From the monthly archives: August 2014

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 31, 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 Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From posted at Brain Pickings.

Lauren presents How To Radically Boost Your Creativity And Self-Esteem In 5 Minutes posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jo presents Creative Confidence: How to Believe in Yourself [and Your Art] posted at Inspire Portal.

Patrick Ross presents 7 Signs You Have a Creative Brain posted at The Artist’s Road.

Todd Henry presents How To Receive Negative Feedback posted at Accidental Creative.

Carrie Brummer presents How to Kill Curiosity posted at Artist Think.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Betrayal On Nottaway Hill posted at View from the Wine Press.

Kerin Gedge presents What is the Meaning of Aspine? posted at Vocabuverse.

Liz presents Playing Around with Stress posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies. ~Kate Chopin

Creativity Prompt

DoctorMoog42 presents The Gullah Heritage Trail posted at Atlas Obscura.

Resources

How to Write a Scene – free PDF download from John August

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents 10 Tips for Writing a Book posted at Writing Forward.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 3 Myths That Hold Your Best Writing Back posted at Positive Writer.

Chrys Fey presents Passive Voice Misconception posted at Write with Fey.

Lesley Smith presents Fantasy Cartography for Writers Part 1 and Part 2 posted at Amazing Stories.

Dennis Palumbo presents Enough: How Not to Over-Write posted at Psychology Today.

Rachelle Gardner presents 11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch posted at Books & Such.

Joe Bunting presents How to Become a Better Writer in One, Simple Step posted at The Write Practice.

Jennifer Blanchard presents The Value of ‘Pantsing’ posted at Story Fix.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 5 Ways to Put More GO Into Your Goal Setting! posted at The Procrastiwriter.

Ashley Carlson presents Using Life’s Hardships to Make You a Better Writer posted at Live Write Thrive.

Janice Hardy presents Deep POV is Not the Only POV posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Raise the Emotional Stakes: Strengthening Alchemy between Setting, Character, and Conflict posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Moderino presents Rewriting: Longer, Faster, Harder posted at Moody Writing.

Joanna Penn presents Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014 posted at Creative Penn.

Sarah presents When you fall down, break your routine, or stop writing: notes on re-starting posted at It Starts With.

Marilyn Brant presents Creativity, Writing, and the Ever-Changing Face of Publishing posted at Romance University.

Anna Kashina presents Five Things I Learned Writing the Guild of Assasins posted at Terrible Minds.

Jan O’Hara presents C-c-considering Cadence: Understanding One Quality of Voice posted at Writer Unboxed.

Jack Heckel presents Fairytale’s Most Wanted: The Five Most Well-Known Character Types posted at Tor.

Selah Janel presents Writing What You Know When There’s No Way to ‘Know’ It posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents How NOT to Ask for Sponsorship or Advertising: 6 Deadly Mistakes posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Nicole Miller presents 32 Web Writing Tips posted at Buffer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about What to Do When You Disagree with Your Editor.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards posted at This is Colossal.

Päivi Eerola presents How to Trust Yourself when Creating Art posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Katherine Brooks presents 9 Art Techniques That Anyone Can Do To Jumpstart Creativity posted at Huffington Post.

Chelle presents 16 Art Journal Prompt Ideas for Music Lovers posted at Art Journalist.

Kathleen Johnson Rogers presents 25 Amazing Art Journal Theme Ideas posted at Woke Up With Ideas.

Lee Hammond presents When You’ve Hit The Artistic Wall: Frustration and Creativity posted at Artists Network.

Journaling

Debra presents What is working in your life and what is not? posted at Warm Milk Journal.

Jeff Goins presents How a Daily Writing Habit Makes You a Better Person posted at Goins Writer.

Jessica Stillman presents Why It’s Worth Making Time for This Lengthy Morning Ritual posted at Inc..

Claire de Boer presents 10 Ways to Ease Depression with Only Your Pen posted at The Gift of Writing.

Lisa presents collecting poetic wisdom for your journal posted at Lisa Sonora.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Luke presents Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career posted at Aliventures.

