Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 22, 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

Angie Dicken presents The Grief of Expectations posted at Writers Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Jeff Elkins presents 3 Writing Prompts to Tap Into Your Creative Well posted at The Write Practice.

NaNoWriMo

Martin presents 41 Insider Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo 2017 posted at Reedsy.

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing posted at Writers in the Storm.

Cathi Stevenson presents Editors Are Not As Evil As You Might Think. Honest! posted at Book Cover Express.

Nancy Naigle presents Writing Holiday Romance posted at Romance University.

Larry Brooks presents The Bottom-line Explanation of the Mass Failure of Authors posted at StoryFix 2.0.

Joel Foster presents 8 Steps for Writing a Compelling Profile Story posted at The Write Life.

Blogging

Molly Jo Realy presents RECYCLE THOSE BLOG POSTS! posted at The Write Conversation.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about 3 Elements of a Writing Habit that Lasts.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Write a Book a Month with Jacqueline Garlick.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Universal Book Links with Kevin Tumlinson.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Walking a Series Launch Tightrope, with Martha Carr.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Merchandising For Authors With Melissa Addey.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about “Oh Crap, the Cops are Here!” with Joe McKinney.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Keywords, Expert Reviews, and Writing to Market (Featuring Chris Fox).

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Mental Well Being and your writing.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about The Girl on the Train — Blending Genres.

The Business of Creativity

Amy Collins presents Book Promotion: Do This, Not That posted at The Book Designer.

Lois Hoffman presents How to Write a Press Release for a Book posted at The Happy Self-Publisher.

Editor presents 12 Common Self-Publishing Pitfalls posted at TLC Graphics and Narrow Gate Books.

Steven presents Writer = Entrepreneur posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

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

 

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Photo Credit: Dignity on Big Happy Fun House

A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves. –Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

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’s the most memorable experience you’ve had? What made it memorable?

Art Prompt: The morgue

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about why autopsies are important for medical knowledge.

Photo Credit: Tom Bradnock on Flickr

raconteur (n)
  • One who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.

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

Journaling Prompt: Who is your favorite storyteller? What makes their stories so special to you?

Art Prompt: Raconteur

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

Photo Credit: Hans Splinter on Flickr

Inevitably, people have turned to the relatively new science of genetics to try to explain otherwise unfathomable human behaviors, such as spree killing or murder. But the notion that there would be a deterministic, genetic component to someone who went out and shot 20 kids in a school, as Adam Lanza did, is incredibly misguided.

There is a genetic basis to human behaviors. But there is also an environmental component. We used to say nature versus nurture. But we might say nature via nurture. Almost all spree killers display similar characteristics of profound psychological problems, and Adam Lanza was typical in that regard.

Some of those problems have a heritable component. But we don’t understand the genetics of these types of behavior well enough to say that this gene is causing this behavior. It’s perfectly possible for two people to have identical genomes and one of them to be schizophrenic and the other one not.

If we sequenced Adam Lanza’s genome, we would simply find that he has a human genome and that all the variants in him would be found in other people that don’t commit spree killings. –Why Race Is Not a Thing, According to Genetics by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a genetic war.

Journaling Prompt: How curious are you about your genetic make up? Have you considered having one of the mail in tests?

Art Prompt: Genetics

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the latest advancements in genetics.

Photo Credit: James H. on Flickr

They gave her all the crazy ones. The guys thought it was hilarious to watch her try to deal with men who claimed to be from Mars, people with ghosts in their apartments, and little old ladies who said they were sea monsters. –The City’s Gratitude by Meg Candelaria

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who specializes in customer service for people with psychosis.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest thing you ever believed.

Art Prompt: My crazy life

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous speech about a time when you went “crazy” about something.

Photo Credit: Wellcome Images on Flickr

From at least the 1100s to the early 1800s, men and women were judged in courts across Europe and colonial America based on a test called cruentation, or the ordeal of the bier, named for the type of wagon that carried a corpse or coffin.

In such testimony, oozing knife wounds and gushes of blood from the noses and eyes of the deceased were considered proof positive of guilt. –How ‘Talking’ Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders by Erika Engelhaupt

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a superstition around dead bodies for the world of your story.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about dead bodies? Have you ever seen one?

Art Prompt: Talking corpses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of fortune telling through the use of corpses.

Photo Credit: Surian Soosay on Flickr

Small mushroom clouds were not a particularly uncommon sight around the increasingly smaller suburban village of Opahi, and special rules permitted the residents to always have one NanoNuke in their possession, for the sake of protection of course. With mutually assured destruction, having a personal atomic weapon kept things a little bit more peaceful somehow, and just a little bit calmer as well. Disputes actually resolved themselves very quickly. Of course, if they didn’t, one of the parties in the said dispute wasn’t exactly around anymore to continue it. –MAD Men by Corey Ethan Sutch

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a world where everyone has a button that can kill anyone they get angry with.

Journaling Prompt: Would you want to have the power to launch a nuclear weapon?

Art Prompt: NanoNukes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction and how it works.

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 15, 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

Colleen presents Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity posted at Writing and Wellness.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal writing prompt 72: Halloween 2017 – Part 1 posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Writing Tips

Zara Quentin presents How to Build a World (and Why): An Evolutionary Approach posted at Fiction University.

Jeff Goins presents How to Not Waste Your Words: The Secret to Writing a Crappy but Usable First Draft posted at Goins Writer.

Larry Brooks presents Case Study: The Untapped Dramatic Potential of Concept… posted at StoryFix.

Devlin Blake presents Why Now Is The Best Time In History To Be A Writer (Take Advantage of It) posted at Positive Writer.

Jan O’Hara presents Maximize the Benefits of Your Multi-author Writing Cooperative posted at Romance University.

James Scott Bell presents The Random Dialogue Exercise posted at Kill Zone.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Trimming and Expanding.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Going Further With Audiobooks. A Conversation With J. Daniel Sawyer.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Keeping Your Readers Engaged With Multiple Series.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Nielsen, Harry Potter, and Going Wide.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Automation for Authors with Arianna Golden.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about The 5 Day Novel with Scott King.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Bad Writing Habits.

The Business of Creativity

Judith Briles presents Is Your Plan For Success “I Just Want to Write My Books”? posted at The Book Designer.

Callie Oettinger presents Should Writers Be Paid For Everything? posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Chris Syme presents How to Choose the Right Social Media Channel to Sell More Books posted at Smart Marketing for Authors.

Linda Rae presents Authorpreneurship, Part 1 posted at Regency Romance with a Twist.

Michael Larsen presents Presenting You and Your Idea in Less Than a Minute: The Parts of a Perfect Pitch posted at Nonfiction Authors Association.

Tim Grahl presents TRADITIONAL VS SELF PUBLISHING: THE LAST DECISION GUIDE YOU’LL NEED posted at Book Launch.

Cody Sisco presents How to Form an Indie Author Collective (and Why You Should Consider Doing So) posted at Self-Publishing Advice Center.

Carol Tice presents Flash Marketing: How I Booked $25K with Sales Copy Packages posted at Make a Living Writing.

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!