From the monthly archives: October 2015

The Writing Reader is on break this week. New prompts will resume on Sunday November 1.


Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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‘I just hate terrorist attacks,’ the thin nurse says to the older one. –The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

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 out your feelings about the threat of terrorism in the world today.

Art Prompt: Terrorism

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how to cope with the threat of terrorism.

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puerile adj

1. Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; juvenile; childish.

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

Journaling Prompt: What is the most puerile thing you’ve done since becoming an “adult?”

Art Prompt: Puerile

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

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Teresa and the other woman chaperone were looking extremely apprehensive… –A Darker Place by Laurie R. King

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a field trip or high school dance gone terribly wrong.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience as a chaperone.

Art Prompt: Nervous chaperone

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about babysitting or chaperoning a group of kids.

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A new global review reveals that elder abuse — which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation — is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults. Older adults with cognitive and physical impairments or psychosocial distress are also at increased risk of elder abuse.

In North and South American epidemiological studies, the prevalence of elder abuse ranged from about 10% among cognitively intact older adults to 47% in older adults with dementia. In Europe, the prevalence varied from 2% in Ireland to 61% in Croatia. In Asia, the highest prevalence was found among older adults in China (36%), while the lowest was reported among older adults in India (14%). In Africa, the prevalence ranged between 30% and 44% –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about elder abuse.

Journaling Prompt: What is your reaction to this story? Could you imagine yourself as an abuser? As the abused?

Art Prompt: Elder abuse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the problem of elder abuse and give a suggestion as to how our society should address the problem.

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Perhaps it was a sign of maturity, that one could still love a man whilst finding his habits and behaviour a source of recurrent irritation. –The Coffin Trail: A Lake District Mystery #1 by Martin Edwards

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story of a couple focusing on the internal monologue of the woman.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you deal with the irritating habits of the people you live with.

Art Prompt: Irritating habit

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your most irritating habit.

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Kalpavrikshas are wish-granting trees which fulfill the desires of people in initial stages of worldly cycle as per Jain Cosmology. … There are 10 Kalpavrikshas which grant 10 distinct wishes such as an abode to reside, garments, utensils, nourishment including fruits and sweets, pleasant music, ornaments, fragrant flowers, shining lamps and a radiant light at night. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who visits a Kalpavriksha to make a wish.

Journaling Prompt: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

Art Prompt: Kalpavriksha

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the lore surrounding Kalpavrikshas and other wishing trees. 

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 18, 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

Dean Bokhari presents 5 Creativity Books Everyone Needs To Read posted at Pick the Brain.


Art Quote of the Week

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.-Henry Ward Beecher

Writing Tips

Philip Overby presents Finding Strengths in Your Weaknesses as a Writer posted at Mythic Scribes.

James Weber presents Attempting to Scholar Pt.1: Beginnings posted at Amazing Stories.

KM Weiland presents Don’t Let This Sloppy Technique Kill the Tension in Your Story’s Climax posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents The More the Merrier: Adding Words to Your Novel posted at Fiction University.

Rie Warren presents Sometimes a Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl posted at Romance University.

CW Gortner presents Making the Jump: From Reigning Queens to the Queen of Fashion posted at Writer Unboxed.

Monica M. Clark presents Why Your Character Needs a Revelation posted at The Write Practice.

Mark Nichol presents How to Reverse-Outline Your First Draft posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Elizabeth presents Writing a New Genre posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jo Linsdell presents Writing believable characters posted at Writers and Authors.

Heather Webb presents Breaking the Law in Fiction posted at Writers in the Storm.

Larry Brooks presents A Post for the New, Unsure, Intimidated First-time Novelist posted at StoryFix.

Ally Bishop presents Finding Your Writing Voice posted at Upgrade Your Story.

Donna Radley presents Should You Write For Yourself Or Your Audience? posted at Writers Writer.


Ali Luke presents How to Conquer the Blank Page: 10 Tips That Really Work posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Will Blogging on a Free Platform “COST” You? What You Should Know… posted at Pen and Prosper.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about How Does Context Shape Plot Twists?.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about A Different way of Running your Author Biz, with Mike Faricy.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Delicate Cut Paper Flowers by Maude White posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Tom Bentley presents Why Super-Short Articles Can Build a Big Writing Career 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!

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