Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 21, 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 Tchaikovsky on the “Immeasurable Bliss” of Creativity, the Mystical Machinery of Inspiration, and the Evils of Interruptions posted at Brain Pickings.

Gregory Ciotti presents Beethoven’s Daily Habit for Inspiring Creative Breakthroughs posted at Psychology Today.

Jo presents 8 Tips on Finding [and Enhancing] the Optimum Space for Your Creativity posted at Inspire Portal.

Stephanie Vozza presents 3 Reasons You Should Let Yourself Get Distracted posted at Fast Company.

Dana Schwartz presents Write and Believe You Are Worth It posted at The Gift of Writing.

Art Quote of the Week

Art is to console those who are broken by life. ~Vincent van Gogh

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Health Nut posted at View from the Winepress.


MulinBlog Online J School presents Writing for the Web a 4-week free online course (Sept. 22 – Oct. 20).

Tara presents You are invited to 31 Days of Playful Drawing.

Writing Tips

Douglas Smith presents Where Do We Go From Here?: Career progression for short fiction writers (continued) posted at Amazing Stories.

Melissa Donovan presents The Amazing, Incredible Writing Community posted at Writing Forward.

The Magic Violinist presents Why Failure IS an Option for Writers (and everyone else!) posted at Positive Writer.

Lauren presents How To Unravel The Impossible Knots Of Your Plot posted at Lauren Sapala.

Janice Hardy presents Sharing the Spotlight: How Much Page Time Do Supporting Characters Need? posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Working with Unexpected Character Questions: Finding Your Character’s (or Narrator’s) Inner Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Barbara Monajem presents Keeping it Simple — Guidelines for Writing Novellas posted at Romance University.

Mooderino presents Dramatic Action Is More Than Doing Stuff posted at Moody Writing.

Barbara O’Neal presents Your Repertory Company of Characters posted at Writer Unboxed.

Chuck Wendig presents Why You Should Write What You Love posted at Terrible Minds.

Staff presents Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career posted at Writer’s Relief.

Elizabeth presents 4 Tips for Writing About Unfamiliar Character Issues posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jeff Goins presents How to Write a Book: The 5-Draft Method posted at Goins Writer.

Martha Alderson presents Blockbuster Plots posted at Story Fix.

AE Jones presents Secondary Characters: An Important Tool in a Writer’s Toolkit posted at Mythic Scribes.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Your Toughest Moment posted at Write with Fey.


Daniel Scocco presents 9 Tips To Pitch Your Blog Successfully posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Joe Bunting presents How Long Should Your Blog Post Be? A Writer’s Guide posted at The Write Practice.

Jessica Hagy presents I’ve been blogging for 8 freaking years. Here’s what I learned as I went along. posted at Medium.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A at Westercon.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Sheets of Glass Cut into Layered Ocean Waves by Ben Young posted at This is Colossal.

Carrie Brummer presents Why You Should Start Drawing Today posted at Artist Think.

Päivi Eerola presents Self-Expression with Gelli Plate posted at Peony and Parakeet.


Karen Walrond presents a new way to think about journaling: a primer posted at Jennifer Louden.

The Business of Creativity

Joanna Penn presents Book Marketing With Visual Content. 7 Ways To Stand Out With Images posted at The Creative Penn.

Carol Tice presents How I Got Over My Author Complex and Became a ‘Real’ Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.

Rhonda Franz presents The Stay at Home Parent/Writer posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Spam of the Week

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


4 Responses to Carnival of Creativity 9/21/14

  1. leigh says:

    would love to win and I promise to take a pic of what I make
    leigh recently posted..Collage show at New Seasons Progress RidgeMy Profile

  2. I would love to win the C’est Magnifique Mixed Media Kit and I promise to post anything I make with it!

  3. Lisa says:

    I’d like to win the C’est Magnifique Mixed Media Kit.

    Also, I love your carnivale

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