From the monthly archives: November 2017

jocund (adj)
  • Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.

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

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel jocund?

Art Prompt: Jocund

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

Photo Credit: monkeywing on Flickr

Arrived too late, the act has been done.
The wind was against them, letters intercepted on their way.
The conspirators were fourteen of a party. –Nostradumas

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a failed conspiracy.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite conspiracy theory?

Art Prompt: Conspirators

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a failed conspiracy.

Photo Credit: katie hargrave on Flickr

Ruthetta received a lot of mail. More than anyone else on Don’s route. More than Don had received in his whole life, probably. She received parcels and envelopes and bundles and gift boxes. They came every day, in all shapes and colors and sizes. –The Matchmaker by Sara Puls

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about Ruthetta’s packages – what’s in them, who sends them, where do they come from?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most exciting package you’ve received in the mail recently.

Art Prompt: Packages

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a package in the mail.

Photo Credit: Andrew Dallos on Flickr

The military brat lifestyle typically involves moving to new states or countries many times while growing up, as the child’s military family is customarily transferred to new non-combat assignments; consequently, many military brats never have a home town. War-related family stresses are also a commonly occurring part of military brat life. There are also other aspects of military brat life that are significantly different in comparison to the civilian American population, often including living in foreign countries and or diverse regions within the U.S., exposure to foreign languages and cultures, and immersion in military culture.

The military brats subculture has emerged over the last 200 years. The age of the phenomenon has meant military brats have also been described by a number of researchers as one of America’s oldest and yet least well-known and largely invisible subcultures. They have also been described as a “modern nomadic subculture”.

“Military brat” is known in U.S. military culture as a term of endearment and respect. The term may also connote a military brat’s experience of mobile upbringing, and may reference a sense of worldliness. Research has shown that most current and former military brats like the term; however, outside of the military world, the term “military brat” can sometimes be misunderstood by the non-military population, where the word “brat” is often a pejorative term. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the POV of a military brat.

Journaling Prompt: How does/did your parents’ work affect your family’s culture?

Art Prompt: Military brat

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how your parents’ jobs affected you when you were growing up.

Photo Credit: Airman Magazine on Flickr

It wasn’t deja vu, but the perpetual expectation of it. –The Black Bough by Conor Powers-Smith

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a person who lives with deja vu experiences on a regular basis.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had deja vu.

Art Prompt: Deja Vu

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the scientific basis for deja vu.

Photo Credit: chris white on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 19, 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

Edie Melson presents A WRITER’S LIFE – HARD CHOICES WE ALL FACE posted at The Write Conversation.

Jana Oliver presents Stress and the Indie Author posted at Fiction University.

Rosanne presents DON’T LET LOGIC ECLIPSE YOUR CREATIVE WRITING posted at Bane of Your Resistance.

Daphne Gray-Grant presents When ignoring advice makes sense posted at Publication Coach.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt


Lou Paduano presents Almost Done NaNoWriMo? Here’s How To Reward Yourself posted at The Write Life.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Joanna Penn presents Making British Characters Realistic as an American Writer … and Vice Versa posted at The Creative Penn.

Monica M. Clark presents 4 Engaging Ways James Baldwin Captures Emotion posted at The Write Practice.

Mary Vee presents So You’re on Vacation. Guess What Trouble Your Characters Are Causing… posted at The Writers Alley.

David Chesson presents The Art and Science of Writing to Market posted at Goins Writer.

Rachelle presents FOCUS ON WRITING THE BEST BOOK YOU CAN posted at Rachelle Gardner.


This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Scams, Tables of Contents, and Digital Book World.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing can be lonely!.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Ocean’s Eleven — The Style of a Heist.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Structuring a Short Piece.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Write Your Way Through the Difficult Middle of a Story.

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: Worn Out on Last Door Down the Hall Blog

Our house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. –All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

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 a childhood experience that was traumatic for you.

Art Prompt: Moving day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the procedures used to move a house.

Photo Credit: Richard P J Lambert on Flickr

hugger-mugger (n)
  • A disorderly jumble; muddle; confusion.
  • Secrecy; concealment.
  • Confused; muddled; disorderly.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a hugger-mugger in your life.

Art Prompt: Hugger-mugger

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

Photo Credit: Ali West on Flickr

A fairy tale is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fairy tales may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described)[1] and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables. The term is mainly used for stories with origins in European tradition and, at least in recent centuries, mostly relates to children’s literature. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a modern fairy tale.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite fairy tale and why does it appeal to you? What lessons have you learned from it?

Art Prompt: Fairy Tale

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your life, but put it in the form of a fairy tale.

Photo Credit: Caitlin ‘Caity’ Tobias on Flickr