From the monthly archives: April 2013

26/365: A tribute to nosy aunties and aunty-like uncles...

The words of a traitor cut deeper than any blade, forged by the hand of man. – DeWayne Kunkel, Blackthorn

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story scene or poem about betrayal.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt betrayed. How did you cope with it?

Art Prompt: Traitor

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about an historic betrayal.

Photo Credit: jin.thai on Flickr


“For people who already feel separate from the crowd, social rejection can be a form of validation,” says Johns Hopkins Carey Business School assistant professor Sharon Kim, the study’s lead author. “Rejection confirms for independent people what they already feel about themselves, that they’re not like others. For such people, that distinction is a positive one leading them to greater creativity.”
Social rejection has the opposite effect on people who value belonging to a group: It inhibits their cognitive ability. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character who values being part of a group and their experience with rejection. Write the same story but this time with a character who already feels separate from the crowd.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when you are rejected?

Art Prompt: Social Rejection and Creativity

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about your experiences with rejection and give your audience information on how to constructively handle rejection.

Photo Credit: Janet 59 on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 28, 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.


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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Through the Looking Glass posted at View from the Winepress.

Writing Quote of the Week

Creativity is blue-collar work. It's not magical or mystical. It may be a little spiritual, but at the end of the day, it's about putting the hours in. -Jeff Goins

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Chrys’ Writing Rules: Don’t Leave Anything Out posted at Write with Fey.

Rob Grindstaff presents Bring your fiction to life by understanding the characters: An editor’s how-to guide posted at Novel Publicity.

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

Tanner Christensen presents Seven steps to creative breakthroughs. posted at Creative Something.

David Bakke presents 5 Time Management Tips for Writers Who Work From Home posted at BookBaby.

Cynthia Morris presents My Secret Sauce for Creative Success posted at Original Impulse.

Suw Charman-Anderson presents 5 Key Lessons for Authors and Self-Publishers from Neil Gaiman posted at Forbes.

Jennifer Miller presents How To Tell If You’re Creative (Hint: You Might Be A Bit Of A Jerk) posted at Fast Company.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is Brainstorming with Brandon Again. This is a great look at the creative process.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer posted at Amazing Stories.

Spam of the Week

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Thanks to DeaPeaJay for the background for today’s writing quote.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for the May 12 Carnival of Creativity by Friday May 10 at midnight!

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Shadows and light on a summer morning in Platt Fields Park in Rusholme, Manchester, UK

“There were once two little girls who saw, or believed they saw, a thing in a forest.” -A.S. Byatt, Little Black Book of Stories

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 how being in a forest makes you feel.

Art Prompt: Mysterious thing in the forest

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a scary time you spent in a forest.

Photo Credit: Alex Pepperhill on Flickr


1. (intransitive) To move about in roving fashion looking for plunder.
2. (transitive) To raid and pillage
3. To act aggressively.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with people who are out of control. How did you feel? What did you do?

Art Prompt: Maraud

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

Photo Credit: roberthuffstutter on Flickr

The mountain sat impassively behind her, but its pull was nonetheless magnetic. A task once undertaken was to be completed. It was her dogma. Her self-definition. -Jennifer Jordan, Savage Summit

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem based on today’s reading.

Journaling Prompt: What is exerting a magnetic pull on your life?

Art Prompt: The Pull of the Mountain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about something that has a magnetic pull on your life.

Photo Credit: on Flickr

Take that, Baskin-Robbins

Retailers have known for decades that consumers prefer large selections and are lured by more options and greater variety. For example, when planning a family outing to an ice cream shop this coming weekend, a consumer would most likely choose the local shop offering 33 flavors over another in the neighborhood offering fewer options.
How universal is this demand for more choice? Are there instances when smaller selections are acceptable or even desirable? The authors find that consumer preference for larger selections decreased for psychologically distant decisions, such as when consumers have to make decisions that are six months away or while on vacation across the country. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How does your character make decisions? Does he or she prefer a big selection or a small selection of the more popular choices? What are his or her “go to” choices in common decisions, like ice cream flavor, type of reading material, meal at restaurants, leisure activities, etc.?

Journaling Prompt: Do you prefer a large number of choices or a small number? Why? Does it vary on the type of decision?

Art Prompt: Too Many Choices

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how to deal with choice overload.

Photo Credit: technodad on Flickr

Colonel William Claus

Stephen Holmboe wore checked trousers with a matching loose-fitting jacket designed in the high-buttoned style. His cravat was wide and flowing, matching the solid off-white of his shirt. In short, he was quite the swell—but a swell who would have been out of style even a decade before. Mr. Holmboe’s manner of dressing his brilliant golden blond hair continued this motif. It was longer than was currently fashionable, as were his bushy side-whiskers and mustache. Curtseying to Mr. Holmboe’s bow, Jenny felt rather as if she were being introduced to an enormous ambulatory dandelion. –The Buried Pyramid, Jane Linskold

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a descriptive paragraph for one of your characters.

Journaling Prompt: How do people describe you?

Art Prompt: Swell

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a person with a emphasis on physical description.

Photo Credit: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives on Flickr

Life is about Choices

Every day we have to make a number of choices, and it is not always easy to know what the right choice is. That is why we often seek advice from others before making decisions. The Internet provides us with entirely new ways of finding out what other people feel about different products and services….
The second experiment showed the same results as the first one. Participants who used their emotions were influenced, while those who followed their sense of logic were unaffected by reviewers who resembled themselves. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a short story about a character who has to make a big decision.

Journaling Prompt: How do you get advice when you are facing a decision?

Art Prompt: Decisions

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about techniques for using advice to come to a decision.

Photo Credit: Playingwithbrushes on Flickr