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Becoming a hero is easy. –FUTURE: HERO BY DUSTIN ADAMS

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 are you someone’s hero?

Art Prompt: Hero

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about one of your heroes.

Photo Credit: Lovro67 on Flickr

  • To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel/have felt when being scolded.

Art Prompt: Vituperate

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

Photo Credit: CircaSassy on Flickr

Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels or semivowels. According to Watkins et al., stuttering is a disorder of “selection, initiation, and execution of motor sequences necessary for fluent speech production.” For many people who stutter, repetition is the primary problem. The term “stuttering” covers a wide range of severity, encompassing barely perceptible impediments that are largely cosmetic to severe symptoms that effectively prevent oral communication. In the world, approximately four times as many men as women stutter, encompassing 70 million people worldwide, or about 1% of the world’s population.

The impact of stuttering on a person’s functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, being a possible target of bullying (especially in children), having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of “loss of control” during speech. Stuttering is sometimes popularly seen as a symptom of anxiety, but there is actually no direct correlation in that direction (though as mentioned the inverse can be true, as social anxiety may actually develop in individuals as a result of their stuttering) –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Give one of your characters a problem with speaking, even if it’s only temporary. Create conflict from this.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel when you are trying to have a conversation with someone with a speech impediment. How do you handle it?

Art Prompt: Stutter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problems that someone who stutters face in work and relationships. Give tips for how to hold a conversation with someone who stutters.

Photo Credit: Evan on Flickr

in 334 B.C., with about 32,000 infantry, 5,000 horses, and 160 ships, Alexander crossed the Hellespont waterway into Asia. Standing on the prow of the first galley, he threw a spear into the approaching beach, shouting, “I now declare all this land to be mine by right of spear!” –Caldwell Andrew, Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals

Fiction Writing Prompt: What are the customs in the world you’ve built about claiming/owning land?

Journaling Prompt: Write about “calling dibs” when you were a kid.

Art Prompt: Alexander the Great

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Alexander the Great.

Photo Credit: Adam Howarth on Flickr

Wishing to create an alien creature that did not look like a “man in a suit”, Terry Nation stated in his script for the first Dalek serial that they should have no legs. He was also inspired by a performance by the Georgian National Ballet, in which dancers in long skirts appeared to glide across the stage. For many of the shows, the Daleks were operated by retired ballet dancers wearing black socks while sitting inside the Dalek. Raymond Cusick (who died on 21 February 2013) was given the task of designing the Daleks when Ridley Scott, then a designer for the BBC, proved unavailable after having been initially assigned to their debut serial. An account in Jeremy Bentham’s Doctor Who—The Early Years (1986) says that after Nation wrote the script, Cusick was given only an hour to come up with the design for the Daleks, and was inspired in his initial sketches by a pepper shaker on a table. Cusick himself, however, states that he based it on a man seated in a chair, and only used the pepper shaker to demonstrate how it might move –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create an alien creature for your screenplay. Don’t have a screenplay? Pretend you do! This is a creative kickstart.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe that aliens look like?

Art Prompt: Daleks

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite fictional alien.

Photo Credit: pshab on Flickr

The woman was seated in a lofty chair of bright blue silk embroidered with dragons in a darker blue thread; these intense colors set off her gold headdress and the gown with its draperies that flowed around her. –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who comes before this woman for judgement.

Journaling Prompt: Who was the most fearsome person who ever judged you?

Art Prompt: She who must be obeyed

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the challenge of judgement. 

Photo Credit: Tom Simpson on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 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

Elizabeth presents Creative Challenges for Better Productivity posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Stephanie Harvie presents Guardian Angels in response to Prompt #149 Guardian Angels.

Sharing Our Work

Patricia Beal presents My Trip to the Moon and Other Forgotten Miracles posted at ACFW.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents The Single Biggest Mistake Self-Published Authors Make posted at Fiction University.

Oren Ashkenazi presents How to Craft a Character-Driven Story posted at Mythcreants.

Jo Robertson presents Revision with Diction and Syntax posted at Romance University.

KM Weiland presents Top 10 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Reveals posted at Word Play.

Shawn Coyne presents Love Story Cheat Sheet /Controlling Idea (Theme) posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

CS Lakin presents 3 Steps to Successfully Outlining Your Novel posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

The Magic Violinist presents 4 Strategies to Make it Through the Dreaded Middle of Your Story posted at The Write Practice.


Elvis Michael presents How to Get Over Your Guest Blogging Fears posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Fundamental of Successful Blogging: Know Why and Make it Freeing posted at Blogging Tips.

Glenn Leibowitz presents This is What LinkedIn’s Editors Really Want posted at Write with Impact.


This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Navigate the Intersection of Art and Entrepreneurship: Interview with Steph Halligan.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Working With Editors with Jason Whited.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about KU Numbers, Stigmas, and Contract Cop-outs.

This week’s podcast at PubCrawl is all about PUBLISHING 101 REDUX – QUERYING & REPRESENTATION.

The Business of Creativity

Page Barnes presents A Newbie’s Guide to Writing for the Huffington Post posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Eva Lesko Natiello presents The Pro Bono Marketing Staff Every Self-Published Author Has at Their Fingertips posted at The Book Designer.

Robert Kingett presents Use Magazine Vendor Websites to Find New Paying Markets posted at Funds for Writers.

Sophie Masson presents The Perfect Back Cover Blurb posted at Writer Unboxed.

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!

Aloysius Hudon Beaulieu created marvelous blue ravens that stormy summer. –Blue Ravens by Gerald Vizenor

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: If you could create anything, what would you create?

Art Prompt: Ravens

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell  your audience about the most magical creation you’ve ever heard of.

Photo Credit: The Orion on Flickr

vitriolic adj
  • (chemistry) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from or resembling vitriol; vitriolous.
  • (figuratively) Bitterly scathing, caustic.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is vitriolic and how they make you feel

Art Prompt: Vitriolic

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

Photo Credit: Steve Rhodes on Flickr