Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 19, 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 Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors posted at Brain Pickings.

Gregory Ciotti presents 5 Common Creativity Killers posted at Psychology Today.

Writing Quote of the Week

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” ~ Alan Watts

Sharing our Work

Eula McLeod presents Vine Life posted at View from the Winepress.

Writing Tips

KM Weiland presents Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories posted at Story Fix.

Janice Hardy presents An Unpredictable (and Fun)Trick to Keep Your Plots Unpredictable posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time posted at The Write Practice.

Renita D’Silva presents Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned on the Path to Publication posted at Romance University.

Lauren presents How Writers Damage Their Own Self-Esteem, And Don’t Even Know They’re Doing It posted at Lauren Sapala.

Katrina Kittle presents I’d Know That Voice Anywhere posted at Writer Unboxed.

Simon Kewin presents 33 Writing Terms You Should Know posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Getting Started Again: Writers’ Tips for When You Get Stuck posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Angela Ackerman presents 5 Steps To Find Your Book’s Ideal Audience posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Joanna Penn presents Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes posted at The Creative Penn.

Mooderino presents Story Structure: Pity, Fear, Catharsis posted at Moody Writing.

Jeff Goins presents Three Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit posted at Goins Writer.

Elizabeth presents Write Mysteries for Kids… for the Right Reasons posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.


Daniel Scocco presents 6 Steps To An Effective Guest Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Sonia Simone presents The 7 Keys to List Posts that Are Worth Writing (and Reading) posted at CopyBlogger.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Extraordinary Scenes Hand-Cut from Rice Paper by Bovey Lee posted at This is Colossal.


Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Art Journal Every Day: A Seven Day Plan posted at Balzer Designs.

Claire de Boer presents 15 Minutes per Day can Change Your Life posted at The Gift of Writing.

Kate Robertson presents Art Journaling Wisdom – My version posted at Queen of Creativity.

The Business of Creativity

Douglas Smith presents A Brave New World: The indie publishing option for short fiction posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents How Getting Rejected Made Me a Better Freelance Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.

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!


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