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KNOWING THAT YOU’D GOTTEN your own self into a mess wasn’t all that much consolation when you were about to die. –Anna Elliott, The Witch Queen’s Secret

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put your protagonist into a mess of his/her own making that could be lethal.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the biggest mess that you ever got yourself into? How did it turn out?

Art Prompt: Mess

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a big mess you got yourself into.

Photo Credit: Andy Mangold on Flickr

Royal assent or sanction is the method by which a country’s monarch (possibly through a delegated official) formally approves an act of that nation’s parliament. In certain nations, such assent makes the act law (promulgation) while in other nations assent is distinct from promulgation. In the vast majority of contemporary monarchies, this act is considered to be little more than a formality; even in those nations which still permit their monarchs to withhold royal assent (such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Liechtenstein), the monarch almost never does so, save in a dire political emergency or upon the advice of their government. While the power to withhold royal assent was once exercised often in European monarchies, it is exceedingly rare in the modern, democratic political atmosphere that has developed there since the 18th century.

Royal assent is sometimes associated with elaborate ceremonies. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the sovereign may appear personally in the House of Lords or may appoint Lords Commissioners, who announce that royal assent has been granted at a ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster for this purpose. However, royal assent is usually granted less ceremonially by letters patent. In other nations, such as Australia, the governor-general merely signs the bill. In Canada, the governor general may give assent either in person at a ceremony held in the Senate or by a written declaration notifying parliament of his or her agreement to the bill. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict arises from the monarch withholding royal assent.

Journaling Prompt: If you could be King or Queen, what country would you like to rule over and why? 

Art Prompt: Royal Assent

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the tradition of royal assent and what it means in the modern age.

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said ‘Bother!’ and ‘O blow!’ and also ‘Hang spring-cleaning!’ and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat. –Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which weather drives the action.

Journaling Prompt: What distracts you from doing what you know you should do?

Art Prompt: Spring Cleaning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a spring adventure.

Photo Credit: SpiderMonkeyDerp on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 11, 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

Lauren presents 3 SIMPLE WAYS TO WIN THE ARGUMENT WITH YOUR INNER CRITIC posted at Lauren Sapala.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Stephanie McKnight presents a Twitter story in response to Prompt #3004 Moving Day is On Hold.

Rosemary Carlson presents The Rainy Day in response to Prompt #3011 The Rainy Day.

Chris Black posted a reply in the comments in response to Prompt #3011 The Rainy Day.

Sharing Our Work

Michael Hartland presents Shillingstone posted at These Songs I Have Been Given.

Jena Henry presents Stay Golden posted at Jena’s Books.

Creativity Quote of the Week


HOW TO USE PLOT FORMULAS provided by E.A. Deverell.

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Ten Sentence-Level Mistakes to Watch Out for When Editing Your Fiction [With Examples] posted at Ali Ventures.

Kristen presents Description—Writer Crack & Finding the Write Balance posted at Kristen Lamb.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Tips for Surviving a Manuscript Read-Through (The Essential Last Step before You Send Out Your Book) posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Abigail Wiley presents 4 Tips for Writing Realistic Sibling Relationships posted at Go Teen Writers.

Sarah Juckes presents 10 Things You’ll Find in Every Bestselling Book posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Big Al presents The Difference Between Alpha, Beta, and ARC Readers posted at Indies Unlimited.

CS Lakin presents Developing a Strong Novel Concept Starting with an Archetype posted at Live Write Thrive.

Chris Winkle presents Creating Your Villain’s Journey posted at Mythcreants.

Brian DeLeonard presents The Chosen One: Trope Reboot posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kevin Nelson presents 5 Crucial Writing Tactics for Beginners posted at Novel Publicity.


Elvis Michael presents How to Make Money by Giving Everything Away posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents What Are Your Blogging Fears? posted at Blogging Tips.