Carol Tice presents 140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014 posted at Make a Living Writing.

Lorraine Mace presents Talking Up Sales posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Zac Johnson presents Facebook Contest Apps – How to Easily Create Facebook Contests posted at Blogging Tips.

Linda Formichelli presents How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer posted at CopyBlogger.

Spam of the Week

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Thank you to Stepahnie for the background for this week’s quote.

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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arm wrestling

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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self-applied blindfold

Denial is powerful. It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality. –Miles O’Brien

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 an experience you’ve had with denial.

Art Prompt: Denial

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem with denial and how it affects relationships / jobs / politics / the environment (you choose).

Photo Credit: allison on Flickr

Confused

bamboozle
verb (used with object), bamboozled, bamboozling.

  1. to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or thelike; humbug; hoodwink (often followed by into): They bamboozled us into joining the club. Synonyms: gyp, dupe, trick, cheat, swindle, defraud, flimflam, hoax,gull, rook; delude, mislead, fool.
  2. to perplex; mystify; confound. Synonyms: befog, bewilder, puzzle, baffle, dumbfound.
verb (used without object), bamboozled, bamboozling.

  1. to practice trickery, deception, cozenage, or the like: He bamboozled his way to the top.

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about something that bamboozles you.

Art Prompt: Bamboozle

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

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The Postal Service estimates that 95% of the mail sent through the USPS arrives pre-sorted by machine, only requiring human eyes to inspect the envelopes when the letters move from mail truck to mail box.
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But how does the Post Office deal with that last 5%?
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There is a warehouse-sized office building in Salt Lake City, Utah called the Remote Encoding Center, or REC. It’s the office for roughly 700 postal workers at any given time, the vast majority of which are situated at computers, looking at the scanned addresses computers can’t discern. It’s a round-the-clock, 365-day-a year effort. Even though it only handles a small fraction of the mail, in 2013, the USPS handled about 160 billion different parcels, according to a New York Times profile of some of the REC workers. Five percent of that is still a lot of letters. –Dan Lewis, Now I Know

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of a package that ends up at the Remote Encoding Center.

Journaling Prompt: What is the strangest piece of mail you’ve ever received?

Art Prompt: Mail art

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the remote encoding center and the people who work there.

Photo Credit: Greenwich Library on Flickr
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Hindus, for instance, as Mr. Edgar Thurston tells us, “are very particular about catching sight of some auspicious object on the morning of New Year’s Day, as the effects of omens seen on that occasion are believed to last throughout the year.” It is thought that a man’s whole prosperity depends upon the things that he then happens to fix his eyes upon.-Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan by Clement A. Miles

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a New Year’s Eve superstition for one of your characters OR write a story about using the reading above for inspiration.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a superstition that you or someone in your family believes in.

Art Prompt: Auspicious omen

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a cultural superstition that you grew up believing.

Photo Credit: Harini Calamur on Flickr

Opposites attract

Archetypal fairy tale figures yearn for their total opposites. Thus, the vilest villains vie for the purest maidens, while temptresses lose their hearts to the gallant hero. “What is it about you?,” the dainty princess asks the ruffian. “You’re unlike anyone I’ve ever met.” Within this compelling danger lies the attraction. –From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about opposites who are attracted to each other.

Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been attracted to someone or been a friend with someone who was the opposite of you? Write about that relationship.

Art Prompt: Opposites attract

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about a mismatched couple.

Photo Credit: Nathan Rupert on Flickr

Goodbye Grandpa

A 2009 report from the National Alliance on Caregiving indicated that 28 percent of adults are providing regular help to another person. This care mostly goes to an older person, but it may also include younger individuals-special needs children, individuals with severe chronic mental health problems and so on. Looking specifically at older people, the amount of care has increased because people are living longer and reach ages where disabilities are common. Furthermore, people appear to live longer than in the past after the onset of disabilities, including the cognitive problems associated with neurodegenerative conditions, such as dementia…
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…Caregiving can range from providing occasional and minimal care to giving ongoing, extensive and sometimes full-time care… In intense care, high stress situations, the challenges are considerable. Caregiving can take up most, if not all, of the caretaker’s time. It can feel like you are always on call and needing to be vigilant. It can also feel like you are engulfed — your life has become just caring and you cannot do the other things that have been important and rewarding…
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The other major psychological challenge is that care takes place in the context of a relationship that has a long, complex history…Caregivers may feel criticized and not appreciated by a parent or spouse they are caring for, or by siblings and other relatives. –Steven Zarit

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene from the point of view of someone who is in the demanding situation of caregiving.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were a caregiver. How did you deal with the emotional toll?

