From the monthly archives: February 2014

Dusk Rendezvous

ineffable adjective

  1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
  2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you experienced the ineffable.

Art Prompt: Ineffable

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

Photo Credit: Luminis Kanto on Flickr


Love is made of and from so many things and it takes a different shape for everyone. But this — the reassuring hand steadying quietly — this was what sent us out to nightclubs and on blind dates and out to dinners and movies with almost total strangers. The thought that somewhere — maybe in the most unlikely place — we, too, might find that special someone to stand next to us when things are dire as well as when they are beautiful. –Calculated Loss by Linda L. Richards

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about love that sees someone through adversity.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a painful experience in your life when love helped you get through it.

Art Prompt: What is love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about love and it’s power during a crisis.

Photo Credit: nromagna on Flickr

19th Century justice - Victorian Crime and Punishment

…there are basically four ways of influencing behavior: reward, punishment, restraint, and compulsion. Reward means offering the subject something good for performing an action. Punishment means threatening the subject with something bad for performing an action. Restraint means physically blocking the subject from performing an action, for example preventing the subject from walking on a lawn by putting a fence around it. Compulsion means physically forcing the subject to perform an action, as for example causing a man to get on an airplane by dragging him onto it. –William Skaggs

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your protagonist’s character sketch. How does he or she usually choose to influence behavior? Write a vignette illustrating this.

Journaling Prompt: How do you usually influence behavior? Why do you make this choice?

Art Prompt: Influencing behavior

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the ways to influence behavior. Give them strategies for choosing the best method for any given situation.

Photo Credit: brizzle born and bred on Flickr

My beauty

As she stepped inside the flat ahead of Dave, she turned to face him. “I’m not sure if you realize this but without my flaws I’d be pretty dull. You should know that.” He took her face in both hands. “That goes for everyone, you idiot.” –A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a love scene in which your protagonists celebrate each other’s flaws.

Journaling Prompt: What personal quirk do you think is the most lovable thing about you?

Art Prompt: Personal flaw

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about one of your imperfections.

Photo Credit: XabiX on Flickr

gambling 02

Actor-observer asymmetry is the reason why people who are gambling will throw money away because it’s fun or they had a feeling, and people who aren’t will say they’re foolish for throwing money away. It’s why observers say they would do something different, but statistically do not. We can all look at people behaving badly and say we wouldn’t do that, but are we really looking at the circumstances involved, or have we just decided that we’re not like those other people? –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who says he or she would never do something, but then ends up having to do it to survive.

Journaling Prompt: When do you find yourself judging other people? How often do you find yourself doing the same thing that you judged others for? 

Art Prompt: Actor-Observer Asymmetry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about actor-observer asymmetry and give them strategies for recognizing it and changing judgment into learning.

Photo Credit: TheChanel on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 23, 2014. 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

Kiley Yanay presents Here’s To The Creative Types posted at Thought Catalog.

Quinn presents The Pull of Inner Critic and Inner Hero posted at Quinn Creative.

Jane Porter presents 5 Ways we Neglect Our Own Creativity and How to Bring it Back posted at Fast Company.


Hemingway helps you edit your writing.


Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. -Mary Lou Cook

Writing Tips

Antonio del Drago presents 5 Characteristics of an Epic Villain posted at Mythic Scribes.

Chris Gerwel presents Crossroads: Speculative Devices in Police Procedurals posted at Amazing Stories.

Maria Popova presents John Updike on Making Money, How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things for Aspiring Writers to Know posted at BrainPickings.

Michael presents You Are What You Read posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Larry Brooks presents The Ugly Truth About Writer’s Block and the Beautiful Way to Kick It posted at StoryFix.

Zac Johnson presents Quick Author Tips for Writing Your First Book posted at Blogging Tips.

Staff presents How To Come Up With A Great Title For Your Book (Or Story Or Poem) posted at Writer’s Relief.

Walter Glenn presents How To Use Evernote for Writing Fiction posted at LifeHacker.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Character with a Disease or Disability posted at Write with Fey.


Robert Bruce presents How to Build an Audience with Story (From America’s Greatest Living Playwright) posted at CopyBlogger.

Skellie presents Use These 10 Tips to Write Your Most Popular Post Ever posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Shannon Willoby presents Put a Little Pop (Culture) Into Your Blog Post and Get More Views posted at Marketing Profs.

Creativity Prompts

Robert Gonzales presents This is Where My Visions Go posted at io9.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Last Pass Revisions with Eric James Stone.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja posted at This is Colossal.

Journal Writing

Miriam Schulman presents What makes you feel healthy: mind body and soul? posted at Schulman Art.

Cindy Michaud presents Opening Channels of Creativity posted at Sweet Repeats.

The Business of Creativity

Courtney Seiter presents 29 Free Internet Tools To Improve Your Marketing Starting Today posted at Buffer.

Hannah presents 10 Must Read Articles for the Creative Entrepreneurial Wannabe posted at iHannah.

James Altucher presents How to Write for a Living posted at The Altucher Confidential.

Jeff Goins presents The Very Best Way to Get Rejected Every Time posted at Goins Writer.

David Trounce presents How to Find Writing Jobs Online posted at MalleeBlue.

Spam of the Week

My spouse and i savour, bring about I ran across exactly what I had been having a look intended for. You’ve was over this 4 working day lengthy seek out! God Thank you man. Possess a great morning. L8rs

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!

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Life Writer / Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau

There was once a writer who suffered an obscure insanity: so obscure that no one shared the prognosis, that no records of it existed in the annals of medical history, that physicians and psychiatrists were only able to diagnose the writer with suffering from himself. -Niko De Silva, The Man Who Became Words

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: If you have ever had something that was difficult to diagnose, write about the experience of being a mystery.

Art Prompt: Medical mystery

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a medical condition you had.

Photo Credit: Ars Electronica on Flickr

OOF Sparkles

coruscate verb (used without object), cor·us·cat·ed, cor·us·cat·ing.
to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.

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

Journaling Prompt: When do you sparkle? What do you need to sparkle all the time?

Art Prompt: Coruscate

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

Photo Credit: { pranav } on Flickr

Cubicle Farm, Louisville, KY, 2004

According to Parkinson’s Law, bureaucracies tend to expand for two main reasons: first, that bureaucrats naturally make extra work for each other, and second, that bureaucrats like to increase the number of people they are in charge of. –C. Northcote Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Law by Leo Gough

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a worker inside a crazy bureaucracy.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal experience with bureaucracies, whether it’s as an employee or as a customer.

Art Prompt: Expanding bureaucracy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: prompt here

Photo Credit: silverfuture on Flickr