From the monthly archives: September 2013

3973 Problem solving

…people who cheated on a problem-solving task–while having little to gain–experienced a kind of ‘cheater’s high’ (Ruedy et al., 2013). They felt more satisfied with themselves and happier than those who didn’t cheat.
Some people were even specifically reminded after the study how important it was not to cheat. Perversely, these people felt even better!
Even more confusingly, when asked, most people in the study thought that someone who cheated would feel worse, or at least ambivalent afterwards. So, their prediction of how cheaters would feel was completely wrong. –Jeremy Dean

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character who is addicted to the cheater’s high.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever cheated? If so, how did you feel about at the time? A while after?

Art Prompt: Cheater’s High

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the problem of cheating and the cheater’s high.

Photo Credit: godzillante|photochopper on Flickr

Rainbow Lorikeet (Explored)

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by mdalmuld on Flickr.

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 29, 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

Liz Shaw presents Flash Fiction: Faerie Dance in response to Prompt #794 Faerie Dance.

The Creative Mindset

Jeff Goins presents The First Step to Making a Difference: Get Out of Bed posted at Goins Writer.

Ebele presents Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? How doing nothing can win you a Nobel Prize posted at Street-side convos

Sharing Our Work

Kenney Myers presents 10 Kens Famous for Excelling at Unusual Things posted at Kenney Myers

Creativity Quote of the Week

Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening. -John O'Donohue

Writing Tips

Sharon presents Five Tips For Writing Grat Web Content posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Nina Munteanu presents Demystifying the Synopsis posted at Amazing Stories.

James Rollins presents How to Turn Cutting-Edge Science into a Page-Turning Thriller posted at io9.

Art Holcomb presents The Rule Book Part 1 posted at Story Fix. Read Part 2 here.

KM Weiland presents Is Plot or Character More Important? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Nico Lang presents 33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History posted at Thought Catalog.

Jennifer Chase presents Investigating the Psychological Autopsy posted at Author Jennifer Chase.

Brandon Sanderson presents Sanderson’s First Law posted at Brandon Sanderson.

Laura Spencer presents Top Freelancing Tips for Every Stage of Life posted at Freelance Folder.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Murder posted at Write with Fey.

Blogging

Beverly Diehl presents Being Honest, or Career Suicide? #BookReviews posted at Writing in Flow.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is a Q & A session from the Out of Excuses Retreat.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Fashion in Leaves by Tang Chiew Ling posted at This is Colossal.

Journal Writing

Free online journal writing workshop at Conversations Within.

The Business of Creativity

Kitiya Palaskas presents Ready to Give Up Your Day Job? How to Turn Your Hobby Into Your Career posted at Craft Tuts +.

Crafting

Lindsay Ropella presents How to Create a Personal Organizational Binder posted at The Newlywed Notebook

Spam of the Week

It’s an conventional track with Tim’s showcasing his husky and deep voice mail. When you consume a pattern, it would certainly take you to a conclusion.

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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Easter Brings New Life

“This is how my new life came about.” -Valerie Trueblood, Search Party: Stories of Rescue

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 turning point that started you on a new life.

Art Prompt: New Life

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about fresh starts.

Photo Credit: dherman1145 on Flickr

Consort (noun)
1. a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch. Compare prince consort, queen consort.
2. one vessel or ship accompanying another.
3. Music:
a. a group of instrumentalists and singers who perform music, especially old music.
b. a group of instruments of the same family, as viols, played in concert.
4. a companion, associate, or partner: a confidant and consort of heads of state.
5. accord or agreement.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a consort (in any sense of the word) that piques your curiosity.

Art Prompt: Consort

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

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Come, faeries, take me out of this dull house!
Let me have all the freedom I have lost;
Work when I will and idle when I will!
Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
-William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character who wants to leave their humdrum life to dance with the faeries.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever wished that you could run away from it all. Write a fantasy about doing that.

Art Prompt: Faerie Dance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about ways people can escape from their everyday life in just a few minutes a day.

