Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 4, 2016. 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

Jamie Raintree presents Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles to a Writing Career posted at Writers in the Storm.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Rob McLeod presents Homemade is Best – Thoughts of Christmas’ Past posted at Florida Cracker Chronicles.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal #writingprompt 50: Unleash Your Creativity posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Resources

Ernie Mendozza presents Essential Apps for Procrastinating Writers posted at Indies Unlimited.

Jami presents Worksheets for Writers posted at Jami Gold.

Writing Tips

Oren Ashkenazi presents Six Common Problems in Short Stories posted at Mythcreants.

Janice Hardy presents Writing Basics: The Midpoint Reversal posted at Fiction University.

Stephanie Morrill presents Mail Bag: How do you make your characters feel real, and more! posted at Go Teen Writers.

Roz Morris presents 5 ESSENTIAL WRITING HABITS I LEARNT GHOST-WRITING BESTSELLERS posted at Inspire Portal.

The Magic Violinist presents 6 Characters Your Protagonist Needs to Have Around posted at The Write Practice.

Casey Herringshaw presents Editing Tips: Under the POV Microscope posted at The Writers Alley.

Katherine Langrish presents Faerie-led: Thoughts on Writing Meaningful Fantasy posted at Tor.com.

KM Weiland presents Not Feeling Creative? 4 Ways to Reignite the “Wonder” in Your Writing posted at Word Play.

Elizabeth Sims presents Tapping Your Inner Villain posted at Writer’s Dig.

Mia Botha presents 7 Other Characters To Consider When You Write A Book posted at Writers Writer.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents Seven Ways to Start a Blog Post … and Seven Ways to Finish It posted at Aliventures.

Edie Melson presents 9 Things I Learned About Blogging From My Dog posted at The Write Conversation.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Drama.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Building Unstoppable Street Teams with JA Huss.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Luck, Oyster, and Seven-Figure Deals.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Batman v Superman vs Captain America Civil War — 1: Character Motivation.

Videos

Visual Arts

MD Jackson presents Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 2 posted at Amazing Stories.

Christopher Jobson presents Anna Gillespie Fuses Nature and Art in her Figurative Sculptures Made of Acorns, Beechnut Casings and Bronze posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Emma Louise Hudson presents 6 Simple Steps for Optimized Blog Posts That’ll Wow Your Clients posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Peter Daisyme presents Social Media Etiquette Every Blogger Needs to Understand posted at Blogging Tips.

Amy Collins presents Book Promotion: Do This, Not That — Interview with Pamela Beason posted at The Book Designer.

Frances Caballo presents How to Use Pinterest to Boost Your Website’s SEO posted at Book Works.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: Pinterest posted at Digital Pubbing.

Elizabeth presents Metadata Tools posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Nina Amir presents How to Get Traditionally Published with Low Blog Readership posted at How to Blog a Book.

Lauren Tharp presents The Seven P’s of Perfect Freelancing posted at LittleZotz Writing.

Holly Ashby presents 5 Important Questions to Answer Before Freelance Writing Abroad posted at The Write Life.

Staff presents 10 Tips To Host A Creative Contest That Promotes Your Book posted at Web Design Relief.

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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Pat Kight on Flickr

hallway

The morning sun paved the hall’s hardwood floor in amber light as Adam shoved his lunch into a leather satchel. He tugged his coat off a hanger, and she gave him a kiss. –A Piece of Herself by Liz Walker

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 your morning routine. How would you like to improve it?

Art Prompt: Sunlit 

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your morning routine and why you use it.

Photo Credit: David-Michael Cook on Flickr

lackadaisical

Lackadaisical adj

  • without interest, vigor, or determination; listless;lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt.
  • lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you do when you start feeling lackadaisical?

Art Prompt: Lackadaisical

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

Photo Credit: Lindsey C, on Flickr

laughing

On January 30, 1962… three schoolgirls at a small, mission-run boarding school in the village of Kashasha (Tanganyika) started laughing.

That would be nothing special in and of itself, of course — it would be very difficult to find a school where a single day goes by without a group of three or so girls (or boys, for that matter) laughing at something. And what happened next in Tanganyika is, similarly, a non-story: more children laughed.

And more, and more, and more. At one point, 95 of the 159 students in the school were caught up in the laughing craze — with no explanation. The laughter was not prompted by a joke or silly event, or, really, anything. It just seemed to spread haphazardly much like a virus. And it was not a simple “hah” here or there. Those struck with the giggles laughed for hours on end, and some were laughing for days. In total, according to researcher Christian F. Hempelmann, Kashasha and surrounding villages were overcome with uncontrollable laughter intermittently for over a year, and perhaps as long as 18 months. Over a dozen schools temporarily closed because students were too distracted to learn, and about 1,000 people were laughing, uncontrollable, and seemingly without any cause for jest. –Dan Lewis, Now I Know newsletter

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story driven by an unusual contagion.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel after uncontrollable laughter.

Art Prompt: Laugh Attack

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the benefits of laughter.

Photo Credit: Vincent Diamante on Flickr

napping

Because some hours might pass before food or questions again, I have taken to napping in the afternoon, while studying the brilliant white shaft of light that pours through the narrow recess overhead. Of clockwork regularity, it is a beautiful, deathless thing – the sort of incandescence one sees in very old books, generally for the edification of miracles, astonished masses and bleeding saints. Midday is its zenith, when its glorious blaze pierces my dim cell. –The People’s Hare by Michael Minnis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a prisoner.

