From the monthly archives: August 2017

The Bone Wars, also known as the Great Dinosaur Rush, was a period of intense and ruthlessly competitive fossil hunting and discovery during the Gilded Age of American history, marked by a heated rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope (of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia) and Othniel Charles Marsh (of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale). Each of the two paleontologists used underhanded methods to try to outdo the other in the field, resorting to bribery, theft, and destruction of bones. Each scientist also sought to ruin his rival’s reputation and cut off his funding using attacks in scientific publications. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which scientific rivalry drives the conflict.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about scientists feuding? Do you feel it advances science or holds it back?

Art Prompt: Bone wars

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a famous scientific rivalry.

Photo Credit: Como Bluff expedition members on Wikimedia

My mother was from Antigua, a small island in the Caribbean. She used to say her greatest find was my father, this crazy white shell who washed up on the beach one day. She said if you put your ear up to him you could hear traffic and car horns and people from Boston talking funny. She said they were made for each other like the wind and the sea. Opposites, but unable to be apart. –Hugh Howey, The Shell Collector

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict derives from an attraction of opposites.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a relationship you’re in with someone who is very different from you.

Art Prompt: Opposites

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why we are attracted to people who are different than we are.

Photo Credit: June Yarham on Flickr

Artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence after 2020, predicts Vernor Vinge, a world-renowned pioneer in AI, who has warned about the risks and opportunities that an electronic super-intelligence would offer to mankind. “It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future,” says scifi legend Vernor Vinge, “create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event — such a singularity — are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm.” –Daily Galaxy

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in the future depicted above.

Journaling Prompt: Imagine how you would feel if suddenly, you were inferior. Write about how you would adjust to that.

Art Prompt: Artificial intelligence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the state of artificial intelligence today.

Photo Credit: Maziani Sabudin on Flickr

Late in the evening, tired and happy and miles from home, they drew up on a remote common far from habitations, turned the horse loose to graze, and ate their simple supper sitting on the grass by the side of the cart. Toad talked big about all he was going to do in the days to come, while stars grew fuller and larger all around them, and a yellow moon, appearing suddenly and silently from nowhere in particular, came to keep them company and listen to their talk. –Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Fiction Writing Prompt: Set your story in a rural area where your characters have stopped along their journey.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a trip you took and your favorite stop along the way to get there.

Art Prompt: Stopping along the way

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a camping trip you took. Make a special appeal to the senses in your descriptions.

Photo Credit: Ed Dunens on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 27, 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

Ali Luke presents Three Types of Self-Confidence That Will Help Your Writing Career (and How to Boost Yours) posted at AliVentures.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 6 Vocal Tips to Help Writers Cultivate Voice posted at How to Blog a Book.

James R. Tuck presents What Are You Really Saying? (The Use of Subtext) posted at Fiction University.

DJ Williams presents Common Ground: Screenwriting Techniques To Transform Your Novel posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Tips for Making Your Characters Vivid Individuals on the Page posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Jeff Gerke presents How to Make Readers Deeply Connect to Your Characters posted at Jane Friedman.

Nancy J. Cavanaugh presents Polish Your Work Before Submitting: 6 Revision Tips posted at Writer’s Digest.


Elvis Michael presents Seven Tips to Help You Work More Efficiently posted at Blogging Pro.

Kristel Staci presents How to Reach a Wider Audience with Every Blog Post You Publish posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Stop Running Away From Your Story: Interview with John O’Leary.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Narrative Bumper Pool, with Bill Fawcett and Carrie Patel.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Establishing Sustainable Business Practices.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Coloring, Success, and Staying Fresh.


The Business of Creativity

Bernard Meyer presents 5 Easy Ways to Get Paid Faster as a Freelance Blogger posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Sabrina presents What Indie Authors Can Learn From Other Industries posted at Digital Pubbing.

Deborah Jeanne Sergeant presents Making Short Gigs Sweet posted at Women on 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: Back to School on Last Door Down the Hall Blog

I didn’t know why it was only men who returned as zombies. –Zombie Widows by Natalie Graham

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 the zombie craze? Are you ready for the apocalypse?

Art Prompt: Zombies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a creepy story involving male zombies.

Photo Credit: Jeff Youngstrom on Flickr

inexorable adjective
  • unyielding; unalterable: an inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
  • not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor.

[suggested by vonkarlsen on Twitter]

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that you refuse to compromise about.

Art Prompt: Inexorable

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

“While both sexes agree that women with make-up look more attractive when it comes to “high status,” it really depends on who is looking. Men think women with make-up are more ‘prestigious’, while women think women with make-up are more dominant.”

Research suggests that ‘high status’ can be obtained through two main routes. Either you are dominant, which means you are happy using forcefulness or manipulation to make people follow you. Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make other want to follow you.”

The study also found that women held rather negative views of other women who wear make-up.

Dr Mileva added, “We did some follow-up studies as to why women might feel that women with make-up are perceived as more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and threat potential — women rating women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, thought they were more promiscuous, and would be more attractive to men than their non-make-up wearing counterparts.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the description of one of your female characters, with and without cosmetics. How do your other characters relate to her based on her cosmetic choices?

Journaling Prompt: If you are a female, how do you feel about wearing cosmetics? If you’re a male, what do you prefer in women you relate to?

Art Prompt: Cosmetics

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the politics of cosmetics.

Photo Credit: pumpkincat210 on Flickr

There are those who suggests that a child is a tabula rasa when born, a blank page, which remains to be filled out by life experience. That is not true. Children are born with encoded nature of their genetic being, and they are born with a history of their culture and their family infused into their very conception, and as the context into which they are received. This becomes what is innate and in each of us yearns to be heard and recognized, to be named and known in relationship to others-to exist. –In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday by Harvey L Rich, M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the background of your protagonist, considering genetics, culture, and family history. 

Journaling Prompt: What part of your personality do you believe you were born with and what came through life experiences?

Art Prompt: My personality

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the interplay between innate personality and life experiences in shaping a personality.

Photo Credit: Jlhopgood on Flickr