From the monthly archives: July 2015

bananas packaging

  • More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive.
    — SUPERFLUOUSLY, adverb

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

Journaling Prompt: What could you do without?

Art Prompt: Superfluous

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

Photo Credit: Scrap This Pack on Flickr

liar liar

If you had the belief at the cellular level that lying would ensure your survival and safety, wouldn’t you continue this behavior? –Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: Volume 1 by Heather T. Forbes LCSW

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the internal monologue of a character who believes he or she must like to survive.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever had to lie to survive?

Art Prompt: Lying to survive

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the psychology of trauma victims who use lying to survive.

Photo Credit: Alexa LaSpisa on Flickr

Lindor Truffles

In 1870, Christiana Edmunds was living in Brighton with her mother and having an affair with her across-the-street neighbor, Doctor Arthur Beard. At some point towards the end of the year, Beard let her know that he wanted to end the affair. He was married. He wasn’t going to leave his wife. So Edmunds decided that he wouldn’t have to. She visited the house with some chocolate creams. Mrs. Beard ate one, and promptly got very sick. She recovered. The doctor suspected something, but didn’t want anyone to know about his affair, and when he confronted Edmunds, she loudly claimed that she, too had eaten a chocolate and gotten sick.
In 1871, a great deal of people became ill in that neighborhood — most of them after purchasing chocolate creams from the local store. The symptoms coincided with those of strychnine poisoning… –Esther Inglis-Arkell (read the rest of the story at io9)

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a poisoner.

Journaling Prompt: Do you allow any part of your life to be ruled by fear?

Art Prompt: Death by chocolate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about modern strategies for product safety.

Photo Credit: cacaobug on Flickr

Girls at clam bake presided over by Alfred Keith, Little Sandy Pond, Bryantville section of Pembroke

A clam-bake is a delight wherever and whenever partaken of, but when it is prepared in the piney woods of Cape Cod by the inimitable skippers of Buzzards Bay it is something that is not to be forgotten. It is a joy, from the gathering of the first stone to the swallowing of the last possible clam. –Suppers: Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions by Paul Pierce

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set at a clam bake.

Journaling Prompt: Reminisce about your favorite outdoor meal.

Art Prompt: Clam Bake

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience an amusing story about an outdoor meal you shared with family and/or friends.

Photo Credit: Boston Public Library on Flickr

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A politically polarized society implies several risks, such as the appearance of radicalism or civil wars. –Rosa Maria Benito, a professor at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the outbreak of civil war in a politically polarized society.

Journaling Prompt: How willing are you to listen to an opposing point of view?

Art Prompt: Political polarization

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the perils of political polarization and give them some steps to restoring civil discourse.

Photo Credit: Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 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 The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A): E.E. Cummings on What It Really Means to Be an Artist and His Little-Known Line Drawings posted at Brain Pickings.


Creativity Quote of the Week

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. ~Yo-Yo Ma

Writing Tips

Marcy McKay presents What Your Favorite Books Tell You About Your Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Ruth Kaufman presents Writing the Inspirational Historical: How Much is Too Much posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Choosing Which Thoughts to Italicize posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Why You Might Be Ruining Your Story’s Best Scenes posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World posted at Amazing Stories.

Benjamin Clayborne presents Stop Writing That Epic! Why New Writers Should Start Small posted at Mythic Scribes.

Stephanie Morrill presents 6 Things Blogging Taught Me About Writing Fiction posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mia Botha presents What To Do When All Your Characters Sound The Same posted at Writers Write.

Jo Linsdell presents Effective Tips to Work on Your Special Writing Style posted at Writers and Authors.

Mooderino presents Integrating Tone into Dialogue posted at Moody Writing.

Becca Puglisi presents Spellbind Your Readers With Realistic Magic posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Julia Reffner presents Writing In the Zone: How the Science of “Flow” Can Increase Our Creative Output posted at The Writer’s Alley.


Eduard Ezeanu presents How To Build Your Credibility As An Expert While Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Sarah Fudin presents 10 Tips on How to Write the Perfect Blog Post posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Edie Melson presents Get Your Blog Found with Proper Labels & Tags posted at The Write Conversation.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hooking Younger Readers.

This week’s podcast at Tiffany Han is all about Creativity as an Asset: Raise Your Hand Say Yes.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Writing with a Purpose with guest Heather Ashby.


Effy presents How To Begin posted at Effy Wild.

The Business of Creativity

Jan O’Hara presents Should You Set Limits with Your Readers? posted at Writer Unboxed.

Hanna Sandvig presents How to Use Pinterest to Communicate with Your Cover Designer posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Joanna Penn presents How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX posted at The Creative Penn.

Minh Nguyen presents 4 Ways to Survive When Freelance Blogging Becomes Sweatshop Blogging posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Jody presents How To Become an Amazingly Successful Author posted at Jody Hedlund.

Alexis Grant presents How One Author Earns $450,000 a Year Self-Publishing on Amazon posted at The Write Life.

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!

Photo Credit: Alice Popkorn on Flickr


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. –Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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: Do you believe that rich men are different than poor or middle class men? If so, how?

Art Prompt: Rich single male

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about dating.

Photo Credit: David Wright on Flickr

Noisy Grackle

raucous adj

  • Unpleasantly loud and harsh; strident.
  • Disturbing the public peace; loud and rough.

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

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about raucous people?

Art Prompt: Raucous

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

Photo Credit: Ken Slade on Flickr

Among American Indians a young man got his eye on a girl and he would make a reed flute and compose a melody. And when she came down to get a pail of water at the brook, he would hide in the weeds and play her his tune. If she liked it, she followed and saw where things led… it was her special tune. –The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene that reveals your world’s mating ritual.

Journaling Prompt: What modern day mating rituals have you participated in?

Art Prompt: Mating ritual

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time you engaged in a mating rituat.

Photo Credit: Paul K on Flickr