From the monthly archives: November 2014

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 30, 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 James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society posted at Brain Pickings.

Susan K. Perry, PhD presents 5 Artistic Ways to Get Your Creativity Unstuck posted at Psychology Today.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Every Day Brings a Choice posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Writing Quote of the Week

“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words—not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues.” – Anne Lamott

Writing Tips

John Soares presents The Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing Willpower posted at Productive Writing.

Bill Johnson presents Putting the Tense in Narrative Tension posted at Story Fix.

Angela Ackerman presents Boost Story Conflict By Exploring The Dark Side of Your Hero’s Best Qualities posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Chrys Fey presents Chapter Titles posted at Write with Fey.

Nina Munteanu presents Beating Today’s “S” Curve (or Why an Editor is Every Writer’s Best Friend) posted at Amazing Stories.

Warren Adler presents On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists posted at Live Write Thrive.

Janice Hardy presents How Not to Start a Novel: Four Things to Avoid on Page One posted at Anne R. Allen.

Emily Wenstrom presents One Surprising Way to Write Better posted at The Write Practice.

Charlie Jane Anders presents How To Create A Killer Opening For Your Science Fiction Short Story posted at io9.

Brian Klem presents How to Give Your Character an Authentic Dialect posted at Writer’s Digest.

Dave King presents It’s a funny world. posted at Writer Unboxed.

Christine presents What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt posted at Positive Writer.

Brian DeLeonard presents Bridging the Gap Between Author and Character posted at Mythic Scribes.

Justin P Lambert presents Are You Cutting With Shears or a Chainsaw? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Blogging

Seth Waite presents Writing Powerful Short Posts posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hiding the Open Grave.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Tracy presents A few prompts posted at Sojourner.

The Business of Creativity

Lisa presents Why Thank You is the Creative Nonfiction Writer’s All-Purpose Response to Critics and Admirers Alike posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Carol Tice presents How to Get Hired When You Apply for Online Freelance Writing Jobs posted at How to Make a Living Writing.

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

 

Little boy bottle feeding piglet, 1920

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol on Flickr

Am I in trouble?” -Red Handed by Tina Wayland


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: When did you have to ask this question? Were you in trouble? What happened?

Art Prompt: Am I in trouble?

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a time when you got in trouble.

Photo Credit: David Goehring on Flickr

Best Mexican Food in Arizona

repast

noun

  1. a quantity of food taken or provided for one occasion of eating: to eat a light repast.
  2. a meal: the evening repast.
  3. the time during which a meal is eaten; mealtime.
  4. Archaic. the taking of food, as at a meal.
  5. Obsolete, food.

verb (used without object)

  1. to eat or feast (often followed by on or upon).

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite repast.

Art Prompt: Repast

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

Photo Credit: Alan English CPA on Flickr

thanksgiving

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou
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horror

What happened next went from zero to unspeakable in a very few seconds. Soon afterward, it went beyond unspeakable, to a level of horror that there are no words to describe. –Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of what happened next?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time that circumstances around you seemed to spiral out of control.

Art Prompt: What happened next.

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous or frightening story about a time when you got caught up in an out-of-control situation.

Photo Credit: W H on Flickr

Argument Between a Little Man and a Big Man

…family estrangement can be one of the most painful and devastating events in one’s lifetime. Family estrangement is generally defined as a reaction to intense emotion or conflict resulting in the distancing or loss of affection between one or more members of a family, where at least one party is dissatisfied with the situation. When family members stop speaking and when they stop contact, this is termed physical estrangement. When family members have infrequent, perfunctory, and often uncomfortable contact, this is termed emotional estrangement. People who are emotionally estranged often compare family interactions to ‘walking on eggshells’. A person might actively pursue estrangement from family members or become estranged because of the decision and rejection of one or more members.
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…one US study of adult-children found that 7% reported being detached from their mother and 27% detached from their father. Detached relationships were characterised by infrequent or no contact or support, feeling distant from the parent, having different values to the parent and rating family as a low priority.  –Dr. Kylie Agllias

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a character who is estranged from a parent in one of the ways described above.

