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A kibbutz (Hebrew: קִבּוּץ‎ / קיבוץ‎, lit. “gathering, clustering”; plural kibbutzim קִבּוּצִים‎ / קיבוצים‎) is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz, established in 1909, was Degania. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (Hebrew: קִבּוּצְנִיק‎ / קיבוצניק‎).-Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set on a kibbutz or another type of collective community.

Journaling Prompt: How do you get along with the people you live with? What do you struggle with and wish could change? What is the best part about it?

Art Prompt: Kibbutz

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of collective living.

She went her unremembering way,
She went and left in me
The pang of all the partings gone,
And partings yet to be.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku about partings.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the loss of someone you loved.

Art Prompt: Partings

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a loss that changed your life.

Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr

Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl, peace activist and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov and received a personal reply with a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.

Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a “Goodwill Ambassador” and became known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador” participating in peacemaking activities in Japan.[1] She wrote a book about her visit to the Soviet Union and co-starred in the television series Lime Street, before her death at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Tell the story of a remarkable child.

Journaling Prompt: What did you do as a kid that you are still proud of?

Art Prompt: Peace

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Samantha Smith and draw some lessons that we can learn from her.

Photo Credit: U.S. girl Samantha Smith in Artek on Wikimedia

Having climbed the ranks in her finance company to CFO quickly and efficiently, Marin understands there were those who viewed her with contempt. Names whispered behind her back as she chaired meetings and led the company through mergers and acquisitions, one success following another. She worked hard for her place in the world. Others’ jealousies or opinions are not her problem, and she will not allow them to constrain her. She knows plenty of women whose self-esteem is based on the estimations of others. They choose the clothes that are in fashion, even if they don’t suit their taste. They let their colleagues define the boundaries of their careers. Live their lives according to strangers’ rules. Marin congratulates herself for being above the rest. For standing in a place of her own making, for earning her success and creating her perfect life. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a powerful, self-made woman.

Journaling Prompt: How do you measure success?

Art Prompt: Powerful woman

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a powerful woman and how she gained her power.

Photo Credit: Sam Churchill on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 16, 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

Ava Jae presents On Balancing Work, Yourself, and Life posted at Writability.

KM Weiland presents Not Feeling Creative? 4 Ways to Reignite the “Wonder” in Your Writing posted at WordPlay.

Kristen Pope presents A Step-By-Step Guide to Planning Your Writing Retreat posted at The Write Life.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Reena Saxeena presents The Speaker’s Thoughts in response to Prompt #2013 The Long Speech

Rosemary Carlson presents The Old Man by the Sea in response to Prompt #2053 Visual Prompt – High Tide.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal writing prompt no. 59: Tree of Life?.

Writing Tips

Kathryn Craft presents Building a Chapter for Emotional Impact posted at Writer Unboxed.

Ali Luke presents How I Wrote More Fiction in 2016 than In Any Other Year (Despite Two Small Children) posted at Aliventures.

Lynette Eason presents THE QUESTION OF BECOMING A HYBRID AUTHOR posted at The Write Conversation.

Loucinda McGary presents Five Things to Consider During Revisions posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents The Difference Between Setting and World Building posted at Fiction University.

CS Lakin presents Tips for Weaving Romance into Your Novel posted at Writers Helping Writers.


Elvis Michael presents How to Get Over the Fear of Marketing posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Ego-Based Limiting Belief that Stunts Your Blogging Growth posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about How to Nail Character Voice in First Person.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Price Wars, Gender Bias, and MasterClasses.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Writing to Your Market Versus Writing to Your Muse.


Dolly Garland presents A Lesson in Patience and Positivity posted at Kaizen Journaling.

The Business of Creativity

Heather Webb presents 10 Steps to a Successful Book Launch posted at Writers in the Storm.

Xavier Davis presents DRM (Digital Rights Management): What You Need to Know posted at BookWorks.

Elizabeth presents Expanding Book Distribution posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

C. Hope Clark presents Overnight Success posted at Funds for Writers.

Gordon Long presents Design Your Book to Sell posted at Indies Unlimited.

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: De vadermoorders by David Bles on Wikimedia

I shut the door of the old Victorian behind me, and the stuffy atmosphere closed in: overheated, dry, and redolent of mothballs. Remnants of cool mist clung to my skin, already transmuting to sweat. A whiff of old paper cut through the miasma. I focused on that familiar, beloved scent, and steadied myself. –Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

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 would you feel moving into an old home that hasn’t been lived in for a while? Why?

Art Prompt: Victorian mansion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a ghost story.

Photo Credit: Jon Dickson on Flickr

  • Sleight of hand.
  • A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.

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

Journaling Prompt: What magic trick would you love to be able to do?

Art Prompt: Legerdemain

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

Photo Credit: gordon cowan on Flickr

In the Middle Ages, knighthood was often conferred with elaborate ceremonies. These usually involved the knight-to-be taking a bath (possibly symbolic of spiritual purification) during which he was instructed in the duties of knighthood by more senior knights. He was then put to bed to dry. Clothed in a special robe, he was led with music to the chapel where he spent the night in a vigil. At dawn he made confession and attended Mass, then retired to his bed to sleep until it was fully daylight. He was then brought before the King, who after instructing two senior knights to buckle the spurs to the knight-elect’s heels, fastened a belt around his waist, then struck him on the neck (with either a hand or a sword), thus making him a knight. It was this accolade which was the essential act in creating a knight, and a simpler ceremony developed, conferring knighthood merely by striking or touching the knight-to-be on the shoulder with a sword, or “dubbing” him, as is still done today. In the early medieval period the difference seems to have been that the full ceremonies were used for men from more prominent families. –Order of the Bath

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which knighthood (or another special status) is conferred upon your protagonist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite story about the era of knights.

Art Prompt: Knight

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about rituals from the Middle Ages, such as the the ritual of knighthood.

Photo Credit: Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton on Wikimedia

What you seek on your journey is not a solution to a problem, not the answer to a question, but an encounter with mystery that will by very definition far exceed the best efforts of your mind, the outermost limits of your imagination. –God Hunger: Discovering the Mystic in all of Us by John Kirvan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Take your protagonist on the journey of a mystic.

Journaling Prompt: What unknowable mystery would you like to understand and why?

Art Prompt: Mystic journey

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of mysticism.

Photo Credit: Karacan Salkuci on Flickr