Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Artistry on Big Happy Fun House

From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down. –Under the Dome by Stephen King

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 the first time you ever flew in a plane.

Art Prompt: Aerial view

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how your home town has changed as shown by aerial view photos.

Photo Credit: srv007 on Flickr

  • a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja’s procession; the panoply of European history.
  • a complete suit of armor.
  • a protective covering.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most amazing spectacle you’ve ever witnessed.

Art Prompt: Panoply

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

The structural engineers on the [World Trade Center] project also considered the possibility that an aircraft could crash into the building. In July 1945, a B-25 bomber that was lost in the fog had crashed into the 78th and 79th floors of the Empire State Building. A year later, another airplane crashed into the 40 Wall Street building, and there was another close call at the Empire State Building. In designing the World Trade Center, Leslie Robertson considered the scenario of the impact of a jet airliner, the Boeing 707, which might be lost in the fog, seeking to land at JFK or at Newark airports. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found a three-page white paper that mentioned another aircraft impact analysis, involving impact of a jet at 600 mph (970 km/h), was indeed considered, but NIST could not locate the documentary evidence of the aircraft impact analysis. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of engineers who foresee a potential terrorist attack.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the feelings that you experience when you hear about a terrorist attack.

Art Prompt: Terror

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the building of the World Trade Center.

Photo Credit: Remains of WTC2 facade after 9-11 on Wikimedia

They entered the observation area looking in on the interrogation room. Inside, a wiry young man sat at an empty table. His fingers entwined with one another in tight knots. His heels bounced on the floor. His nostrils flared. His eyes darted from wall to wall with the tension of a trapped animal. –The Mysterious Mauling by A. C. Spahn

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write an interrogation scene.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you felt like you were being interrogated? What emotions did you feel? 

Art Prompt: Interrogation

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about modern interrogation techniques.

Photo Credit: Shuayb Popat on Flickr

IN 1983, THE USS CORAL Sea CV-43 Catapult One was cruising the Atlantic Ocean, and the engineering department discovered a small problem. The ship had an excess of small plastic bottles, meant to test oil. Someone in the department came up with a fun way to deal with the overstock: Let the crew use them to send out messages into the open ocean. –Found: The Owner of a Message-in-a-Bottle Sent in 1983

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a message in a bottle.

Journaling Prompt: If you were writing a message to put in a bottle to set adrift at sea, what would it say?

Art Prompt: Message in a bottle

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a message in a bottle.

Photo Credit: World Oregon on Flickr

Whether slicing, dicing, chiffonading, or julienning carrots, potatoes and celery or precisely separating turkey meat from its carcass, I take a lot of satisfaction from the details of my work. I’m not as thrilled with the way our extended family chomps down my soup, wipes their mouths on their napkins or sleeves, and then collapses on the couch to watch whatever game is on TV.

Maybe today the family will surprise me, but I doubt it. –Day After Thanksgiving Soup by Debra H. Goldstein

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the cook of the family.

Journaling Prompt: Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite dish to make for your family?

Art Prompt: Cooking

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

Photo Credit: Angelina Earley on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 26, 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

Bryan Hutchinson presents What Art School Failed to Teach Me About Writing & Rejection posted at Postive Writer.

Emily Morgan presents 7 Focus-Enhancing Tips to Help Boost Your Productivity posted at This Incandescent Life.

Laura Tong presents How I Went From Scared Witless to Being a Published Author posted at Write to Done.

Julia Reffner presents Kiss Frantic Goodbye: The Backwards Path to Increasing Creativity posted at The Writers Alley.

Sharing Our Work

Asher presents NaNoWriMo Check-In Wk 1 posted at Who is Asher Gray?.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents How to Handle Conflicting Critiques posted at Fiction University.

Jeff Goins presents 10 Ridiculously Simple Steps for Writing a Book posted at Goins Writer.

Rachelle presents FOCUS ON WRITING THE BEST BOOK YOU CAN posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Russell Ricard presents Don’t Panic: How to Approach a Marked-Up Manuscript From Your Book Editor posted at The Write Life.

Liz Bureman presents Parentheses: How to Use ( ) Correctly posted at The Write Practice.

Chris Freese presents Create Your Own Bad Guys and Sleazy Protagonists posted at Writers Digest.

KM Weiland presents How to Ace the First Act in Your Sequel posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Melissa Donovan presents 21 Do-It-Yourself Editing Tips posted at Writing Forward.

Kathy Neely presents CREATING LIFE-LIKE CHARACTERS posted at The Write Conversation.

Larry Brooks presents The Big Lie About Writing Compelling Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

Vicki Delany presents Write What You Want to Know posted at Romance University.

Sacha Black presents 5 Tips For Writing Superbad Villains posted at The Creative Penn.


Ryan Biddulph presents How To Build A Successful Blog Even If You Are A Nobody From Nowhere posted at Blogging Tips.


This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Nine Movies All Writers Should Watch.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Humble Bundle, Isaac Asimov, and Multiple Markets (Live From Austin, Texas).

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Flash Fiction.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Watchmen — Image Systems and Controlling Ideas.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about How to be Brief, Yet Powerful.

The Business of Creativity

John Soares presents Secrets of Successful Meetings with Freelance Writing Clients posted at Productive Writer.

Stever Robbins presents Negotiate More Money with These Simple Tricks posted at Quick and Dirty Tips.

Sarah Bolme presents Do You Have a Platform? posted at The Book Designer.

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!

The moose head was fixed to the wall, the microphone in its mouth was broken, but the camera in its left eye was working just fine, and as far as the moose head could see, this was just another Friday night in the Lumber Lodge! –The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke

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: Have you ever been somewhere that you had the feeling someone was watching or listening to you? Write about it.

Art Prompt: Moosehead

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about trying to spy on someone.

Photo Credit: Head of Moose on Wikimedia