From the monthly archives: July 2017

If you watch by the gate at midnight on All Hallows Night to see who will die within the coming year you are in danger of being the first comer yourself and you will become the “Churchyard Walker” and the guardian of the graveyard until another foolhardy and impious person disturbs the Service of the Dead. –Remains of Gentilism and Judaism by John Aubrey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who watches at the gate on All Hallows Night and becomes a Churchyard Walker..

Journaling Prompt: Write about a superstition that you have or have heard of regarding graveyards and how you feel about it.

Art Prompt: Watching by the Gate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about superstitions surrounding graveyards.

Photo Credit: Des D. Mona on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 30, 2017. 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

Jennifer Brown Banks presents “COMMA” SUTRA? – How I Turned a Negative Book Review into a Satisfying Experience posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Sandra Beckwith presents Why authors shouldn’t obsess over one-star reviews posted at Build Book Buzz.

CS Lakin presents 4 Ways Writers Can Be Productive When Their Energy Sags posted at Live Write Thrive.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxeena presents Predators in response to Prompt #3060 Hunting the Hunters.

Louise Gallagher presents In pursuit of pleasure in response to Prompt #3064 Word of the Week – Sybarite.

Kalpana Solsi presents the wild is tamed in response to Prompt #3064 Word of the Week – Sybarite.

 

Sharing Our Work

Editor presents Liminal Light posted at SoulVentures.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents How to Write Character Descriptions That Work [With Examples] posted at AliVentures.

Editor presents Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How To Use It posted at Reedsy.

Shannon Dittemore presents Writing Small posted at Go Teen Writers.

Nina Amir presents 5 Visualization Techniques to Help Your Writing Craft posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Metaphors in Your Story–What Are They, How to Use Them, When to Use Them posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Lesley Howard presents How to Use Metaphor to Deepen Characterization posted at The Write Practice.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 57: Dead-End Relationships posted at Word Play.

Kimberlee Ann Bastian presents 7 Things I Have Learned Thus Far as an Indie Author posted at Writers & Authors.

Donald Maass presents How To Make Your Setting a Character posted at Writers Dig.

Kathryn Craft presents How Change Changes Our Stories posted at Writers in the Storm.

Blogging

Mandy Gardner presents 10 Great Apps and Tools for the Freelance Blogger posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Elvis Michael presents How to Simplify Complex Subjects for Your Audience posted at Blogging Pro.

Peter Daisyme presents 6 Keys to Keeping Your Blog Running Indefinitely posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Business for Creatives with Archer Caldwell.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Alan Moore, Marie Force, and the Discount Double-Cross.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Blowing Through the Six Figure Sales Level in Year One as an Indie Author, with Scott Paul.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Style, Diction, and Paragraphing.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about What Authors Can Learn From the Music Business with Dave Kusek.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about From Story Idea To Reader – Patsy Collins Interview.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Gone Girl — Not Using the Core Event.

Journaling

Tracy presents Altered Book Intuitive Art Journal Challenge posted at Tracy Algar.

The Business of Creativity

Julie Musil presents Marketing Strategy: Enlist a Pre-Release Team posted at Fiction University.

Elizabeth presents Updating a Facebook Page posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: Google Plus posted at Digital Pubbing.

Joan Stewart presents Missing Contact Information Is Killing Your Book Sales posted at BookWorks.

Debi Ridpath presents How Books Get Translated: An Interview with Translator, Publisher and Author Lawrence Schimel posted at Inky Girl.

Sean McLachlan presents Winning the Kindle Scout Program posted at Funds for Writers.

Pamela Wilson presents The Old Way is Dead: How to Master a Better Kind of Marketing posted at Goins Writer.

Bruce Fottler presents My DIY Book Cover Blunders posted at Indies Unlimited.

Carol Tice presents Freelance Writing Jobs: Here’s Why You Suck at Getting Them posted at Make a Living Writer.

Jane presents How to Smartly Evaluate a Small Publisher posted at Jane Friedman.

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: Tromsø 2013 06 05 2380 on Wikimedia

For a ghost story, the tale of Violet Saville Devohr was vague and underwhelming. –The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

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 scariest camp fire story you ever heard.

Art Prompt: Ghost story

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a spooky ghost story with a twist at the end.

Photo Credit: Yosomono on Flickr

sybarite
  • A person devoted to luxury and pleasure.

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

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite luxury to indulge in?

Art Prompt: Luxury

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

Photo Credit: Luxury Liqueur on Flickr

William Mark Felt, Sr. (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008[1]) was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent who served as the Bureau’s Associate Director, the FBI’s second-highest-ranking post, from May 1972 until his retirement from the FBI in June 1973. During his time as Associate Director, Felt served as an anonymous informant, nicknamed “Deep Throat”, to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post, providing them critical information about the Watergate scandal, a scandal which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Though Felt’s identity as Deep Throat was known to some in Washington, including Nixon himself, and was speculated by others, it generally remained a secret for the next 30 years. In 2005, Felt finally acknowledged that he was Deep Throat, after being persuaded to reveal his identity by his family. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a government whistle blower.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a political scandal that helped form your opinion of politics.

