Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 18, 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’m back from taking a couple weeks off so that I could pull together a 45 minute seminar on The Natural Laws for Massive Success. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoyed some of the visual prompts.

The Creative Mindset

Kara Finnegan presents Four Steps to Harvest Winning Ideas posted at Big Think.


Poets & Writers presents Twenty Seven Small Press Twitter Feeds to Follow posted at Poets & Writers.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Every Woman posted at View from the Wine Press.

Writing Quote of the Week

Don’t panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror, as I contemplate the drivel on the screen before me and see beyond it, in quick succession, the derisive reviews, the friends’ embarrassment, the failing career, the dwindling income, the repossessed house, the divorce . . . Working doggedly on through crises like these, however, has always got me there in the end. Leaving the desk for a while can help. Talking the problem through can help me recall what I was trying to achieve before I got stuck. Going for a long walk almost always gets me thinking about my manuscript in a slightly new way. And if all else fails, there’s prayer. St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers, has often helped me out in a crisis. If you want to spread your net more widely, you could try appealing to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, too. -Sarah Waters

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents How To Create Mystery posted at Write with Fey.

Gail Gauthier presents Time Management Tuesday: Time For Creativity posted at Original Content.

Mark Nichol presents How Long Should a Paragraph Be? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents Living in My Head: Crafting Natural-Sounding Internal Thoughts posted at The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy.

Martina Boone and Lisa Gail Green presents Writer’s Pre-Flight Checklist posted at Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing.

Gabriela Pereira presents The Bubble Method: How to Get the Most Out of a Writing Workshop posted at DIY MFA. 


Last week’s podcast at Writing Excuses was one of their popular Microcasting episodes where they answer questions from their listeners.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is another Project in Depth broadcast on Brandon Sanderson’s new novella, The Emperor’s Soul.

And don’t miss their NaNoWriMo podcasts at Writing Excuses for Week One and Week Two.


Derek Pankaew presents “Stealing” and Showcasing Ideas posted at Concentrix.

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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