Art Prompt: Caregiving

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the phenomenon of caregiving in today’s society and give them ideas for supporting people they know who are caregivers.

Photo Credit: Eric Ward on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 24, 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

Sarah presents Are you in love with the product? Or the process? posted at It Starts With.

Patrick Ross presents 5 Creativity Lessons from Hall of Fame Inventors posted at The Artist’s Road.

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis presents Getting Past Creative Road Blocks posted at Art Therapist.

Steven presents The Sphere of Self-Reinforcement posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Creativity Quote of the Week

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” ~ Martha Graham

Creativity Prompt

Eric Grundhauser presents Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees posted at Atlas Obscura.

Writing Tips

K Ceres Wright presents Stuck for a Story Idea? Go Old School. As in Old Testament. posted at Amazing Stories.

Maria Popova presents C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Angie Dixon presents The One Thing You MUST Be Confident About (Your Writing) posted at Positive Writer.

Larry Brooks presents The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists posted at Story Fix.

Ashley Capes presents Soft’ Magic Systems Still Have a Place posted at Mythic Scribes.

Joe presents Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters posted at The Write Practice.

Linda George presents Five Ways to Make Good Writing Great posted at Romance University.

Joe Fassler presents Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences posted at The Atlantic.

Brooke presents Writing When No One Is Listening posted at Warner Coaching.

Chrys Fey presents Eliminate Redundancies posted at Write with Fey.

Steven Goldsberry presents 17 Writing Secrets posted at Writer’s Digest.

Ali Luke presents Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You posted at Aliventures.

Ray Edwards presents 7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight posted at Michael Hyatt.

CS Lakin presents The Cast of Characters in a Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

Lauren presents How To Build A Kick Ass Writing Group posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jo Malby presents 8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Writing and Write [Even if You Don’t Feel Like It] posted at Inspire Portal.

Susan Dennard presents How I Stay Motivated During the Tough Times posted at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Emotional Gateways–How They Help You Write and Revise Your Book posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Angela Ackerman presents 3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper With…Anger? posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Mooderino presents Don’t Overstuff Your Verbs: Unpack posted at Moody Writing.

Bill Ferris presents The Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs posted at Writer Unboxed.

Blogging

Osheta Moore presents The Power to Write New Stories posted at The Gift of Writing.

About Shanahan presents Perfecting the Art of Writing Quickly: 5 Tips posted at The ProcrastiWriter.

Jon Morrow presents 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer posted at Boost Blog Traffic.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Science Fiction as Science Education.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal posted at This is Colossal.

Dudley presents Four Seasons in one day…. posted at Dudley Redhead.

Richard presents Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out posted at Artists Network.

Journaling

Debra presents Journal Writing: the benefits of keeping different kinds of journals posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Editor presents 5 Unusual Ideas for Your Next Journal posted at End Papers.

The Business of Creativity

Lela Davidson presents Promote Your Writing On Facebook posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jessica Stillman presents Should You Turn Your Hobby Into a Business? 5 Questions to Ask posted at Inc..

Carol Tice presents How I Became a More Productive Writer by Doing This One, Simple Thing posted at Make a Living Writing.

Chuck Wendig presents Why You Should Act as Your Own Author-Publisher (At Least Once) posted at Terrible Minds.

James presents Haters and Critics: How to Deal with People Judging You and Your Work posted at James Clear.

Marya Jan presents How To Make Sure Your Ebook Will Sell Before You Write a Single Word posted at Writing Happiness.

Joanna Penn presents How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered posted at The Creative Penn.

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

 

Wheels

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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