From the monthly archives: June 2013

House, gables, cedar shakes, arched fence entrance, view of Lake Washington, North Matthews Beach, Sand Point Way Uplands, Seattle, Washington, USA

“They lived, when he was growing up, in a simple house, an old bungalow with a converted attic and sides covered in cedar shake.” -Brian Evenson, Windeye

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 the house where you grew up.

Art Prompt: Bungalow

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the first memories you have of the house where you grew up.

Photo Credit: Wonderlane on Flickr

Daydream in Blue - I Monster

reverie: A state of dreaming while awake; a loose or irregular train of thought;
musing or meditation; daydream.

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

Journaling Prompt: Where and when is your favorite time/place to daydream? Write about a daydream that you enjoyed indulging in.

Art Prompt: Reverie

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

Photo Credit: JanetR3 on Flickr

Princess Mary Tudor, Daughter of Henry VII, Sister of Henry VIII

…for a single woman to proclaim herself queen in the face of those who had the armed force of the kingdom in their hands, appeared like madness. Little confidence could be placed in her supposed friends, since they had wanted resolution to refuse their signatures to the instrument of her deposition. -James Anthony Froude, The Reign of Mary Tudor

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a woman’s struggle to assert her right to a throne.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you needed to take leadership even though you had no authority to do so.

Art Prompt: Mary Tudor

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the short and bloody reign of Mary Tudor with an emphasis on what today’s leaders can learn from her mistakes.

Photo Credit: lisby1 on Flickr

…in general, people are more likely to lie when time is short. When time isn’t a concern, people may only lie when they have justifications for doing so.
“One implication of the current findings is that to increase the likelihood of honest behavior in business or personal settings, it is important not push a person into a corner but rather to give him or her time,” explains Shalvi. “People usually know it is wrong to lie, they just need time to do the right thing.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist into a situation where the time pressure forces him or her to lie.

Journaling Prompt: Do you tell the truth under pressure, or do you feel justified in lying.

Art Prompt: Liar

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the conditions under which honest people will lie and how employers can encourage and reward honesty.

Photo Credit: Z S on Flickr
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ghost in the window

Memory is a ghost that haunts you. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a character haunted by a memory.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a memory that haunts you.

Art Prompt: The ghost of memory

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about how they can exorcise the ghost of a painful memory.

Photo Credit: The Raggedy-man on Flickr

On Thursday February 11, 1858, a week before Lent would begin on Ash Wednesday February 17, a 14-year-old Bernadette was out gathering firewood with her sister and a friend at the grotto of Massabielle outside Lourdes, when she reportedly had the first of 18 visions of what she termed “a small young lady” (uo petito damizelo) standing in a niche in the rock. Her sister and her friend stated that they had seen nothing. On her third visit, she said that the “beautiful lady” asked her to return to the grotto every day for 15 days. At first her mother had forbidden her to go, but Bernadette persuaded her mother to allow her. The apparition did not identify herself until the 17th vision, although the townspeople who believed she was telling the truth assumed she saw the Virgin Mary. Bernadette never claimed it to be Mary, calling what she saw simply “Aquerò” (or rather “that thing”)… Bernadette described the lady as wearing a white veil and a blue girdle; she had a golden rose on each foot and held a rosary of pearls. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story about a character whose live is changed by a religious apparition.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about religious apparitions and the people who see them?

Art Prompt: Religious apparitions

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the story of a famous apparition and how the story of it continues to live in today’s world.

Photo Credit: DominusVobiscum on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 16, 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.

Sharing Our Work

Liz Shaw presents Puppies vs. Kittens posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Kerin Gedge presents The Vocabuverse: The Cleverly Devised Poetical Dictionary of Mostly English Words by Kerin Gedge posted at The Vocabuverse

Writing Quote of the Week

What's writing really about? It's about trying to take fully possession of the reality of your life. -Ted Hughes

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Rules for Writing: Don’t Use Very posted at Write with Fey.

David Leonhardt presents How to write the plot of a story posted at A Ghost Writers Blog

Alistair Savage presents Flash Fiction posted at Amazing Stories.

Charlie Jane Anders presents How to Write a Sincere First Draft of Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Epic posted at io9.

Erin presents Dialogue Dos and Don’ts posted at Daily Writing Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about answering listener questions, or Microcasting.

The Business of Creativity

Carol Lynn Rivera presents How To Write An Email Newsletter (That People Will Read) posted at Web Search Social.

Jamie M. Swanson presents Heavyweight Help: The Complete Guide to Getting Started on Pinterest posted at ProBlogger.


Thanks to Photoshop Roadmap for the background for today’s writing quote.

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


Everybody Likes Stone Stacks

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by stachelig on Flickr.

Inside the Recipe Box

“Do you want my recipe for disaster?” -A. M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven

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 your favorite recipe for disaster.

Art Prompt: Recipe for Disaster

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about a disaster you created.

Photo Credit: shimelle on Flickr

Let's Do 52 :: 38:52 :: Noisy

cacophonous: Containing, consisting of, or producing harsh, unpleasant or discordant sounds.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a sound that you hate and a sound that you love. Why have you attached these emotions to these sounds?

Art Prompt: Cacophonous

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

Photo Credit: latteda on Flickr