for Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and John Lennon following their deaths.

Harris said these losses have a distinct difference from the loss of a family member. “We don’t have the social structures and support for grieving the loss of a media character or, in particular, a fictional character,” Harris said. “Somebody’s real upset that their favorite soap opera character was killed off yesterday and they tell someone about that and they laugh. It’s a very different reaction than if their grandmother had died.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the death of a celebrity and the world’s reaction to it. Put in a surprise twist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you react to the death of celebrities.

Art Prompt: Celebrity Death

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the obsession with celebrity and how it affects culture.

Photo Credit: Cain and Todd Benson on Flickr

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The dragon is a myth given veracity by the fossil record that offers dinosaur remains as proof positive of the monsters who had possessed the world, once. The dragon is a monster that carries any burden we give it—terror, wish-granter, lesson. -Genevieve Valentine, Three Dragons (free to read at Fantasy Magazine)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about dragons.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a mythological creature that fascinates you.

Art Prompt: Dragons

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the mythology of your favorite creature and explain what it symbolizes to you.

Photo Credit: balt-arts on Flickr

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The great majority of the parents (88 per cent) answered that they did not think that there were disadvantages for their child in having an imaginary friend. Parents saw the main reasons for having invisible friends as supporting fantasy play and as a companion to play and have fun with. Parents also gave numerous examples of how invisible friends helped their children process and cope with life events.
Younger children also used their interactions with invisible friends to test their parents’ reactions to behaviour that might be disapproved of, thus helping them learn to regulate their behaviour. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child and his or her imaginary friend.

Journaling Prompt: Did you have an imaginary friend or a stuffed animal that you believed was alive?

Art Prompt: Imaginary Friend

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how parents should deal with a child’s imaginary friend.

Photo Credit: dospaz on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 5, 2013. 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.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Eula McLeod presents Come Fill Me Again in response to Writing Reader prompt #540 Leavin’ on a Jet Plane.

The Creative Mindset

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom presents Creativity Takes Courage posted at Club Creative Studios.

Shaun Rosenberg presents The Scamper Technique, Creativity In The Workplace And Beyond! posted at Shaun Rosenberg

Sharing Our Work

Beth presents The Truth About Rejection Letters posted at Shimmer.

Joe Bunting presents Does Your Story Really Matter? posted at The Write Practice.

Cathy presents Banned words posted at Write a Novel in 10 Minutes Flat.

Frances presents Yoga! posted at Ramblings of a Teenager

Andrew M. Crusoe presents How to Release Attachment to Outcomes & Embrace Joy in the Present Moment posted at Byteful Travel

Jack Adams presents Today felt weird posted at Something for the day

Writing Quote of the Week

“Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.” -George R. R. Martin

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents How To Write A Short Story posted at Write with Fey.

Deborah Jones presents Finding Story Ideas Through Pinterest posted at Writing Out Loud.

Gabriela Pereira presents Prompt: Make A Writer’s Block Survival Kit posted at DIY MFA.

Brian Klems presents 5 Ways to Come Up With Great Story Ideas posted at Writer’s Digest.

Salon presents Salon’s guide to writing a memoir posted at Salon.


Last week’s podcast at Writing Excuses was all about The Hero’s Journey and this week’s is all about including pets in your stories.

 The Business of Creativity

Douglas Smith presents Why Short Fiction?: The benefits of the short game to a writing career posted at Amazing Stories.

Beth Barany presents Why Writers Need to Use Pinterest posted at Writer’s Fun Zone.


Maureen Rostad presents Upcycling Making Colored Jeans posted at Upcycled Fashionista.

Spam of the Week

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

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Andrew Malone on Flickr.

Hide and go seek!

“Twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine—thirty.” Pippa took in a deep breath and yelled as loud as her six-year-old lungs would allow. “Ready or not, here I come!” Anthony Eglin, Garden of Secrets Past

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene beginning with the First Line of the Week.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your memories of childhood friends and the games you played.

Art Prompt: Hide and Go Seek

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the lessons you learned from the games of your childhood.

Photo Credit: jakarachuonyo on Flickr

James Stewart

protean adjective:
1. Assuming many forms: variable.
2. Able to handle many different things, as roles in a play. Versatile.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, poem, or haiku using the Word of the Week.

Journaling Prompt: Who does this word remind you of and why?

Art Prompt: Protean

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

Photo Credit: twm1340 on Flickr


Resistance increases the more people sense that they cannot influence what is happening to them. -Ken Blanchard, Leading at a Higher Level

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a resistance movement fighting against a conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you respond to change. Does your level of resistance change if you have some control in the process?

Art Prompt: Resistance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write an article informing your audience about ways that they can decrease resistance to change.

Photo Credit: zoonabar on Flickr


If you look carefully, you will find people all around you who show few signs of life. They haven’t flatlined yet, but they stopped singing long ago. Rarely do their hearts race in excitement over the possibilities held by a new day. They lurch through the darkness like zombies, clinging to memories of what life used to be. But deep inside they long to live again. —Ken Davis, Fully Alive

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who is apathetic, then has an experience that brings them fully alive again.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been close to metaphorically flatlining? What brought you out of it?

Art Prompt: Flatliner

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Challenge your audience to break through any apathy they are feeling to become fully alive.

Photo Credit: stefg74 on Flickr