From the monthly archives: January 2015

People didn’t annoy George as much once he learned to time travel. –Future Tense / Present Perfect by Milo James Fowler

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 could time travel, when and where would you go?

Art Prompt: Time travel

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about the pitfalls of time travel.

Photo Credit: Jeff MacDonald on Flickr

kobold: [koh-bold, -bohld] noun, (in German folklore)

a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.

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

Journaling Prompt: What’s the scariest fictional baddie you’ve ever read about?

Art Prompt: Kobold

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

Photo Credit: Klaus Friese on Flickr

Day 207: I've Contracted An Agreement

Alex suddenly realized what had been bothering him about his new contract. –The Genome by Sergei Lukyanenko

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who signs a contract without understanding all of the implications.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you made a bad deal. 

Art Prompt: Sneaky contract

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a bad decision you made.

Photo Credit: Juli on Flickr

Leadership researcher, Fred Fiedler, has looked at the complex relationship between intelligence and leader effectiveness in his Cognitive Resource Theory. Fiedler focuses on two important leader variables: intelligence and experience. What this research shows is that under normal circumstances more intelligent leaders are more effective. This makes sense as intelligent leaders are better able to analyze problems, consider alternative courses of action, gather information, etc. However, under crisis conditions, Fiedler finds, more intelligent leaders are actually LESS effective. What predicts success in a crisis is experience. Highly experienced leaders immediately initiate well-practiced leader behaviors and get the group moving. More intelligent leaders, try to figure things out and the delay creates less efficient and successful leadership under time constraints. –Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use internal monologue to show the intelligence of the leader in your story.

Journaling Prompt: What characteristics do you respect in a leader?

Art Prompt: Intelligent leadership

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about leadership and intelligence.

Photo Credit: Loving Earth on Flickr

Apple Pie II, BYOB Day Five

Come Sunday afternoons the chores would be called off, and we’d do what my grandfather called “visiting”-calling on relatives in nearby towns and farms. Though we’d just drop in unannounced, they’d always be glad to see us, and somehow the timing was right so that the rhubarb pie was out of the oven and cooling on the windowsill. Whatever folks were doing, they’d drop everything to sit and chat, telling stories, laughing about this and that, asking me what mischief I’d been into. –Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set around Sunday visiting.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your Sunday tradition?

Art Prompt: Sunday visiting

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a quaint tradition that has disappeared and make the case that it would be a good idea to revive it.

Photo Credit: Clarice on Flickr


In 1873, a man was convicted of murdering his wife based on the testimony of a ghost. Erasmus Shue, a West Virginian blacksmith, claimed to have discovered his wife dead at the foot of their staircase. By the time authorities arrived, he had dressed the corpse in a high-necked dress. He then cradled her head so tightly the coroner could only examine the limbs. After the funeral, during which Shue acted erratically and insisted on wrapping a scarf around the corpse’s neck, Shue’s mother-in-law claimed she was visited by the ghost of her daughter. The ghost said Shue had beaten her regularly and strangled her in a fit of rage over not making meat for dinner. The mother-in-law badgered the authorities until they agreed to exhume the body. Sure enough, there were thumb bruises and a broken neck hidden by the scarf and high-collared dress. Shue was tried for murder, and the key testimony was the mother-in-law recounting the visit from the ghost and the eerily accurate information it provided. The jury needed only an hour to find Shue guilty of murder. –Justin Kitch,

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a murder trial that hinges on the testimony of a ghost.

Journaling Prompt: What is the strangest story you’ve ever heard about a ghost?

Art Prompt: Testimony of the ghost

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an interesting story about unusual testimony in a court trial.

Photo Credit: Mer on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 25, 2015. 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

Christopher Bergland presents How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results? posted at Psychology Today.


Art Quote of the Week

Serious art is born from serious play. –Julia Cameron

Creativity Prompt

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Astronaut Lights A Candle posted at io9.

Writing Tips

RH Ramsey presents Write what you know? Maybe, Or Maybe Not: 4 Reasons to re-think this common cliche posted at Novel Publicity.

Michael J. Sullivan presents Not All Small Presses Are Equal posted at Amazing Stories.

Janice Hardy presents Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs posted at Fiction University.

Steven R. Leonard presents How to Write a Humorous Memoir posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Carol Tice presents 3 Proven Strategies Professional Writers Use to Avoid Creative Bankruptcy posted at Make a Living Writing.

Hansel presents Nix The Naysayers posted at Romance University.

Joe Bunting presents Why I Quit Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Donald Maass presents Pin Connections and the Two Journeys posted at Writer Unboxed.

Maria Popova presents William Faulkner on Writing, the Human Dilemma, and Why We Create: A Rare 1958 Recording posted at Brain Pickings.

Art Holcomb presents An Easy Approach to Story Building: The Bedtime Story Model posted at Story Fix.

Codey Amprim presents Medieval Blunt Weaponry – A Primer for Writers posted at Mythic Scribes.

Bryan Hutchinson presents Why You Need To Do Something Stupid (To Succeed As An Artist) posted at Positive Writer.

Mooderino presents The Reversal posted at Moody Writing.

Jeff Goins presents How to Never Worry About What to Write Again posted at Goins Writer.


Jennifer Brown Banks presents Word to the Wise! 5 Ways You’re Working “Harder, not Smarter” posted at Pen and Prosper.

Jill Smokler presents 10 Things Your Blog Doesn’t Need posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Tips for Writing for Online Readers posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Blogging 101 posted at Write with Fey.


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

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Backstories, WattPad and Barbara Freethy.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The Pre-Production Process.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about The Business and the Craft of Writing Short Stories, with Barb Goffman.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams posted at This is Colossal.


Alyson presents A Meaningful Journaling Practice posted at Bohol Daily.

Jen presents 5 ways to fill your creative well posted at Journal Wild.

Helen presents Journaling Prompts for Spiritual Growth posted at The Little Sage.

The Business of Creativity

ABI presents Are You Ready to Start Marketing? posted at Art Business Institute.

Timothy Jahn presents 3 Steps To Achieve Your Art Goals posted at Artists Network.

Image Credit

Mark Chadwick 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!



Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!


You could say it all started out as an innocent prank, but that wouldn’t strictly be true. It wasn’t that innocent. –The Girl in the Mirror by Lev Grossman

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 prank you pulled that didn’t turn out the way you planned.

Art Prompt: Innocent prank

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about a prank that was pulled on you.

Photo Credit: Jhayne on Flickr

inclement: adjective
  • (of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
  • not kind or merciful.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about what you like to do when the weather is inclement.

Art Prompt: Inclement

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

Photo Credit: Wayne MacPhail on Flickr