From the monthly archives: March 2014

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“One of our most fundamental needs is for social connection and a feeling that we belong,” Dr. Bohns says. “Saying “no” feels threatening to our relationships and that feeling of connectedness.” And we worry that saying “no” will change the way the other person views us, and make him or her feel badly.
Sadly, it often does hurt feelings. “No” is a rejection. Neuroscience has shown our brains have a greater reaction to the negative than to the positive. Negative information produces a bigger and swifter surge of electrical activity in the cerebral cortex than does positive information. Negative memories are stronger than positive ones. All of this is to protect us: A strong memory of something hurtful helps us remember to avoid it in the future.
Even so, psychologists say, most people probably won’t take our “no” as badly as we think they will. That’s because of something called a “harshness bias”—our tendency to believe others will judge us more severely than they actually do. “Chances are the consequences of saying “no” are much worse in our heads than they would ever be in reality,” Dr. Bohns says. -Elizabeth Berstein

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character has to say know. Include the inner monologue.

Journaling Prompt: Are you afraid to say no? What drives that fear?

Art Prompt: Saying no

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about tactics they can use to overcome their resistance to saying no.

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We flying monkeys get no respect. –Dale Ivan Smith, The Fez Shackle

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: The flying monkeys gave me nightmares when I was a kid. What gave you nightmares?

Art Prompt: Flying Monkeys

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a tall tale and incorporate flying monkeys.

Photo Credit: Travelin’ Librarian on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 30, 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

Nolwenn Petitbois presents What Being in a Creative Funk Teaches Me posted at Inner Voices.

Crystal Neubauer presents Slow Down Sunday Weekly Review: A Day In the Life of an Artist- Lessons Learned on The Road posted at Other Peoples’ Flowers.

Belle Beth Cooper presents Sleep Your Way to Creativity And 9 More Surefire Methods For More Ideas posted at Buffer.

James Clear presents The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation (They Do This Instead) posted at Thought Catalog.


The Random Word Generator.

Creativity Quote of the Week

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Writing Tips

Steven M. Long presents Happy or Sad: Earning the Ending posted at Steven M. Long.

Ali Hale presents Dialogue Writing Tips posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Maria Popova presents Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have posted at Brain Pickings.

Robert Jones presents ARCHETYPES: Empowering Source-Driven Characters and Plots posted at StoryFix.

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


Demian Farnworth presents 12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today posted at Copy Blogger.

John Conor presents 10 Things You Should Know About Guest Blogging posted at Blogging Tips.

Daniel Scocco presents How to Write Scannable Content: A 6-Step Approach posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Creativity Prompts

Annalee Newitz and Joseph Bennington-Castro presents The 10 Most Important Theories About Why We Make War posted at io9.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Microcasting! Twice in a row!.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist posted at This is Colossal.

Journal Writing

Alan Henry presents Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours) posted at Life Hacker.

The Business of Creativity

Thomas James presents How to Find an Art Rep posted at Illustration Friday.

Matt Mitrovich presents Emailing a Book Blogger About a Review and Why First Impressions Matter posted at Amazing Stories.

Cate Morgan presents Navigating the Self-Publishing Fandango posted at Mythic Scribes.

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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redact verb (used with object)

  • to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.
  • to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).

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

Journaling Prompt: If your journals were published, would you want sections of them redacted? Why?

Art Prompt: Redacted

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

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girls, girls, girls..

Why do boys say someone acts like a girl as if it were an insult? –Tamora Pierce, In the Hand of the Goddess

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a boy or a man who uses this phrase and then has to eat his words.

Journaling Prompt: Have you heard this phrase applied to you? How did it make you feel? Can you reframe it so that it is a compliment?

Art Prompt: Act like a girl

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how acting like a girl can improve your life.

Photo Credit: the apostrophe on Flickr

Duck Eggs

In 1895, rumors started swirling that duck nests were being raided. Companies needed the albumin in eggs for industrial applications, and were grabbing up eggs from nesting grounds. If things kept going, most species of ducks would soon be extinct! The rumors made it to Congress, and stirring speeches about shadowy corporate conspiracies were made. Fingers were pointed. Hunters were mobilized. Environmentalists were asked to speak up. How would this terrible practice be stopped?
The problem solved itself when Forest and Stream, a magazine, pointed out the fact that none of it was true. Companies that needed albumin were happy to get it from farmed sources – most of them foreign. No one was going around raiding wild nests for a few teaspoons of liquid. The question remained, who cooked up the hoax in the first place? –Esther Ingliss – Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a hoax and write a story about how it plays out.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most interesting hoax you’ve heard of? Why is is particularly interesting to you?

Art Prompt: Duck eggs

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about hoaxes through history and why we are susceptible to believing them.

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Question Vanishing

It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. –Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

Fiction Writing Prompt: What is the question that your character is driven to answer? What lengths will he or she go to for the answer? Write a story about the search.

Journaling Prompt: Write about one question you don’t know the answer to. How are you searching for it?

Art Prompt: Questions and answers

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what you believe is the most important question they can ask themselves right now. Give them strategies for exploring answers for it.

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney on Flickr


“When people feel guilt about a specific behavior, they experience tension, remorse, and regret,” the researchers write. “Research has shown that this sense of tension and regret typically motivates reparative action — confessing, apologizing, or somehow repairing the damage done.”
Feelings of shame, on the other hand, involve a painful feeling directed toward the self. For some people, feelings of shame lead to a defensive response, a denial of responsibility, and a need to blame others — a process that can lead to aggression.
Tangney and her colleagues interviewed over 470 inmates, asking them about their feelings of guilt, shame, and externalization of blame soon after they were incarcerated. The researchers followed up with 332 of the offenders a year after they had been released, this time asking them whether they had been arrested again and whether they had committed a crime but had not been caught. They also compared the self-reported data to official arrest records.
Overall, expressions of guilt and shame were associated with recidivism rates, but in different ways.
“Proneness to guilt predicts less recidivism — a lower likelihood of re-offense,” Tangney says. That is, the more inclined an inmate is to feel guilt, the less likely he or she is to re-offend.
The implications of proneness to shame, on the other hand, were more complex.
Inmates inclined to feel shame, and who were also defensive and blameful of others, were more likely to slip back into crime. Inmates who were shameful but who didn’tblame others were less likely to end up in jail again. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a criminal. Include inner monologue that illuminates the shame / guilt he or she feels. Show how it drives the criminal’s actions in the story.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that you feel shameful about. How can you move past this painful feeling?

Art Prompt: Guilt and shame

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the difference between guilt and shame. Include how they influence behavior.

Photo Credit: h.koppdelaney on Flickr

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