From the monthly archives: March 2013

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 31, 2013. 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.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents To Tell The Truth posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer presents So.Easy posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Jim Booth presents Why We Write, or Don’t: A Few Words About Culture and Change posted at Scholars and Rogues

Liz Shaw presents Distubance in the Space Time Continuum posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Jeff Goins quote

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Writing a Series posted at Write with Fey.

Faith Van Horn presents Writing Outside by Faith Van Horne posted at Writer’s Fun Zone.

Stavros Halvatzis presents How to Make Your Stories Compelling posted at Stavros Halvatzis.

Kristen Lamb presents The Clock is Ticking—5 Tips for Tighter, Cleaner Writing posted at Kristen Lamb.

John Yeoman presents Give Stories Added Depth With a ‘Ghost Plot’ posted at Blood Red Pencil.

Marcy Kennedy presents Four Techniques to Show Rather than Tell posted at Marcy Kennedy.

Misha Crews presents How To Write Sex Scenes When You’re a Prude posted at Romance University.

Gabriela Pereira presents 7 Reasons to Use Writing Prompts posted at Mystery Writing is Murder.

Geoffrey James presents How to Begin a Short Story posted at Amazing Stories.

Donna Cooner presents The Top 10 Worst Types of Critique Partners posted at Writer’s Digest.

Emily L. Moir-Genther presents 5 Ways to Turn Readers Off: A Writer’s Guide on what NOT to Do posted at Novel Publicity.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Man and His Moon posted at io9.

Creativity Boosts

Stephanie Orges presents March Wallpaper: Life is Terminal posted at Be Kind Rewrite.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project in Depth: Deus ex Nauseum.

Visual Arts

Meghana presents Around The World: Rajasthani Mojadi Shoes posted at Around The World

The Business of Creativity

Mark McGuinness presents How to Deal with Crushing Feedback on Your Creative Work posted at 99u.

Sonia Simone presents Is it Time for Content Marketers to Abandon Facebook? posted at CopyBlogger.

Robert Lee Brewer presents 6 Blogging Tips That Will Pay Off Immediately (Okay, maybe 7 tips) posted at Writer’s Market.

Crafts

Maureen Rostad presents Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress posted at Upcycled Fashionista

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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!

 

Hot Dog Stand

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Richard Hsu on Flickr.

Krazy man in the mirror @w2mediacafe

Kortovsky gave himself a final once-over in the elevator mirror before he reached the hotel lobby. -Gerald Elias, Death and the Maiden

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 concerned are you about your appearance?

Art Prompt: First impressions

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: First impressions

Photo Credit: roland on Flickr

Kaffeeklatsch oder so

kaffeeklatsch noun: An informal social gathering for coffee and conversation.

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

Journaling Prompt: Where do you like to gather with your friends just to hang out and talk?

Art Prompt: Kaffeeklatsch

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

Photo Credit: CAMPUS OF EXCELLENCE on Flickr

…you can never understand another person’s illusions—even if that person happens to be a wife or husband. No matter what you try to say, they cling to their version of the truth with a fervor that mystifies and infuriates you. But you will not realize until later that it is the only defense against a truth that would undermine everything of which they have become convinced. Once they embrace the lie, nothing you can say or do is going to shift them away from the truth they have created. The lie becomes the truth. -R.P. McCabe, Betrayed

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who embraces a lie as truth.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone close to you who you think has embraced a lie.

Art Prompt: Delusion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a popular delusion you feel is affecting society.

Photo Credit: narghee-la on Flickr

cooperation

Prof. Aquino explains that it’s natural for people to wonder how others view them, especially when social acceptance in the workplace is often rewarded with power and financial compensation.
“However, our research shows employees should do their best to keep their interactions positive and ignore the negative. As the expression goes, kill them with kindness.”
In one of the study’s experiments, the researchers discovered that people who more readily interpret interactions with others as negative are also more likely to try to root it out through such means such as eavesdropping or spying. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a character who kills them with kindness.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to negativity in the workplace?

Art Prompt: Kill Them with Kindness

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about strategies for dealing with negativity in the workplace.

Photo Credit: Free for Commercial Use on Flickr

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Alphonse Liebermann proved to be short, wiry, and somewhere into his fifth decade. Bald as an egg, he sported the most magnificent eyebrows Neville had ever seen—bushy, even sweeping grey specimens that leapt to punctuate their owner’s every exclamation. They completely intimidated the German’s perfectly unexceptional mustache and, indeed, made it hard for one to remember that he had any other features at all. –Jane Linskold, The Buried Pyramid

Fiction Writing Prompt: Describe your character in detail.

Journaling Prompt: What physical feature of yourself do you like the most?

Art Prompt: Bushy Eyebrows

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Create a detailed description of a person in your next article.

Photo Credit: MMcQuade on Flickr

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Imagine traveling to Ireland and suddenly having to drive on the left side of the road. The brain, trained for right-side driving, becomes overburdened trying to suppress the old rules while simultaneously focusing on the new rules, said Hans Schroder, primary researcher on the study.
“There’s so much conflict in your brain,” said Schroder, “that when you make a mistake like forgetting to turn on your blinker you don’t even realize it and make the same mistake again. What you learned initially is hard to overcome when rules change.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character is having difficulty adjusting to new rules.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had difficulty adjusting to new rules.

Art Prompt: Driving on the wrong side of the road

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform you audience of techniques they can use when adjusting to new rules.

Photo Credit: {Amy_Jane} on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 24, 2013. 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

Beth Barany presents Writing Contests: For writers inside & outside of California posted at Writer’s Fun Zone.

The Creative Mindset

Gail Gauthier presents Time Management Tuesday: Will Spending Time Being Creative Make Me More Creative? And What Is Creativity, Anyway? posted at Original Content.

Shaun Rosenberg presents Overcoming Perfectionism posted at Shaun Rosenberg

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Much Ado About Nothing posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz Shaw presents Create an Inspiration Box posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Writing Quote of the Week

Henry Miller quote on writing

Writing Tips and Prompts

Matt Haig presents 30 Things Every Writer Should Know posted at The Telegraph.

Rob Grindstaff presents Pull Your Read in with 3-D Writing: Dialogue, Description, Despair – Part III Despair posted at Novel Publicity.

Chrys Fey presents Writing about Childbirth posted at Write with Fey.

CS Lakin presents A Peek Inside the Envelope posted at Live Write Thrive.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Abnormal Psychology with guest Robison Wells.

Journal Writing

Melissa Tydell presents How Writing Helps Us Heal posted at The Write Practice.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Return Reserves, Buy-in, and Sell-through posted at Amazing Stories.

Lynne Raimondo presents How I Got My Agent posted at Writer’s Digest.

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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!

 

Artist Barbara Rosenthal Painting in the Elfin Forest in Los Osos, CA 08 March 2008 3 of 4

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by mikebaird on Flickr.