From the monthly archives: April 2015


Only fools fight fairly. All men have their strengths and their weaknesses. You must pit your strengths against your enemies’ weaknesses, always. –Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a fight scene using the above advice. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters you are writing?

Journaling Prompt: What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness? 

Art Prompt: Fight

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Teach your audience how to use this advice in a business negotiation.

Photo Credit: Aditya Mopur on Flickr


I’m not going decry people’s nostalgia for anything, because I love a bit of it myself. It’s something that binds us, a sort of shared memories of moments and images from pop culture past that we can link to certain times of our lives. Nostalgia is a sort of emotional time travel we all bask in every once in a while. If anything, it’s part of what makes Pop culture, well, Pop culture. Pop culture is essentially all about tapping into our memories of media gone by and capitalising the shit out of it. It’s about taking that nostalgia and essentially making it timeless. –James Whitbrook

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your protagonist’s character sketch. What is he or she nostalgic about?

Journaling Prompt: What are  you nostalgic for?

Art Prompt: Nostalgia and pop culture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an endearing story that reveals your nostalgia for something from your past.

Photo Credit: Olga Perdiguero García on Flickr

Eyes (75/365)

Do eyes speak, or do we only believe they do, pouring our own thoughts and interpretations into the gaze turned on us by another? We don’t really want to know. For it is terrible to stand naked and without concealment. –Traitors’ Gate by Kate Elliott

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the inner monologue of your character as he or she meets someone new. What thoughts about the eyes does your character have?

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe you can judge someone’s character by their eyes?

Art Prompt: The eyes speak

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the study of microexpressions and what you can learn by watching the eyes of another person.

Photo Credit: John Liu on Flickr

Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Professor David Wilson from the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.. identify six different types of killer [that use social media]:

  • Reactor — Reacts to content posted on Facebook by attacking the victim face to face. This may be immediately after viewing the content that makes them angry or there may be a time delay in which they revisit the content and ruminate over its meaning.
  • Informer — Uses Facebook to inform others that they intend to kill the victim, that they have killed the victim, or both. Informers use Facebook as a way of demonstrating their control over the victim and the situation.
  • Antagonist — Engages in hostile exchanges on Facebook that escalate into face to face fatal violence. Antagonists may seek to introduce a physical advantage when the conflict goes offline through arming themselves with weapons.
  • Fantasist — Uses Facebook to perform or indulge in a fantasy. For fantasists, the line between fantasy and reality has become increasingly blurred and the homicide may be a way of maintaining the fantasy or preventing others from discovering the deception.
  • Predator — Creates and maintains a fake profile to lure a victim and meet them offline. May draw upon the information available on the victim’s profile to identify and exploit vulnerabilities to establish grounds upon which to develop a relationship
  • Imposter — posts in the name of someone else. This could be the victim in order to create the illusion they are still alive or another person to gain access to and monitor the victim’s profile.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a killer using social media. 

Journaling Prompt: Do you friend people on social media that you don’t know in real life? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Killers on social media

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a true story about a dangerous interaction on social media.

Photo Credit: Book Cover from GoodReads

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 26, 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

Maria Popova presents Creative Value of Staying Loose: MacArthur Geniuses on the Art of “Connected Irrelevance” posted at Brain Pickings.

Jen presents Overcoming fear in the creative process posted at Journal Wild.

Carrie presents Are You Responsible for Your Art? Intuition, Faith and Creative Process posted at Artist Think.


Creativity Quote of the Week

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint. -Pablo Picasso

Writing Tips

Joe Bunting presents 3 Reasons You Should Write Ghost Stories posted at The Write Practice.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins presents 5 Tips for Plotting a Mystery posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Crafting Pathways in Your Book: Internal Conflict, External Conflict, and How They Form a Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Jacob Gralnick presents The Power of Symbolism posted at Mythic Scribes.

Carol Tice presents Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference? posted at Making a Living Writing.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jody Hedlund presents How to Handle Bad Book Reviews posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mooderino presents Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings posted at Moody Writing.

Larry Brooks presents The New World of Publishing posted at Story Fix.

Jo presents Free-writing: The Secret of All Successful Writers posted at Inspire Portal.

Brian McClellan presents How Star Wars Helped Me Finish My First Epic Fantasy Trilogy posted at


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Story structure Q&A, with Special Guest Wesley Chu.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Discoverability, with Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Serial, Macmillan and Rights.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Self-Publishing Predictions for 2015.

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about Steven Pressfield on The War of Art.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Precarious Bridges and Towers of Balanced Rocks by Michael Grab posted at This is Colossal.


Jo Ann Fore presents Why We Need to Write Where it Hurts posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Chrys Fey presents Blurbs, excerpts, taglines and loglines posted at Write with Fey.

Febap Liew presents 15 Tips For Those Who Want to Make Money Online posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Michael J. Sullivan presents It’s Not About the Money…It’s About the Contract, Timing, and Price posted at Amazing Stories.

Sonali Dev presents Making Marketing Choices That Work For You posted at Romance University.

James Chartrand presents How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer posted at Men with Pens.

Elizabeth presents Working With a Cover Designer: Time-Saving Techniques posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Martina Boone presents 10 Editorial Steps From the Agent “Call” to Published Book posted at Writers Helping Writers .

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Telling and Selling Your Success Stories Successfully posted at Pen & Prosper.

ABI presents Want Some Press? Avoid These 8 Mistakes posted at Arts Business Institute.

Jodi Ohl presents The Burning Question: How do I Market My Work Article 1 aka Don’t Put The Cart Before The Horse posted at Sweet Repeats.

Joanna Penn presents How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study posted at The Creative Penn.

Jeff Goins presents Why Most Authors Get Book Launches Wrong & What We Can Learn posted at Goins, Writer.

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


Anatomy class

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Aalto University Commons on Flickr


Jack Hawthorn had begun to dread sleep. He dreamed now, and most of those dreams were nightmares. He wasn’t used to fear: the drumming of his heart, the quickening of breath, the blood coursing through him. –Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour

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: How do you feel about sleep?

Art Prompt: Dreading sleep

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a dream you had.

Photo Credit: starlights_ on Flickr
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Sea Forts / velvia

redoubt noun
  1. A small and usually temporary defensive fortification.
  2. A defended position or protective barrier.
  3. A secure place of refuge or defense; a stronghold.

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

Journaling Prompt: Where do you go for refuge?

Art Prompt: Redoubt

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

Photo Credit: James Butler on Flickr


Different researchers have defined “symbol” in different ways, but at the most fundamental level a symbol is something that represents something else: a two-dimensional outline of a three-dimensional beast; a band of gold indicating matrimony. The use of symbols is an impressive mental feat. It requires the mind to escape the bonds of literality, to see in something more than is actually there… –Ferris Jabr

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a symbol that provides a clue or context for your story.

Journaling Prompt: What symbol are you most drawn to? Why?

Art Prompt: Symbol

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the importance of symbolism in our society and in our personal lives.

Photo Credit: Liga Eglite on Flickr


…wrath begins to speak in a self-righteous voice, building a case within your mind-your reason-that you are “right” and therefore action is justified. Your reason refuses to relent, stoking the fire of anger constantly, because it takes a great deal of fuel to keep the fires of self-righteousness burning. Wrath eventually consumes you on your own pyre. – Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene focusing on the internal monologue of wrath.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were extremely angry. Write about the thoughts you had at the time.

Art Prompt: Wrath

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to recognize when wrath is controlling them and how to get back under control.

Photo Credit: Erin O’Neal on Flickr