Journaling Prompt: What are your favorite things to do when you are bored?

Art Prompt: Afternoon nap

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

Photo Credit: dprotz on Flickr

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Trigg was a prosperous grocer with a twin-gabled shop in Middle Row, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, as well as a number of other properties. He was a church warden, an overseer of the parish, and an important man locally. It is said that one night, he and two friends witnessed grave robbers at a local graveyard, and they vowed to make sure that this would not happen to them. Trigg stated in his will that his body should be committed for a minimum of 30 years to “the West end of my Hovel to be decently laid there upon a floor erected by my Executor, upon the purlin for the same purpose, nothing doubting but that at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.” According to Gentleman’s Magazine of 5 Feb 1751, Trigg’s will stated that he supposed that he would return to life after 30 years and then his estate would revert to him, and that he ordered that the barn be locked with the key inside his coffin so that he could let himself out. Shortly before he died, Trigg had negotiated with the parish authorities to rent his barn as the town’s workhouse…

Trigg died in Letchworth, Hertfordshire on 6 October 1724 before renovations could be carried out on his barn… Therefore, his remains were placed in a lead-lined coffin of oak and pine and hoisted into the rafters of the barn behind the shop, about 10 feet (3.0 m) above the ground.
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Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an unusual will provision.

Journaling Prompt: What do you want done with your body after you die?

Art Prompt: Grave robbers

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the strange story of Henry Trigg’s coffin.

Photo Credit: Henry Trigg’s coffin on Wikimedia

starrynight

How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountaintop it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make — leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone — we all dwell in a house of one room — the world with the firmament for its roof — and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. –John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir; edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, poem, or haiku inspired by the shared roof of the firmament.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a revelation you’ve had while stargazing.

Art Prompt: Sailing the Celestial Spaces

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about John Muir.

Photo Credit: Jeff P on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 27, 2016. 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

David Burkus presents Why do Ideas Spread? 5 Factors that Make a Difference posted at Goins Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Ellen Best presents NO ONE WAS IN THE ROOM BUT THE CORPSE in response to Prompt #1906 First Line of the Week – Charles Williams.

Mark Gardner presents Moonrise CH28 – Phantom Moon in response to Prompt #1915 Phantom Moon.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal Writing Prompt no. 49: Mystery? posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Resources

Novel Plotting Worksheets provided by Annie Neubgebauer.

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents 7 Types of Narrative Conflict posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Elizabeth presents Writing Routines: When to Write? posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents Talking on Empty: The Perils of Empty Dialog posted at Fiction University.

Jill Williamson presents Character and Author Voice posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Seven Days to Getting Unstuck with Your Writing posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Melissa Bowersock presents How Fast Do You Write? posted at Indies Unite.

Angela Ackerman presents VULNERABILITY IN FICTION: TEACHING JADED CHARACTERS HOW TO TRUST posted at Inspire Portal.

Ruthanne Reid presents Commas Matter posted at The Write Practice.

John Kelly presents Note to self: Advice for beginning writers posted at The Writer.

Mary Vee presents How to Make Conflict the Engine That Drives Your Story posted at The Writers Alley.

KM Weiland presents How to Study Plot and Character in Your Favorite Stories: 5 Easy Steps posted at Word Play.

Ava Jae presents How to Write Realistic Dialogue posted at Writability.

Scott Atkinson presents 5 Things Novelists Can Learn From Screenwriters posted at Writers Digest.

Anthony Ehlers presents Making Your Scenes Work for You posted at Writers Write.

Blogging

Ashley Gainer presents How to Come Up with Blogging Ideas Forever and Ever posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Ali Luke presents Five Great Writing Tricks to Enhance Any Blog Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Nina Amir presents 7 Benefits of Blogging posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Relationship Q&A, with Greg van Eekhout.

This week’s podcast at Horizon Line is all about Arctic Balloonist.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Ask Us Anything.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Going Mobile, Author Education, and the Lab.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Suits — Soap Operas.

Videos

Visual Arts

MD Jackson presents Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 1 posted at Amazing Stories.

Shinjini presents Beat stress with art: intuitive painting posted at Modern Gypsy.

Christopher Jobson presents Dramatically Blurred Oil Paintings by Valerio D’Ospina posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Zac Johnson presents 3 Ways Freelance Writers Can Make Money Online Today posted at Blogging Tips.

Editors presents Develop a Vision for Your Art Business posted at Art Business Institute.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: LinkedIn posted at Digital Pubbing.

Carla King presents Use Calibre to Create EPUB & MOBI Versions of Your Book posted at BookWorks.

Jason Kong presents Fiction Writers: A Simple Approach to Build a Better Email List posted at The Book Designer.

Chris Syme presents When Less Is More on Social Media posted at Jane Friedman.

Frances Caballo presents Facebook, Content Marketing, and Selling Courses: Do you really need them? posted at Social Media Just For Authors.

Felicia Bridges presents Are You Investing in Your Writing—That Might be Your BEST Next Step posted at The Write Conversation.

Emily Wenstrom presents Why Amazon Book Rankings Make You Nervous — And Why You Can Stop Caring posted at The Write Life.

Dr. Ann Garvin presents What’s Stopping You From Publishing? posted at Writers in the Storm.

Editors presents Rejection: A Badge Of Honor posted at Writers Relief.

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

 

saturday

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Saturday on Big Happy Fun House