From the monthly archives: June 2014


Take this hypothetical scenario: When conducting reviews of two employees, a manager finds they both fall between two performance categories. The manager gives a higher category to the employee whose child is friends with the manager’s child, leading to a promotion and salary raise, while the other employee receives a smaller raise and no promotion.
Was the manager consciously discriminating against the second employee? Or did she simply give a boost to someone to whom she had an “ingroup” connection?
“Your ‘ingroup’ involves people that you feel comfortable with, people you identify with,” Greenwald explained. “We usually think first of demographic characteristics like age, race, sex, religion and ethnicity as establishing an ingroup, but there are also ingroups based on occupation, neighborhood and schools attended, among other things. Outgroups are those with whom you don’t identify.”
Greenwald and Pettigrew propose that unequal treatment in the form of doing favors for those like you, rather than inflicting harm on those unlike you, causes the majority of discrimination in the U.S.
“This is not to say that prejudice and hostility are not related to outgroup discrimination,” Pettigrew said. “But they are not as central to most discrimination as ingroup favoritism.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict derives from ingroup favoritism.

Journaling Prompt: How have you experienced ingroup favoritism? Are you ever aware of making decisions based on it?

Art Prompt: Ingroup favoritism

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the phenomenon of ingroup favoritism and give them strategies for overcoming it.

Photo Credit: Mirko Isaia on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 29, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 posted at Brain Pickings.

Jane Porter presents 5 Ways to be Inspired by Your Everyday Life posted at Fast Company.

James Clear presents How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius posted at James Clear.

Virginia Hughes presents Where Do New Ideas Come From? posted at National Geographic.

Susannah presents Sometimes you need a creativity reboot posted at Susannah Conway.

Creativity Quote of the Week

When you’re in a rut, you have to question everything except your ability to get out of it. ~Twyla Tharp

Writing Tips

Max Barry presents How to Write a Great Science Fiction Novel in 7 Easy Steps posted at io9. Only slightly tongue in cheek!

Bryan Hutchinson presents Why Your First Draft Isn’t Crap posted at Positive Writer.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Develop Better Writing Habits posted at Writing Forward.

Jeff Goins presents Three Critical Steps to Writing Success posted at Goins Writer.

Aaron Price presents Writing Warfare in Fantasy: A Guide to the Battle Scene posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mike Robinson presents How to Write a Story: The Creative Process… One Writer’s Take posted at Story Fix.

Greg Ruth presents Why Horror is Good For You (and Even Better for Your Kids) posted at Tor.

Chrys Fey presents Z Words to Add to Your Writing posted at Write with Fey.

Creativity Prompt

Eric Grundhauser presents Techatticup Mine posted at Atlas Obscura.


Pamela Wilson presents The 3-Step Journey of a Remarkable Piece of Content posted at CopyBlogger.

Kevan Lee presents Get the Most From One Blog Post: 21 Advanced Content Tips posted at Buffer.

Daniel Scocco presents 8 Rules for Telling Stories on Your Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Kate Gabrielle presents How to be a Happy Blogger posted at Scathingly Brilliant.

April presents 52 Blog Post Topics for Creative Entrepreneurs posted at Blacksburg Belle.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Adjusting Character Competence.

This week’s podcast at Illustration Age is all about Breaking Into Freelance Illustration.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith posted at This is Colossal.

Lee Hammond presents A True Artist is Driven By This posted at Artist Network.


Esther Emery presents Spinning Hope with Words posted at The Gift of Writing.

David Greenbaum presents Journaling at the End of the Day Could Increase Your Productivity posted at Life Hacker.

Rhonda H presents Querencia and other thoughts about writing… posted at Full Circle.

Melissa Johnson presents My Top 5 Tips for Starting an Art Journal posted at Mel’s Art Journal.

Nichole Rae presents Words I Carry Art Journal posted at Create Mixed Media.

Cathy Malchiodi presents Top Ten Art Therapy Visual Journaling Prompts posted at Psychology Today.

Cece Harbor presents Cherish the Do-Over posted at Knowledge Maven.

Alexis Giostra presents 5 Quirky Uses for a Filofax posted at Strange & Charmed.

The Business of Creativity

Nina Munteanu presents How to Accept Rejection posted at Amazing Stories.

Seth Godin presents But I might get rejected posted at Seth’s Blog.

Quinn presents Being an Author posted at Quinn Creative.

Kristine Katherine Rusch presents Why Writers Disappear posted at Kris Writes.

Mike R. Underwood presents 25 Secrets of Publishing, Revealed! (Or: Inside the Bookish Shatterdome) posted at Terrible Minds.

Gregory Ciotti presents Born Hatin’: Why Some People Dislike Everything posted at 99u.

Spam of the Week

I don’t even know how I stopped up right here, but I believed this post used to be good.

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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Night Scene on the Midway

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walking the dog @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival

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New Hampshire State Guard in Keene New Hampshire

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Eisenberg's, Monessen, PA

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School Children in Keene New Hampshire

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FireFlies- Summer Wildlife Challenge

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Nurses of the Elliot City Hospital in Keene New Hampshire

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Along the Midway: 2013 Coffee County Fair

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