Photo Credit: The artist (formerly) known as Gene on Flickr

Soldier Operates Wheel Barrow Mk 8 Counter IED Robot in Afghanistan

Many of the soldiers she talked to named their robots, usually after a celebrity or current wife or girlfriend (never an ex). Some even painted the robot’s name on the side. Even so, the soldiers told Carpenter the chance of the robot being destroyed did not affect their decision-making over whether to send their robot into harm’s way.
Soldiers told Carpenter their first reaction to a robot being blown up was anger at losing an expensive piece of equipment, but some also described a feeling of loss.
“They would say they were angry when a robot became disabled because it is an important tool, but then they would add ‘poor little guy,’ or they’d say they had a funeral for it,” Carpenter said. –Doree Armstrong

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a soldier who has difficulty when a robot is “killed” in battle.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an inanimate object that you have named and view as alive.

Art Prompt: Military robot

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the human tendency to treat inanimate objects as alive.

Photo Credit: Defence Images on Flickr

Old man

Crozier hurts to the cavity in the center of his self where he is sure his soul had resided until it floated away on a sea of whiskey over the decades. -Dan Simmons, The Terror

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or poem about a character that regrets decades of drinking.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you’ve had with an addict.

Art Prompt: Cavity of the Soul

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the damage that addiction does to the soul and spirit.

Photo Credit: Tetsumo on Flickr

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How long is your memory? Doesn’t matter. No matter what long-term knowledge you have access to, you’re likely to be fooled into thinking that something you noticed recently has just popped up – even if you’ve been seeing it your whole life. Often you see this during news programs in which anchors fret about Kids These Days, but Arnold Zwicky, a linguist, thinks it’s an example of recency illusion.
When some linguistic quirk catches a person’s attention it appears to them as if the language is flooded by this new use of words. Actually, it’s their focus, and not the language, that has changed. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who notices something that haunts him or her.

Journaling Prompt: What did you just notice recently that now you see or hear everywhere? Write about it.

Art Prompt: What are you noticing?

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about this phenomenon and how it has manifested in your life.

Photo Credit: Squirmelia on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 22, 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.

The Creative Mindset

Jeff Goins presents Rules, Discipline, and the Paradox of Creativity posted at Goins Writer.

Resources/Tools

The Creativity Portal provides an Imagination Prompt Generator.

Sharing Our Work

Kenney Myers presents How to Teach Your Kids the Basics of Chess posted at Kenney Myers

Liz Shaw presents Loop de Loop posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

When I began to write for passion, at first nobody seemed to care. But I kept at it, kept doing the best work I could no matter how many (or how few) paid attention. And slowly over time, people took notice. Why? Because there is something attractive about passion. -Jeff Goins

Writing Tips

A. Howitt presents A Fine Line Between Love and Death – How to Write Love Scenes posted at Mythic Scribes.

Michael presents Do Synonyms Exist? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Larry Brooks presents Great Characters Go Faster Deeper Harder posted at Story Fix.

Charlie Jane Anders presents The Only Kind of Sentence You Should Use in Your Fiction posted at io9.

Douglas Smith presents Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 16 in series: Drawing the Line: When to stop submitting a story posted at Amazing Stories.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About Hospitals posted at Write with Fey.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about When Fail Happens in Your Career.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Beautiful LEGO: A New Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Laura Spencer presents 8+ Ways to Keep Your Fears from Messing Up Your Freelancing Business posted at Freelance Folder.

Crafting

Casey presents D.I.Y. Paper Craft Love/Hearts Cut-Out Card Printable Template | Kceh posted at Kceh

Alyssa Poulin presents 31 Things To Make For Halloween Plus Pumpkin Carving Tips posted at How To This And That

Spam of the Week

Amazing difficulties totally, you may been given a whole new readers. What can people advocate with regards to your create that you made at times back? Just about any guaranteed?

Credits

Thanks to Liz Shaw 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!

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