From the monthly archives: July 2015

Nearly every inmate screened—96 percent—had a traumatic brain injury. That’s … far higher than the estimated 6 percent to 8.5 percent of the general population…
Traumatic brain injury has been proven to be a major risk factor for depression,post-traumatic stress disorder, aggressive behavior, substance abuse, and homelessness. But it’s also often associated with criminal behavior because it can, in some people, seem to alter all their behavior. Studies have shown that “the amount of verbal aggression, temper outbursts, and disinhibition” can increase after an injury, and that the aggression can become chronic if it isn’t addressed. According to a 2010 study in the journal Brain Injury, adult offenders with histories of traumatic brain injury also tend to enter the criminal justice system at a younger age than offenders without injuries, and to stay in it for longer. –Lauren Kirchner

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a person who changes after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Journaling Prompt: How does this research affect your opinion of prison inmates?

Art Prompt: Traumatic brain injuries in convicts

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Share this research with your audience and suggest some possible reforms for our treatment of convicts.

Photo Credit: Wally Gobetz on Flickr

It was a bird who carved the first drum, and he beat it all night, and at dawn he was changed into a man. –Matako myth retold in A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: What does your protagonist believe about the origin of his species? What myths does his/her culture embrace?

Journaling Prompt: Write about your culture’s creation story and how you feel about it/

Art Prompt: Creation story

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Choose a creation myth and re-tell it to your audience.

Photo Credit: Kenneth Cole Schneider on Flickr
Punk girl with skull and crossbones shirt sitting on a wooden bridge

Punk girl with skull and crossbones shirt sitting on a wooden bridge

1,052 mothers participated in the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study over 10 years. Only subjects with no previous history of depression were considered for the study. Over this decade, the researchers conducted multiple interviews to determine whether the subjects had suffered violence from their spouses and whether they suffered from mental health disorders.


  •  More than one third of the women reported suffering violence from their spouses (e.g., being pushed or hit with an object).
  •  These women had a more extensive history of childhood abuse, abuse of illicit substances, economic poverty, early pregnancy, and an antisocial personality.
  •  They were twice as likely to suffer from depression, even when controlling for the impact of childhood abuse.
  •  Domestic violence had an impact not just on mood but on other mental health aspects as well. These women had a three times higher risk of developing schizophrenia-like psychotic symptoms. This risk doubled for women who were also victims of childhood abuse.
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Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a woman  affected by domestic violence.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with domestic violence, whether in your own life or in the life of someone you know. If you have no experience with DV, write about how you believe society should address this problem.

Art Prompt: Outcomes from domestic violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how domestic violence affects the victim and the cost to society for domestic violence. Propose some solutions.

Photo Credit: Emerson Quinn on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 19, 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 How to Work Through Difficulty: Lewis Carroll’s Three Tips for Overcoming Creative Block posted at Brain Pickings.

Carrie presents How to Numb Your Creativity posted at Artist Think.

Jackie Johansen presents 4 Ways to Turn Comparison into Powerful Creative Fuel posted at Positive Writer.

James Chartrand presents Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? posted at Men With Pens.

Tanner Christensen presents How to build your imagination posted at Creative Something.

Jo Malby presents 9 Ways to Make Peace with the Inner Critic posted at Inspire Portal.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Chemipedia presents Under the Bed in response to Prompt #908 First Line of the Week – Frederick Seidel.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #11 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The desire to create is of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. ~Elder Uchtdorf

Creativity Prompt

Kathryn Lilley presents Things Left Behind Suggest Stories posted at Kill Zone.

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Fiction Writing Exercises: Change the Tail posted at Writing Forward.

Emily Wenstrom presents 5 Key Elements for Successful Short Stories posted at The Write Practice.

Harrison Demchick presents What the Incredible Hulk Can Teach Us about Emotion in Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

Jen Scott presents The Long Journey to the Perfect Short Story posted at Live Write Thrive.

Helena Fairfax presents Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: How to Begin a Romance posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Kill What? What to Do When You Need to Cut a Major Part of Your Novel posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Why Your Character’s Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Darren Slade presents To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’ posted at Amazing Stories.

Byron Quertermous presents Adjusting to Expectations After Publishing Your First Novel posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jill Williamson presents The Editorial Letter posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Classes of Noun/Verb Agreement posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Philip Overby presents Writing Without Pants – Does Outlining Kill Creativity? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu presents Historical Worldbuilding posted at Tor.

Jaime Wright presents How to Break Up With Your Book posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Mooderino presents Stronger Emotions Through Melodrama posted at Moody Writing.

Donna Radley presents Howdy Ma’am: Three Ways To Introduce Your Characters In The First Few Lines posted at Writers Write.

Heather Webb presents The Best & Worst Writing Advice posted at Writers in the Storm.


Mr Self Development presents 8 Amazing Blogging Lessons from Albert Einstein posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Can You Tell Me How To Show?.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Genre Hopping, Co-Writers and More with Aiden James.

This week’s podcast at While She Naps is all about Lilla Rodgers and Lisa Congdon.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Switch Your Routine for Ours: Posters Made from TVs, Video Games, and Computers for Companhia Athletica Gyms posted at This is Colossal.


Effy presents All Of Me – An Ode To The Journal posted at Effy Wild.

The Business of Creativity

Jill Bennett presents 3 Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Carol Tice presents 3 Free Ways to Find Out What Editors Really Think posted at Make a Living Writing.

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: Ed Yourdon on Flickr

teenage girl holding baby

Penny Wilson wanted a baby of her own in the worst way. –Bones & All by Camille Deangelis

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 the maternal instinct – is it real? Do you have it?

Art Prompt: Wanting a baby

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny or a touching story about having children.

Photo Credit: littlemaiba on Flickr

kitty vs. godzilla

aberrant adj
  • Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type;abnormal.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a societal trend you feel is aberrant.

Art Prompt: Aberrant

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

Photo Credit: Gen Kanai on Flickr


Eva had been all business since we left Sunnyvale for the Monster Hunter Academy. –Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy by Jeff Gunhus

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set at a Monster Hunter Academy.

Journaling Prompt: What “monster” in this world would you like to wipe out?

Art Prompt: Monster hunter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a tall tale about a time you went monster hunting.

Photo Credit: Zhao ! on Flickr

Borderline personality disorder is thought to affect between 1% and 6% of the population. It is more common in women than men.

  • The most telling sign of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a long history of instability in personal relationships. This is partly caused by unstable and impulsive emotions.
  • At one time people with borderline personality disorder can idolise someone else, and soon after they hate them. As a result those with a borderline personality disorder often have very intense relationships with others

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of someone with borderline personality disorder.

Journaling Prompt: Wriete about the most intense, unstable person you’ve ever known. What did you learn from that relationship?

Art Prompt: Borderline personality disorder

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Make your audience aware of borderline personality disorder.

Photo Credit: CHRISTIAAN TONNIS on Flickr


“At ease, people.” The General walked over to the head of the table and tossed his satchel onto it. He stood there looking at the map to his right. His aide sat in the chair next to him and opened the satchel. “Where are we with this operation, Sergeant?” –The Memory Project by Gerald T. Rainey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Finish the story started in today’s reading.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a big project you are in the middle of. Where are you with that project?

Art Prompt: The War Room

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how you plan for and attack a big project. Give them tips that they can use.

Photo Credit: Arctic Wolves on Flickr