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So sorry everyone. I’ve come down with the flu. I’ll be back next week with a Carnival and new prompts.


Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Raining Cats and Dogs on Last Door Down the Hall Blog

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 where you were born.

Art Prompt: Paradise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the town, state, or land of your birth.

Photo Credit: Adam Cohn on Flickr

eschew [es-choo] verb (used with object)
  • .to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you eschew?

Art Prompt: Eschew

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

Photo Credit: Womans-Holy-War on Wikimedia

Sophie Blanchard (25 March 1778 – 6 July 1819) was a French aeronaut and the wife of ballooning pioneer Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Blanchard was the first woman to work as a professional balloonist, and after her husband’s death she continued ballooning, making more than 60 ascents. Known throughout Europe for her ballooning exploits, Blanchard entertained Napoleon Bonaparte, who promoted her to the role of “Aeronaut of the Official Festivals”, replacing André-Jacques Garnerin. On the restoration of the monarchy in 1814 she performed for Louis XVIII, who named her “Official Aeronaut of the Restoration”.

Ballooning was a risky business for the pioneers. Blanchard lost consciousness on a few occasions, endured freezing temperatures and almost drowned when her balloon crashed in a marsh. In 1819, she became the first woman to be killed in an aviation accident when, during an exhibition in the Tivoli Gardens in Paris, she launched fireworks that ignited the gas in her balloon. Her craft crashed on the roof of a house and she fell to her death. –Wikipedia [See also Prompt #905 Hot Air Ballon Stunts]

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a trailblazer who gives his/her life in pursuit of the goal.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most dangerous thing you ever did.

Art Prompt: Aeronaut

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Sophie Blanchard or another woman who was a pioneer in a field of men.

Photo Credit: Early Flight on Wikimedia

People who climb mountains are lonely people; loneliness is needed. Acquaintances and friends are great things, but climbers need defined mental space that is untouched and unbothered by anyone. –Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a character who requires solitude to achieve his/her goal.

Journaling Prompt: When do you feel lonely? When do you prefer solitude?

Art Prompt: Solitude

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the difference between loneliness and solitude.

Photo Credit: BK on Flickr

Four Times of the Day is a series of four paintings by English artist William Hogarth. Completed in 1736, they were reproduced as a series of four engravings published in 1738. They are humorous depictions of life in the streets of London, the vagaries of fashion, and the interactions between the rich and poor. Unlike many of Hogarth’s other series, such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress, Industry and Idleness, and The Four Stages of Cruelty, it does not depict the story of an individual, but instead focuses on the society of the city. Hogarth intended the series to be humorous rather than instructional; the pictures do not offer a judgment on whether the rich or poor are more deserving of the viewer’s sympathies: while the upper and middle classes tend to provide the focus for each scene, there are fewer of the moral comparisons seen in some of his other works.

The four pictures depict scenes of daily life in various locations in London as the day progresses. Morning shows a prudish spinster making her way to church in Covent Garden past the revellers of the previous night; Noon shows two cultures on opposite sides of the street in St Giles; Evening depicts a dyer’s family returning hot and bothered from a trip to Sadler’s Wells; and Night shows disreputable goings-on around a drunken freemason staggering home near Charing Cross. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the setting is the primary character and follow it through the day.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the four times of your day.

Art Prompt: Four times of the day

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

Photo Credit: Four Times of the Day on Wikimedia

As it was, he’d found out about her interest in voodoo entirely by accident; although interest may have been too strong of a word. He’d simply seen a couple of books on the subject at her house. Lord forbid someone peruse his bookshelf. He could imagine the wild assumptions that could be made. –A Needful Change & Other Stories by C. Edward Baldwin

Fiction Writing Prompt: What’s on your character’s bookshelf and why?

Journaling Prompt: What’s the most interesting book on your book shelf? The most surprising?

Art Prompt: Voodoo

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Take your audience on a tour of your bookshelf.

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Oktoberfest_2015_-_Impression on Wikimedia

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 4, 2018. 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.

This Week on The Writing Reader

The Creative Mindset

Colleen M. Story presents How to Slow Time for More Relaxed, Creative Writing Sessions posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jody presents Should You Become a Writer? posted at Jody Hedlund.

Nicole Dieker presents #SquadGoals: Why Every Freelancer Needs a Writing Community posted at The Write Life.

Jeff Elkins presents 3 Essential Comments Every Writer Needs to Hear posted at The Write Practice.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Space Combat in response to Prompt #4059 Interstellar Embargo.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents Why Characters Need Choices in Fiction posted at Writers Helping Writers.

KM Weiland presents 16 Ways to Make Your Setting a Character in Its Own Right posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Robert Wood presents How To Avoid Writing A Mary Sue Protagonist posted at Standout Books.

Jami presents Story Tropes: Lazy or Helpful? posted at Jami Gold.

Anne presents 10 Reasons to Start an Author Blog: And Why It’s Easier than You Think posted at Anne R. Allen’s Blog.


Nina Amir presents Time Management Tips for Blogging Success posted at How to Blog a Book.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Raising the Stakes.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Werewolves.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Creating a Multi-Author Universe from Scratch with guest Martha Carr.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Using Cultural Shorthand and Established Patterns to Tell Better Stories.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about More Scams, Book Titles, and the Kindle Oasis.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Novelist Rob Palk – Getting an Agent.



Andy Mort presents HOW TO ADOPT THE POSITIVE HABIT OF JOURNALING posted at Positive Writer.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Luke presents Why Novel Series Are So Popular With Indie Authors … and Readers posted at AliVentures.

Joel Friedlander presents Optimum Book Length: the Long and Short of Page Count posted at BookWorks.

Frances Caballo presents Hashtags Just for Writers posted at Social Media Just for Authors.

Rachelle presents SO MANY IDEAS, SO LITTLE TIME posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Erika Liodice presents Why Do Some Writers Choose to Go ‘Indie’? posted at Writer Unboxed.

Kevin McNamara presents How Book Reviews Influence Book Sales 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!