Monday confidence

Washington State University researcher Joyce Ehrlinger has found that a person’s tendency to be overconfident increases if he or she thinks intelligence is fixed and unchangeable.

Such people tend to maintain their overconfidence by concentrating on the easy parts of tasks while spending as little time as possible on the hard parts of tasks, said Ehrlinger, a WSU assistant professor of psychology. But people who hold a growth mindset–meaning they think intelligence is a changeable quality–spend more time on the challenging parts of tasks, she said. Consequently, their levels of confidence are more in line with their abilities.

Ehrlinger’s research, conducted with Ainsley Mitchum of Florida State University and Carol Dweck of Stanford University, appears in the March edition of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

“A little bit of overconfidence can be helpful,” said Ehrlinger, “but larger amounts of overconfidence can lead people to make bad decisions and to miss out on opportunities to learn.” The researchers note that overconfidence is a documented problem for drivers, motorcyclists, bungee jumpers, doctors and lawyers. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. Does your character have a growth or fixed mindselt? What areas is he/she overconfident in?

Journaling Prompt: When are you overconfident?
Art Prompt: Overconfident

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about growth vs. fixed mindset and how that affect their confidence.

Photo Credit: Chris & Karen Highland on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 26, 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.

Announcements

Laney Smith of Redlands releases new book, ‘What He’s Done’.

The Creative Mindset

Joe Konrath presents A Gentle Reminder posted at JA Konrath.

Lisa Alber presents Hope After (Traditional Publishing) Rejection posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Hatred posted at Article 94.

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Sharing Our Work

Rob McLeod presents When Do You Realize You’re A ‘Cracker?’ posted at Florida Cracker Chronicles.

Liz presents Book Review – Another Country by James Baldwin posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Mariella Hunt presents 3 Things Writers can Learn about Storytelling from Children posted at StoryLight.

Martha Alderson presents How to Use a Plot Planner posted at Jane Friedman.

Michael J. Sullivan presents Get in Good With Goodreads posted at Writer’s Digest.

Jody presents 5 Ways Writers Get Lazy posted at Jody Hedlund.

Alan Gelb presents Writers: readers will never hold clean, simple writing against you posted at Writer’s Journey.

Janice Hardy presents Clarify the Theme posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents What the heck is the Inciting Event? posted at Kill Zone.

Mark Nichol presents 5 Tips About Writing with Rhythm posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Alicia Rades presents Relax! Beta Readers Aren’t Scary: Here Are 3 Truths About Them posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Blogging

Slavko Desik presents 5 Things That Make Sure Your Content Pass The Test Of Time posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

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

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Live Events, Cliffhangers and Reviews.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about James Altucher on Choosing Yourself for Writers.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents “Guerilla” Tree Sculptor in North Yorkshire Identified (is not Banksy) posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents The Power of Three: Tonight’s Journal Writing Exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine presents 5 Ways to Use Instagram as an Author posted at Jane Friedman.

John Soares presents Should a Freelance Writer Have a Blog? posted at Productive Writers.

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: Cranberry Pickers on Last Door Down the Hall

baldwin saturday

He was facing Seventh Avenue at Times Square. It was past midnight and he had been sitting in the movies, in the top row of the balcony, since two o’clock in the afternoon. –James Baldwin, Another Country

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: How do you feel after binging on TV or movies?

Art Prompt: Movies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a show you recommend for binging.

Photo Credit: Vitor Machado on Flickr

prophet friday

presage v
  • (transitive) To predict or foretell something.
  • (intransitive) To make a prediction.
  • (transitive) To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about predicting the future?

Art Prompt: Make a prediction

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

Photo Credit: stainedglassartist on Flickr

dreadful Thursday

You isolate the single event
As something so dreadful that it couldn’t have happened
Because you could not bear it. So you must believe
That I suffer from delusions. It is not my conscience
Not my mind, that is diseased, but the world I have to live in.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a family fight based on the poem above.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your family’s dysfunction.

Art Prompt: Dysfunctional family

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about common types of family dysfunction.

Photo Credit: Dogan Kokdemir on Flickr

interrogation Wednesday

An interview technique for eliciting intelligence without asking questions has in a series of experiments proven to work very well. The idea dates back to the renowned WWII interrogator Hanns Scharff, but has now — for the first time — been empirically validated…

Instead of an interrogation, Scharff arranged his meeting as a conversation, emphasizing that the most important details were already known, and that all he wanted was help to fill in some minor gaps. This meant that prisoners never knew when they disclosed information that Scharff did not already know, and often ended up revealing much more information than they thought they did…

When interviewers avoid direct questions and instead emphasize what they already know, it becomes difficult for the interviewee to cooperate without contributing with new information, and difficult to assess how much one has revealed. –Refined interview technique can reveal plans of terror: How to get answers without asking questions

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an investigator going after a terrorist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the strangest interview you’ve ever done.

Art Prompt: Interview

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the various techniques investigators use to interrogate suspects.
Photo Credit: Chris Tse on Flickr

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story with a plot driven by fairies and changelings. 

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe in fairies? Would you like to?

Art Prompt: Fairies

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about fairies and changelings.

Photo Credit: The Changeling by John_Bauer,_ 1913 on Wikimedia

VemorkHydroelectricPlant Monday

On the night of February 27-28, 1942, everything is ready for Operation Gunnerside. Nine of the saboteurs are led by a 23-year-old named Joachim Ronneberg, who had no military experience except for what he had learned in England. The first thing they have to figure out is how to attack the place. They have three options: they can come down from the mountains above the plant, which is littered with minefields; they can cross the single-lane suspension bridge, which is closely guarded; or they can descend to the bottom of the valley across a half-frozen river and climb a 500-foot-high cliff. They decide to climb the cliff, in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter!

Thanks to Tronstad’s planning and intelligence gathering, they knew every block, stairwell, and entry point. As a result, they were able to infiltrate the plant without an alarm, set the explosives, and blow it up. General Falkenhorst, head of German forces in Norway, called it a “brilliant coup.” –Inside the Daring Mission that Thwarted a Nazi Nuclear Bomb by Neal Bascomb

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a small attack force that changes the course of a war.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about war reporting?

Art Prompt: Strike force

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Operation Gunnerside.

Photo Credit: Vemork Hydroelectric Plant on Wikimedia

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 19, 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.

Announcement

This is a shorter than usual Carnival today. My laptop is in the process of dying. Hoping to replace it today and get all my work transferred over to the new one in time to be running full speed next week.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

MD Flyn presents Liar’s Truth in response to Prompt #1752 Word of the Week – Waft.

Frank L Parker presents Home – what does it mean to you? posted at Prompt #1753 First Line of the Week – Daphne du Maurier.

Mark Gardner presents Dreamer in response to Prompt #1759 Word of the Week – Taciturn.

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Sharing Our Work

Eula presents Engine Trouble posted at View from the Wine Press.

Liz presents I Wanted to Reach A Center – Mircea Eliade posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Arthur Plotnik presents Twelve Non-Negotiable Elements of Force in Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

KM Weiland presents What Are Pinch Points? And How Can They Make Your Book Easier to Write? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Balance the Back Story posted at Fiction University.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents Five Simple Ways to Add Value to Your Content posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

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

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Colored Owl Drawings by John Pusateri posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Home: Tonight’s Journal Writing Exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

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