Art Prompt: Cover Up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of political scandals and how their fallout is affecting politics today.

Photo Credit: Mark Felt on Wikimedia

I wanted to be good. I truly did.
Until the day I didn’t. –The Key to St. Medusa’s by Kat Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the prompt as the starting point for a story or a scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you decided to stop following the rules. Do you regret it? What happened?

Art Prompt: I wanted to be good…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a time when you decided to break the rules.

Photo Credit: Donnie Nunley on Flickr

The Manhattan Project was a research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory that designed the actual bombs. The Army component of the project was designated the Manhattan District; “Manhattan” gradually superseded the official codename, Development of Substitute Materials, for the entire project. Along the way, the project absorbed its earlier British counterpart, Tube Alloys. The Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939, but grew to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US $2 billion (about $27 billion in 2016[1] dollars). Over 90% of the cost was for building factories and to produce fissile material, with less than 10% for development and production of the weapons. Research and production took place at more than 30 sites across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about the secret development of a new weapon.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel that we have the ability to destroy ourselves and the planet.

Art Prompt: Manhattan Project

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Manhattan Project.

Photo Credit: Trinity shot on Wikimedia

I’m not scared of the woods. I’m scared of being lost in the woods, unable to find my way back to the main road and the brush where I hid the bike. Mostly, I’m scared about what else might be in the woods hunting the deer hunters. –The Omega Project by Steve Alten

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a horror story about something that hunts the hunters in the woods.

Journaling Prompt: What scares you about being in a wilderness area.

Art Prompt: Hunted

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about common fears about going out into the wilderness and what they can do to stay safe.

Photo Credit: Nick Vidal-Hall on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 23, 2017. 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

Nina Amir presents Creative Visualization for Writers with Nina Amir posted at Social Media Just for Writers.

Jeff Goins presents Why I Started Writing Fiction: The Power of Beginning Again posted at Goins Writer.

Rebekah Gyger presents 7 Thoughts For Writers Struggling With Depression posted at Go Teen Writers.

Ali Luke presents Seven Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Writing posted at AliVentures.

Chuck Sambuchino presents Why Tough Love is Crucial For Writers posted at Writers Digest.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxeena presents Cassandra’s Curse in response to Prompt #3054 Seeing Into the Future.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents DO YOU HAVE THE TO DO LIST BLUES? posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents How Can You Tell if Your Idea is Worth Writing? posted at Fiction University.

Elizabeth presents Balancing Pace with Reader Inclusion posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Kim Liao presents WHY YOU SHOULD AIM FOR 100 REJECTIONS A YEAR posted at LitHub.

Angela Ackerman presents How Character Attributes and Flaws Work Within Character Arc posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Adam Ferraresi presents 10 Best Chrome Extensions For Writing, Blogging And Social Media posted at Writers & Authors.

Pepper Basham presents Writing in the Flurry – NaNo and Not posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Jeff Elkins presents 4 Essential Mind Tricks for Writing to Persuade posted at The Write Practice.



Blogging

Srish Agrawal presents 9 Quick Tips to Improve Content Writing Speed and Quality posted at Blogging Tips.

Elvis Michael presents How to Make Your Blog Stand Out Like a Sore Thumb posted at Blogging Pro.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing Crime Fiction with Brian Keene.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The System We Use to Write and Sell Books.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about The Email Marketing Show.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about From Author Entrepreneur To Creative Business Empire With Sean Platt.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Babylon 5 — The Rewards of Long-Form Plotting.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing for Low Budget Films – Marc Hamill.

Journaling

Melissa Donovan presents Journal Writing Tips: Daily Gratitudes posted at Writing Forward.

The Business of Creativity

Mandy Gardner presents How to Save for Retirement When You’re a Freelance Writer posted at Funds for Writers.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: Pinterest posted at Digital Pubbing.

Sandra Beckwith presents Sell more books with these 2 steps posted at Build Book Buzz.

Penny Sansevieri presents Planning an Audiobook? Consider These 3 Things posted at BookWorks.

Susan Maccarelli presents 4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Lauren Tharp presents 5 Steps to Take When You Lose Your Best Blogging Client posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Laura Drake presents Blast Copyright Pirates out of the Water posted at Writers in the Storm.

Monica Bhide presents A Recipe for a Non-Traditional Marketing Plan posted at Writer Unboxed.

Traci Tyne Hilton presents WHY AN INDIE AUTHOR NEEDS A SLUSH PILE posted at The Write Conversation.

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