From the monthly archives: October 2014

pugnacious: adjective
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent;combative.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most pugnacious person you know. What do you think makes them that way?

Art Prompt: Pugnacious

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

Photo Credit: Emily Raw on Flickr

Separation Anxiety

Nature had decreed that three in the morning was the hour when people with problems ranging from the unmanageable size of their mortgage to true manic depression would wake to face their personal hell. Optimism required daylight. Despair thrived in the dark. –CHAMELEON by Ken McClure

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write your character’s internal monologue as he or she lies awake at 3 am.

Journaling Prompt: What keeps you awake at night?

Art Prompt: Awake at 3 am

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to self-soothe when they are anxious at 3 am.

Photo Credit: John Mueller on Flickr

2011 Lima, Peru

“All people with responsibility for others experience anxiety,” he said. “In lower doses, anxiety can propel you to be vigilant. Vigilance is one of the major ways to prevent accidents and errors. So it is not surprising and actually might be a good thing that people just embarking on a professional career remain somewhat anxious but are able to convert that anxiety into vigilance.”

Previous studies by Dr. Frankel and other researchers have shown that the Four Habits Model has a positive long-term effect on both clinician and patient satisfaction. The model is used extensively in the United States and other countries to train physicians. The Four Habits are:

  1. Invest in the beginning.
  2. Elicit the patient’s perspective.
  3. Demonstrate empathy.
  4. Invest in the end.
    Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a physician using the four habits.

Journaling Prompt: How can you use the four habits in your relationships?

Art Prompt: Positive anxiety

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the four habits and how they can be adapted to their job and relationships.

Photo Credit: Rotaplast International on Flickr

Paris 2013: Shakespeare & Company

Writers doing research are a sojourning breed. We spend our days wandering through other people’s work, diligently searching when we know what we want, exploring for epiphany when we don’t; dallying for a short time between one set of bound pages, practically setting up house in the next. –The Chalice and the Blade by Tara Janzen

Fiction Writing Prompt: What are your research habits? How is the research you are working on going in to your character sketch? How does your character research?

Journaling Prompt: How do you research something you need to know?

Art Prompt: Writers and research

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to research a topic.

Photo Credit: Jim Forest on Flickr

Tuning Fork

Keely started his con in 1872 simply by incorporating the Keely Motor Company. He had invented a motor that could run, essentially, forever, and if he just got a little money to make the technology practical, he would make his stockholders rich. When asked to give a demonstration of the engine, he was happy to do so. His engine, using only a little water as fuel, bent iron bars and kept running for weeks at a time. Looking back, it’s easy to see Keely’s musical side coming out. He told his investors that he used a “vibration that liberates from the air and the water an inter-atomic ether.” He had discovered this force, he claimed, during his playing music and observing the vibrations of tuning forks. Investors gave him the equivalent of millions of dollars. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a long con.

Journaling Prompt: If you could invent the impossible, what would you invent?

Art Prompt: Perpetual motion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell the story of the Keely Motor Company or another long con that fooled many people.

Photo Credit: Shaylor on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 26, 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

Maria Popova presents Jeanette Winterson on Time, Language, Reading, and How Art Creates a Sanctified Space for the Human Spirit posted at Brain Pickings.

Harriet Lerner, PhD presents Five Ways Writing Can Make You Braver and Happier posted at Psychology Today.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Finding the Time to Create posted at Balzer Designs.

Tara presents how to find time for art in a busy life posted at Tara Leaver.

Todd Henry presents A Simple Question That Will Keep You Inspired posted at The Accidental Creative.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Diedre Knight presents A Sneaky Inception in response to Prompt #1180 Word of the Week – Incipient.

Sharing Our Work

Chrys Fey presents Cancer Can’t / The Big C Blog Hop posted at Write with Fey.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Freedom to me is a luxury of being able to follow the path of the heart, to keep the magic in your life. Freedom is necessary for me in order to create, and if I cannot create I don’t feel alive. -Joni Mitchell

Creativity Prompt

Carrie Brummer presents 10 Creative Prompts for Thumbnail Sketching posted at Artist Think.

Eric Grundhauser presents articletitle posted at Atlas Obscura.


100 Creative Actions from Andria at Drawing Near.

Writing Tips

Elizabeth presents Goals: On Setting the Bar Low posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents It’s an Improvement: Five Ways to Kick Your Writing up a Notch posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents The Strongest Form of Characterization posted at The Write Practice.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Teaching Yourself to Write Better Dialogue: Three Steps That Will Make All the Difference posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Warren Adler presents Words of Advice for The Aspiring Writer posted at Positive Writer.

Lauren presents The Difficulty Writers Have With Identity posted at Lauren Sapala.

Larry Brooks presents What is Past is Prologue posted at Story Fix.

Becca Puglisi presents Characters with No Arc? posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Melissa Cornwell presents 5 Ways Writing Fanfiction Can Help the Beginning Writer posted at Mythic Scribes.

Clair de Boer presents On Writing Memoir: Where to Begin posted at The Gift of Writing.


Daniel Scocco presents 20 Tips for Coming Up with Fresh Ideas posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Madeline Iva presents Starting a Group Blog posted at Romance University.

Jeff Goins presents Why You Should Start a Blog (Even If You’re Not a Writer) posted at Goins Writer.


This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing Mysteries.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Conceptual Fine Art Photography from Oleg Oprisco posted at This is Colossal.

Kate Leonard presents Create Your Own Inspiration Mood Board posted at Illustration Friday.

Vicky Papaioannou presents Art Journaling 101 Series – Gesso posted at Clips-n-Cuts.

Nolwenn presents 4 things I learned regarding Art Journaling posted at Inner Voices.


Quinn McDonald presents This Little Journal Stayed Home posted at QuinnCreative.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Hale presents Freelance Writing 101 posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Douglas Smith presents A Brave New World: The indie publishing option for short fiction (cont’d) posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents How I Got Magazine Writing Gigs From All 3 of My Dream Markets posted at Make a Living Writing.

Spam of the Week

I have been urfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interestng article like yours. It is pretty wofth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggerfs ade good content as you did, the internet will bee much more useful than ever before.

Image Credit

enki22 on Flickr

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


Three sisters doing needlework on the verandah of their Toowong home ca. 1918

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: State Library Queensland on Flickr

A New Normal?

The desert never changed. –Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

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 landscape and how it changes with the seasons.

Art Prompt: Desert

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the changing of the seasons where you live.

Photo Credit: Randy Heinitz on Flickr

Gorgeous dapple grey

dapple: noun

  • a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
    an animal with a mottled skin or coat.


  • dappled; spotted:
    a dapple horse.

verb (used with object), verb (used without object),dappled, dappling.

  • to mark or become marked with spots.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about something beautiful that is dappled.

Art Prompt: Dappled

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

Photo Credit: Hannah Gilbert on Flickr

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Honey provided Democritus with a simpler satisfaction, in fact the final satisfaction in the life of the philosopher who advocated the pursuit of happiness through moderation in pleasure… The story goes that when the old man, who had always lived frugally, felt his end approaching after 109 well-spent years, he decided to omit some item from his diet every day. When there was nothing left to omit, the celebration of Demeter was in progress, and he did not want to commit the solecism of dying. He had a pot of honey brought to him, and absorbed only its fragrance by raising it to his nostrils. Once the festival was over, the pot of honey was taken away and he died. –The History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a food that has the power to give and take life.

Journaling Prompt: If you had to give up all food but one, what would you choose and why?

Art Prompt: Honey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the health benefits of honey OR tell your audience about the health benefits of moderation.

Photo Credit: bionicgrrrl on Flickr