Journaling Prompt: How has estrangement affected your family or someone you care about? 

Art Prompt: Family estrangement

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of family estrangement and how it affects the extended family.

Photo Credit: MIT OpenCourseWare on Flickr

LA LUNA E LO STAGNO...

A yellow moon in splendor drooping,
A tired queen with her state oppressed,
Low by rushes and sword-grass stooping,
Lies she soft on the waves at rest.
Divided by Jean Ingelow

Fiction Writing Prompt: Now that the scene is set, what is happening on this night?

Journaling Prompt: What feelings does the moon inspire in you?

Art Prompt: Reflection of the Moon

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about superstitions about the moon.

Photo Credit: Paolo Cirmia on Flickr

sinkhole

A massive hole appeared in Winter Park, Florida, sucked in a home, five Porsches, a pickup truck, the Winter Park municipal pool, a large part of Denning Drive, on May 8, 1981. It widened to 350 ft (106 m) and to a depth of 75 ft (23 m) within a few days.During the summer it began to fill with water and became a tourist attraction. Its bottom was stabilized by filling with dirt and concrete and Lake Rose was formed there –Vincze Miklós

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in the time of a natural disaster.

Journaling Prompt: If your house and all your belongings disappeared suddenly, what would you miss most?

Art Prompt: Sink hole

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about sink holes, what causes them, and how they can be prevented.

Photo Credit: j.s. clark on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 23, 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

Editor presents Meditation makes you more creative posted at Science Daily.

Lauren presents 3 Ways Writers Can Stay Creative And Protect Their Mental Health posted at Lauren Sapala.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #10 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

Art is the overflow of emotion into action. ~Brian Raif

Creativity Prompt

Liz Langley presents Animal Myths From Around the World posted at National Geographic.

Resources

Artists Network is offering a free download for on Pencil Shading Techniques.

Writing Tips

Michael J. Sullivan presents Starting out Strong – How to Write a Killer Opening posted at Mythic Scribes.

Maeve Maddux presents Parallel Construction posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Medical Doctors posted at Write with Fey.

Becca Puglisi presents How to Keep your Story Moving and Your Character Believable posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Melissa Donovan presents Are You Dedicated to Better Writing? posted at Writing Forward.

Maria Popova presents Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer posted at Brain Pickings.

Nina Munteanu presents Make Your Openings Count posted at Amazing Stories.

Elizabeth presents Writing Our Region—Without Overdoing It posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

CS Lakin presents How Settings and Locale Shape Us and the Characters We Create posted at Live Write Thrive.

Jeffrey Whitney presents Want to Write Better Dialogue? Break the Rules posted at The Write Practice.

Warren Adler presents On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists posted at Writer Unboxed.

Maria MacKenzie presents A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Writing Dialogue posted at Romance University.

Rita Wilson, MPH presents Memoir Writing Bridges Past and Present posted at Psychology Today.

Mooderino presents Romancing the Reader posted at Moody Writing.

Larry Brooks presents Getting Published: The Genre-Concept Connection posted at Story Fix.

Blogging

Adrienne Carlson presents 5 Things to Know When Starting Your Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Conversations with a Bookseller.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand-Stitched Embroidery posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Tracy Woodsford presents Journal exercises posted at Sojourner.

The Business of Creativity

Marcy Kennedy presents 5 Guidelines for Approaching Book Review Bloggers posted at Fiction University.

Editor presents Does Discounting Hurt Your Art Business? posted at Arts Business Institute.

Bryan Hutchinson presents What I Learned From Screwing-up My Book Cover Design posted at Positive Writer.

Kim Barloso presents No Freelance Writing Gigs? Here are 7 Ways to Stay Productive posted at Make a Living Writing.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Self-Publishing: No Longer Just the “Vanity” Option for Today’s First-Time Authors posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

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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!