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  • of, relating to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct. 
  • Zoology. appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you enjoy about twilight?

Art Prompt: Crepuscular

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

Photo Credit: Mark Freeth on Flickr

“As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection,” said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from a situation. The instinct is to protect oneself. People become focused on ‘self’ and they’re less likely to think about other people. Small cheating starts to occur: If I’m disgusted and more focused on myself and I need to lie a little bit to gain a small advantage, I’ll do that. That’s the underlying mechanism.”

In turn, the researchers found that cleansing behaviors actually mitigate the self-serving effects of disgust. “If you can create conditions where people’s disgust is mitigated, you should not see this (unethical) effect,” Mittal said. “One way to mitigate disgust is to make people think about something clean. If you can make people think of cleaning products — for example, Kleenex or Windex — the emotion of disgust is mitigated, so the likelihood of cheating also goes away. People don’t know it, but these small emotions are constantly affecting them.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your protagonist is so disgusted that he or she feels entitled to cheat.

Journaling Prompt: Does the way you feel affect  your integrity? Write about several examples.

Art Prompt: Disgust

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of cheating and what allows people to feel entitled to do it.

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Meyer-van Voorthuijsen on Flickr

The teaching of crafts to girls has fallen out of fashion now, I understand, but luckily it had not in my day. It’s always an advantage to have something to do with your hands. That way, if someone makes an inappropriate remark, you can pretend you haven’t heard it. Then you don’t have to answer. –Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene involving a woman who is crafting.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite craft and why?

Art Prompt: Crafting

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite craft and give them some tips for getting started with it.

Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection on Flickr

I don’t care that the odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 11 million. My heartbeat and sweaty palms say otherwise. I don’t care if something has never happened to anyone anywhere in the span of Earth’s existence; I can still worry it will happen to me. Uncomfortable feelings take hold of me, get my brain’s undivided attention and tells it point blank: “Something has to be wrong or we wouldn’t feel this way.” –Panic and the Media: Unraveling the Worry By Sarah Newman, MA

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, poem, or haiku about being paralyzed by worry.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the biggest worry you have right now.

Art Prompt: Worry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the devastation of worry and how they can stop worrying and enjoy life.

Photo Credit: Waithamai on Flickr

Gary was a born entertainer. A graduate of Clown College, he’d worked for a year with a circus and never stopped believing that life was a carnival. No matter the season, he always wore a tweed sports jacket, a long plaid scarf that billowed behind him, and a fedora hat like Indiana Jones. Since he habitually ran late, he was forced to eat on the run, carrying a small grocery bag under his arm from which he pulled snacks and soda. –ARTIFACTS BY MARTHA CRISALLI

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a short scene with Gary as a protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: Are you in a hurry, or do others try to make you hurry?

Art Prompt: In a Hurry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a friend who is flamboyant in some way.

Photo Credit: John Dyer on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 9, 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.


My friend, Maighread MacKay, just published a new book. I absolutely loved her last book, Stone Cottage, which is about the spirit of a young bride who is trapped here on earth by her grief. I’ve been waiting for Maighread’s next book to come out, and here it is, Murder at Mother’s.  It’s definitely on my TBR list. Let me tell you more.

A killer lurks at the Bancroft estate and the Matriarch, Martha Bancroft is murdered. Royally pissed, she hangs around to see what happened. When she doesn’t go immediately to the light, a member of her soul group, shows up from the other side. Gladys is adamant Martha needs to come with her, but Martha has no intention of going anywhere until she helps Detective Ian “Mac” MacKellar and Coroner Dr. Cecilia “Cissy” Walsh find the murderer. Gladys joins Martha and the two set out on their quest.

This novel is a work of Visionary Fiction. Locations mentioned in the book may be real, but details have been changed to fit the story better.

Definition of Visionary Fiction: Besides telling a good story, VF enlightens and encourages readers to expand their awareness of greater possibilities. It helps them see the world in a new light and recognize dimensions of reality they commonly ignore.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Lisa Cron presents Ask the Story Genius: What Does ‘Likeable’ Really Mean? posted at Witers in the Storm.

Edie Melson presents STREAMLINE YOUR WRITING LIFE WITH THESE 10 TIPS posted at The Write Conversation.

The Magic Violinist presents 4 Ways to Create Empathy in Your Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Ashley Clark presents Bucking Platform And Challenging Your Story posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Ann Wylie presents Turn numbers into things posted at Reach More Readers.

Warren Adler presents he Top 7 Details You Need to Think About When Writing Historical Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

Oren Ashkenazi presents Five Bad Tropes to Drop posted at Mythcreants.

Sarah Fox presents 6 WAYS TO GET INTO YOUR CHARACTER’S HEAD posted at Writerology.

Chris Eboch presents Developing a Great Story in Three (or Four) Steps posted at Fiction University.

James Scott Bell presents 5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel posted at Writer’s Digest.


Alicia Rades presents 4 Things Every Freelance Blogger Should Do on Their Business Birthday posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Nina Amir presents How to Stop Struggling to Become a Consistent Blogger posted at How to Blog a Book.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Controlling Pacing with Structure.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Creative Writing: DIY MFA with Gabriela Pereira.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Robert McKee special: The Night Of — The Importance of Research.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Selling for Authors, Permafree Trad Pub, and Amazon’s Bookstore.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Author Hacks with Derek Murphy.

The Business of Creativity

Sandra Beckwith presents 3 Amazon reader review myths: What you need to know posted at Build Book Buzz.

Ali Luke presents The Four Essential Qualities You Need for Freelance Writing Success (and How to Develop Them) posted at AliVentures.

Lisa de Nikolits presents Reading, Writing, and Promoting posted at Writers and Authors.

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: Let’s Dance on Big Happy Fun House

For the households without washing machines, the place to do the laundry by hand in Zacapu, Michoacán, was at La Zarcita, the lake on the other side of town. –Autobiography of My Hungers by Rigoberto Gonzáles

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 your least favorite chore and what makes it your least favorite.

Art Prompt: Chores

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how people without electricity or modern conveniences manage daily chores.

Photo Credit: Laguna de Zacapu on Wikimedia

  • Fit to drink; suitable for drinking; drinkable.
  • A potable liquid; a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.

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

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about drinking water? Do you take it for granted? Do you enjoy drinking it? Write about water.

Art Prompt: Drinking water

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

Photo Credit: David Fulmer on Flickr

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Bayard Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Lillie Mae Bradford in 1951, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle 1956 lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery for not giving up their bus seats months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery bus boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about someone who becomes a symbol for a movement.

Journaling Prompt: Who is your hero for instigating societal change?

Art Prompt: Civil Disobedience

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Rosa Parks or another hero of the civil rights movement.

Photo Credit: Richard on Flickr