Able Archer 83 is the codename for a command post exercise carried out in November 1983 by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). As with Able Archer exercises from previous years, the purpose of the exercise was to simulate a period of conflict escalation, culminating in a simulated DEFCON 1 coordinated nuclear attack. Coordinated from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) headquarters in Casteau, Belgium, it involved NATO forces throughout Western Europe, beginning on November 7, 1983, and lasting for five days.

The 1983 exercise introduced several new elements not seen in previous years, including a new, unique format of coded communication, radio silences, and the participation of heads of government. This increase in realism, combined with deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some members of the Soviet Politburo and military to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war, obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike. In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air units in East Germany and Poland on alert. The apparent threat of nuclear war ended with the conclusion of the exercise on November 11.

Some historians have since argued that Able Archer 83 was one of the times when the world has come closest to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Other incidents that also brought the world close to such a war include the Soviet nuclear false alarm incident that occurred a month earlier and the Norwegian rocket incident of 1995. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a war game that was used as a ruse to conceal the actual operation.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the political tensions in the world today?

Art Prompt: Able Archer 83

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of nuclear close calls and what we can learn from them today.

Photo Credit: Able Archer 83 After Action Report on Wikimedia

Nancy didn’t talk to anyone the first week, nor the second. The boys in Jack’s cabin said Nancy had escaped from juvenile prison and was hiding out. Other cabins had their own rumors.

Nancy was a Kennedy.

Nancy had her tongue ripped out by wolves.

Nancy ripped out her own tongue.

Nancy had tattoos.

Nancy had no parents.

Nancy had seventeen parents, the result of a series of divorces, kidnappings, and illegal adoptions.

Nancy was an alien.

Nancy was a witch.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a new girl at school and the mystery of who she is.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you didn’t understand.

Art Prompt: Shy girl

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a mysterious person you met.

Photo Credit: Darla دارلا Hueske on Flickr

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The Creative Mindset

Bryan Hutchinson presents Don’t Let the “Play-It-Safers” Talk You Out of Your Writing Potential posted at Positive Writers.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents Three Ways to Make Your Writing Come Alive posted at Fiction University.

Larry Brooks presents A Short Primer (Video) on Story Structure… and Why It May Not Be What You Think It Is posted at Story Fix 2.0.

Steven presents 50 Ways to say “I Love You” posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Chuck Wendig presents HERE’S HOW TO FINISH YOUR REVISION, YOU FILTHY ANIMAL posted at Terrible Minds.

Will Van Stone Jr. presents Beyond Good & Evil: The Remaking of Heroes & Villains posted at Kate Tilton.

RS presents 3 Ways To Change Your Writing Perspective posted at RS Mollison-Read.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Choosing a Length.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Also-Boughts, Business Plans, and Kindle Unlimited 2.0.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Paradigm Shift in the Audiobook Industry with Scott Brick and Greg Lawrence.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Success through Community with Barry J. Hutchison.

This week’s podcast at Kunz on Publishing is all about 4 Hot Tips To Writing A Sell Sheet’s “Call-To-Action”.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Productivity For Creative People With Mark McGuinness.

The Business of Creativity

Frances Caballo presents Amazon Ads for Indie Authors posted at The Book Designer.

Bernadette Geyer presents 2 Easy Productivity Hacks for Writers posted at Women on Writing.

Jeff Goins presents How I Published a Bestseller, Got a 6-figure Book Contract, & Made a Million Dollars posted at Goins Writer.

Carol Tice presents Double Your Rates With This Writer’s Proven Negotiation Techniques posted at Make a Living Writing.

Stacy presents ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS CHECKLIST posted at Pub Crawl.

Joanne Dannon presents Self Publishing is a Collaborative Effort posted at Romance University.

Claire Whitmell presents 10 Things Your Readers Want To Hear About posted at Publishing Spark.

Russell Phillips presents Practical Self-Publishing Tips: How to Back Up Your Book Manuscripts and Marketing Files posted at Self-Publishing Advice Center.

Martin Crosbie presents Launching Your Book – What’s Working? 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: Saducismus on Wikimedia

When I was young I dreamed of becoming a lioness, but when the moons turned and I became a woman, the gods made me a mouse. –Squeak by Emma Osborne

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: If you could change into an animal for the night of the full moon, what animal would you enjoy being?

Art Prompt: Mouse

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the animal that you admire the most and why.

Photo Credit: Paul Gulliver on Flickr

  • To scold severely or angrily.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you felt when being berated. How do you cope with angry people?

