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Amityville Horror

…the Amityville murder house is probably one of the most famous houses in America. The story about what happened there, as told in the horror book and movie, is a hoax. It’s not true. But there was a mass murder there that took place in the house prior to that. I think what inspired the Lutz family to write their book was that they got freaked out while living there, and they had to have an excuse as to why they skedaddled in the middle of the night. I think a lot of people have that internal debate: “Could I live there? Would it freak me out? What if I lived next door?” –Cheryl Eddy

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a family that moves into a house where a terrible murder has taken place. 

Journaling Prompt: How would you feel if you found out you were living in a place where something awful happened? How would you deal with it?

Art Prompt: Haunted house

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a scary story about a haunted house.

Photo Credit: Edward Simpson on Flickr


What happened next went from zero to unspeakable in a very few seconds. Soon afterward, it went beyond unspeakable, to a level of horror that there are no words to describe. –Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of what happened next?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time that circumstances around you seemed to spiral out of control.

Art Prompt: What happened next.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or frightening story about a time when you got caught up in an out-of-control situation.

Photo Credit: W H on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 27, 2012. 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.


I took last week off due to an ability to get my feet back on the ground after winning the District 3 International Speech Contest. I’ll be traveling to Orlando in August to compete in the International semi-finals, and then, if the judges smile on me, to compete in the finals. I’m still floating up amongst the stars, but I’m trying to get back on track for this week with my blogging. So let’s have a carnival!


One of my favorite features on Morning Edition (NPR) is StoryCorps. Since 2003, Story Corps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Head over there and take a listen if you’re in need of some inspiration for your story, journal, or art. At the top of site is a link for “question generator.” Great for journaling ideas! (Thanks to Loren at Conversation Matters for reminding me of this great resource. Sign up for Loren’s newsletter. It’s great!)

Sharing Our Work

Eula presents Robots posted at View from the Winepress.

Writing Quote of the Week

We writers and teachers don’t change lives, and we certainly don’t make lives. We nudge them. We nudge the nudge-able. Let’s not let anyone tell us that the Internet is going to murder the book, because the automobile has yet to murder the bicycle. The book, like the bicycle, is a perfect invention, and perfection dies hard. What object is more beautiful than a book? And if Keats’s calculation is correct and beauty equals truth, then we need to understand that the right books in our hands are paramount for our survival as a species. There’s this great line by W. S. Merwin that I always carry with me: “But we were not born to survive, only to live.” Books, like love, make living possible. -William Giraldi, First Fiction, Poets & Writers Magazine, July 2011

Writing Tips and Prompts

Gail presents Time Management Tuesday: Why Writers Might Want to Take Part in Projects Like “The May Days” posted at Original Content.

Chrys presents Characters Make a Book posted at Write with Fey.

C.S. Lakin presents Muddle the Middle of Your Scenes at Live Write Thrive.


I’ve got two great podcasts from Writing Excuses to share with you this week. The first is on Cathartic Horror with guests Michael Collings and Michaelbent Collings. The next is a Project in Depth look at Howard Tayler’s new book, Force Multiplication. Fascinating!

The Business of Creativity

Michael presents Business Thank You Notes posted at

Derek presents Can You Use the Kindle Store as a Marketing Channel? posted at Concentrix.

Spam of the Week

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