Lauren Tharp presents What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Motivation to Blog posted at Little Zotz Writing.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Developing Your Own, Personal Style.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about High Concept Branding, Facebook Groups, and Blab.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Have a Tribe and Love Your Tribe.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about The Role of Writers as Torchbearers for Their Readers: Interview with Nancy Duarte.

The Business of Creativity

Stephanie Ruopp presents Weird Science: Using the Wacky Psychology Behind Negotiations to Your Advantage posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Carla King presents Book Sales Strategies & Tools for Indie Author Success posted at BookWorks.

Marcy Kennedy presents Creating Promotional Material That Works: Swag posted at Fiction University.

Nick Rojas presents Five Social Media Strategies to Make Your Book a Bestseller posted at How to Blog a Book.

Sabrina presents What Are the Ingredients of a Successful Marketing Plan? posted at Digital Pubbing.

Penny Sansevieri presents 10 Ways to Breathe New Life into an Older Book posted at Author Marketing Experts.

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: Kylie_Jaxxon on Flickr

When Shuos Jedao walked into his temporary quarters on Station Muru 5 and spotted the box, he assumed someone was attempting to assassinate him. It had happened before. –Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee

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 surprise delivery you received.

Art Prompt: Surprise!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a surprise package you recieved.

Photo Credit: Rob Beschizza on Flickr

  • Wicked in the extreme; iniquitous.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about some wickedness you have experienced or witnessed and how you felt/reacted.

Art Prompt: Nefarious

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

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr

…research shows many people have homicidal thoughts or fantasies (as many as 79 percent of men and 66 percent of women in a 1993 survey of university students), DeLisi said. It becomes a problem when those thoughts progress to contemplating situations in which homicide is appropriate, forecasting consequences of murder or simulating the act of killing.

“For most people, the thoughts are short-lived and related to a dispute. They may think about killing someone instantaneously, but once they cool down they’re OK,” DeLisi said. “For correctional clients, it’s part of their emotional life. They have a lot of anger, hostility and psychopathology. They think people are out to get them and they’re very aggressive, so some of these severe offenders contemplate homicide.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who escalates from contemplation to execution of a homicide and the aftermath.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever fantasied about hurting someone? Write about that experience, however brief it may have been. What did you learn about yourself?

Art Prompt: Fantasies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how dangerous fantasies can be and how to deal with them when they happen.

Photo Credit: Andy on Flickr

The captain remembered that even when he was a small boy — before he went to sea at age thirteen — he had carried his deep mood of melancholy within him like a cold secret. This melancholic nature had manifested itself in his pleasure at standing outside the village on a winter night watching the lamp lights fade, by finding small places in which to hide — claustrophobia had never been a problem for Francis Crozier — and by being so afraid of the dark, seeing it as the avatar of the death that had claimed his mother and grandmother in such a stealthy way, that he had perversely sought it out, hiding in the root cellar while other boys played in the sunlight. Crozier remembered that cellar — the grave chill of it, the smell of cold and mold, the darkness and inward-pressing which left one alone with dark thoughts. –The Terror by Dan Simmons

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of someone with melancholy.

Journaling Prompt: What is your general mood? Do you ever hide your true mood from people?

Art Prompt: Melancholy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about mood disorders.

Photo Credit: Neil Moralee on Flickr

In 1848, when news of the Gold Rush began spreading, people were so desperate to get to California that all sorts of dubious vessels were pressed into service, Everett says. On arrival, ship captains found no waiting cargo or passengers to justify a return journey—and besides, they and their crew were eager to try their own luck in the gold fields…

Sometimes the ships were put to other uses. The most famous example is the whaling ship Niantic, which was intentionally run aground in 1849 and used as a warehouse, saloon, and hotel before it burned down in a huge fire in 1851 that claimed many other ships in the cove. A hotel was later built atop the remnants of the Niantic at the corner of Clay and Sansome streets, about six blocks from the current shoreline. –New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco by Greg Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an abandoned ship.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you left behind that you wish you still had.

Art Prompt: Abandoned ship

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about the California Gold Rush.

Photo Credit: Whaleship Niantic on Wikimedia