Art Prompt: Berate

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

Photo Credit: Neal on Flickr

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad… The Gold Rush initiated the California Genocide, with 100,000 Native Californians dying between 1848 and 1868. By the time it ended, California had gone from a thinly populated ex-Mexican territory to the home state of the first nominee for the Republican Party…

The first to hear confirmed information of the gold rush were the people in Oregon, the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), and Latin America, and they were the first to start flocking to the state in late 1848. Of the 300,000 people who came to America during the Gold Rush, approximately half arrived by sea and half came overland on the California Trail and the Gila River trail; forty-niners often faced substantial hardships on the trip. While most of the newly arrived were Americans, the Gold Rush attracted tens of thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China. Agriculture and ranching expanded throughout the state to meet the needs of the settlers. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852. Roads, churches, schools and other towns were built throughout California…

At the beginning of the Gold Rush, there was no law regarding property rights in the goldfields and a system of “staking claims” was developed. Prospectors retrieved the gold from streams and riverbeds using simple techniques, such as panning. Although the mining caused environmental harm, more sophisticated methods of gold recovery were developed and later adopted around the world. New methods of transportation developed as steamships came into regular service. By 1869 railroads were built across the country from California to the eastern United States. At its peak, technological advances reached a point where significant financing was required, increasing the proportion of gold companies to individual miners. Gold worth tens of billions of today’s dollars was recovered, which led to great wealth for a few. However, many returned home with little more than they had started with. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during the California Gold Rush.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest thing you ever did trying to make money.

Art Prompt: California Gold Rush

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how the California Gold Rush changed the US.

Photo Credit: Panning on the Mokelumne on Wikimedia

A strange appearance, known as the “Scanlan Lights,” is connected with the family of Scanlan of Ballyknockane, Co. Limerick, and is seen frequently at the death of a member. The traditional origin of the lights is connected with a well-known Irish legend, which we give here briefly. Scanlan Mor (died A.D. 640), King of Ossory, from whom the family claim descent, was suspected of disaffection by Aedh mac Ainmire, Ard-Righ of Ireland, who cast him into prison, and loaded him with fetters. When St. Columcille attended the Synod of Drom Ceat, he besought Aedh to free his captive, but the Ard-Righ churlishly refused; whereupon Columcille declared that he should be freed, and that that very night he should unloose his (the Saint’s) brogues. Columcille went away, and that night a bright pillar of fire appeared in the air, and hung over the house where Scanlan was imprisoned. A beam of light darted into the room where he lay, and a voice called to him, bidding him rise, and shake off his fetters. In amazement he did so, and was led out past his guards by an angel. He made his way to Columcille, with whom he was to continue that night, and as the Saint stooped down to unloose his brogues Scanlan anticipated him, as he had prophesied. –St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour, True Irish Ghost Stories

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving supernatural intervention in the events of humans.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about stories like the one above?

Art Prompt: Angel on call

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about St. Columba (Columcille) and his exploits.

Photo Credit: Saint Columba converting the Picts on Wikimedia

Ancient Greek legends tell of brazen sailors embarking on long and perilous voyages to the remote land of Cilicia, where they traveled to procure what they believed was the world’s most valuable saffron. The best-known Hellenic saffron legend is that of Crocus and Smilax: The handsome youth Crocus sets out in pursuit of the nymph Smilax in the woods near Athens; in a brief dallying interlude of idyllic love, Smilax is flattered by his amorous advances, but all too soon tires of his attentions. He continues his pursuit; she resists. She bewitches Crocus: he is transformed—into a saffron crocus. Its radiant orange stigmas were held as a relict glow of an undying and unrequited passion. The tragedy and the spice would be recalled later:

Crocus and Smilax may be turn’d to flow’rs,
And the Curetes spring from bounteous show’rs
I pass a hundred legends stale, as these,
And with sweet novelty your taste to please.
Ovid, Metamorphoses.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving trade in a precious spice.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite flower and what it means to you.

Art Prompt: Crocus and Smilax

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

Photo Credit: Chris Alban Hansen on Flickr

They came out of the tangled forest into the clearing with its ruins and waterfall. The falls’ spill down the high cliffs was soft in this season. Instead of churning the water, it merely spread and rippled around the cliff. The broad pool had a dark, almost black sheen, like sheets of best-quality silk dyed to the color of a moonless night. –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in the place described above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the most beautiful wild place you’ve ever visited.

Art Prompt: Waterfall and ruins

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a hike you went on, paying particular attention to description that engages as many senses as possible.

Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture on Flickr