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The train was racketing along one morning about 2 AM when the porter’s buzzer sounded. Dad sprang up, jerked on his white jacket, and made his way to the passenger berths. –“The Man on the Train” by Alex Haley. Excerpt from Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R. Covey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of a porter.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most interesting trip you’ve ever taken and the people you met while travelling.

Art Prompt: Train porter

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the experience of travelling by train.

Photo Credit: Zephyr porter on Wikimedia

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 20, 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

Kristen presents The Single Largest Secret to Success posted at Kristen Lamb.

Jo presents 7 TOOLS TO LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM WRITING DOUBT posted at Inspire Portal.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie presents The Importance of Community to Health in response to Prompt #3081 Loneliness.

Reena Saxeena presents Turning into Stone in response to Prompt #3083 Stone Trolls.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents Double Jeopardy: Hooking the Reader’s Brains and Heart posted at Fiction University.

Jeff Goins presents How to Improve Your Writing Speed and Quality Simultaneously posted at Goins Writer.

Mary Carroll Moore presents One Step Forward, Two Steps Back–Getting Your Work Out in the World posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Nicholas Erick presents Daily Routines of Writers: Using the Power of Habits and Triggers to Write Every Day posted at The Write Practice.

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon presents How to Write and Publish Listicles posted at Women on Writing.

Noelle Sterne presents 8 Rules For Writing in Bed posted at Writer’s Digest.

Blogging

Rachelle presents To Blog or Not to Blog, that is the Questions posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Nate Hoffelder presents 5 WordPress Themes for Professional Authors posted at Jane Friedman.

Nina Amir presents The New SMART Goals Help You Succeed as a Blogger posted at How to Blog a Book.

Elvis Michael presents How to Make Your Content Highly Engaging posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents How to Get Unlimited Blog Post Ideas posted at Blogging Tips.

C. Hope Clark presents Please, Please Do Your Homework Before Pitching posted at Funds for Writers.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The Tool That Will Change How Much You Write.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Netline, Festivals, and Hustlas.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Retrofitting Structure into a First Draft.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Luke presents Why Novellas are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) posted at AliVentures.

Lauren Tharp presents How to NOT Be Your Freelance Blogging Client’s Fool posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Sabrina presents Technology Trends in Publishing posted at Digital Pubbing.

Elizabeth presents Expanding Book Distribution posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

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: Des D. Mona on Flickr

The underground bunker smelled of human stress and old concrete. –Alex Lukeman, The Ajax Protocol

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: What is the creepiest place you’ve ever explored?

Art Prompt: Bunker

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the pastime of exploring abandoned places.

Photo Credit: Kecko on Flickr

inculcate

  • To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you learned through repetition and how you felt about that learning process. 

Art Prompt: Repetition

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

Just outside of the tiny town of Vik, whose population hovers just above 300, lies the famed black pebble beach called Reynisfjara. Towering, hexagonal basalt columns rise from the dark sand at the base of Reynisfjell Mountain, and 216-foot rock pillars called Reynisdrangar jut out of the turbulent North Atlantic Ocean just off the coast.

According to Icelandic folklore, these pillars actually used to be trolls. While dragging a three-mast ship towards land, the trolls were taking too long to reach the shore, and at the break of dawn were instantly turned to stone. Even today, it is believed that if you drive near by the cliffs you can hear their wails and moans, as they long for their home in the mountains. –The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders by Austa Somvichian-Clausen

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of the trolls before they were turned into stone.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite story about living beings turned into stones? What is it that appeals to you about this story?

Art Prompt: Trolls

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a local legend.

Photo Credit: Christian Rüfli on Flickr

But increasingly, she couldn’t help thinking that perhaps there was something ultimately inexplicable about all of this; that even when explanations were found, there would always be more to decipher, to unravel, to undo . . . like a knot. But not exactly. When one undid a knot, it didn’t explain the knot; it just made the knot cease to exist. –Tiffany Tsao, The Oddfits

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who knows something is not right, but must investigate to find out what it is.

Journaling Prompt: What is your intuition telling you right now?

Art Prompt: Perplexing

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can benefit from listening to their intuition.

Photo Credit: Kathryn on Flickr

Approximately 42.6 million adults over age 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness, according to AARP’s Loneliness Study. In addition, the most recent U.S. census data shows more than a quarter of the population lives alone, more than half of the population is unmarried and, since the previous census, marriage rates and the number of children per household have declined. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a protagonist whose loneliness drives him/her to make a mistake.

Journaling Prompt: Who do you know who might be lonely? Write about why you think they are lonely, then give them a call!

Art Prompt: Loneliness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the health effects of chronic loneliness.

Photo Credit: Geraint Rowland on Flickr

I still remember that moment as if it was yesterday. I was nine years old when I first encountered La Guadalupe. I traveled with Abuela from my hometown Yabucoa, a small town on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, to Ponce, the island’s second major city. We were going to visit Abuela’s relatives.

“First things first, ” Abuela announced when we arrived. “We will go the Ponce Cathedral to pay our respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe.” –Lillian Comas

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who is going to pay homage.

Journaling Prompt: Who do you or would you travel to pay homage to?

Art Prompt: Paying homage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of a local shrine that people travel to.

Photo Credit: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 13, 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

Shannon Dittemore presents The Writer vs The Author posted at Go Teen Writer.

Melanie Bishop presents The Value of Writing Retreats posted at Jane Friedman.

Casey Herringshaw presents Criticism? Who Likes Criticism?? posted at The Writers Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Elsie Hagley presents Pusillanimous Pantoum Poem in response to Prompt #3078 Word of the Week – Pusillanimous.

Sharing Our Work

Joseph Lewis presents Lessons From Stella posted at Simple Thoughts From A Complicated Mind, Sort Of . . ..

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Why Novellas are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) posted at AliVentures.

Elizabeth presents Taking Series Characters on the Road posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents In the Flesh: Fleshing Out Flat Characters posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Nonfiction Book Success–The Challenge of Telling Someone Else’s True Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Melissa Bowersock presents Why Can’t Writers Kill the Little Darlings? posted at Indies Unlimited.

Angela Ackerman presents Character Motivation Entry: Protecting One’s Home or Property posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Blogging

Elvis Michael presents How to Screw Up Your Guest Blogging Opportunities posted at Blogging Pro.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents How to Attract Quality Guest Bloggers posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Build a Community of Raving Fans for Your Book Launch.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Control, Planning, and the Amazon UK Store.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Structure on the Fly.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Frictionless Marketing with Damon Courtney.

The Business of Creativity

Sabrina presents 8 Fun Trends in Reading and Publishing posted at Digital Pubbing.

Peter Boyle presents How to Break Up with a Client without Burning Your Bridges posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Robin Cutler presents Libraries and Bookstores Are Getting Into Indie Publishing posted at BookWorks.

Editor presents How Freelancers Can Make a Good First Impression on Clients posted at Blogging Tips.

Susan Daffron presents How to create an e-book box set from a series of books posted at Build Book Buzz.

W. Bradford Swift presents Breaking into the Lucrative Magazine Market with the Big R Game posted at Funds for Writers.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!