Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for January 18, 2015. 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 Joni Mitchell on Freedom, the Source of Creativity, and the Dark Side of Success posted at Brain Pickings.

Miriam Schulman presents 5 ways to Spark your Creative Spirit posted at Schulman Art.

Tara Leaver presents 25 Ways to Be Creative in 5 Minutes or Less posted at Scoutie Girl.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1267 Near Death. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Acceptance posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Words tell our stories, but art makes it possible for us to bear witness to them. -Cathy Malchiodi

Writing Tips

Harrison Demchick presents Two Kinds of Scared Writers (and How to Overcome the Fear) posted at Positive Writer.

Janice Hardy presents Moving Forward: Writing Smooth Transitions posted at Fiction University.

Steve Davidson presents How To Guarantee A Short Fiction Sale Every Single Effin Time You Submit A Story posted at Amazing Stories.

Becca Puglisi presents The Power of The Short Story posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Christine Frazier presents Why Your Hero Needs a Pop Quiz posted at Better Novel Project.

Lauren presents The Way You Think Is Directly Linked To Your Writing Success posted at Lauren Sapala.

Emily Wenstrom presents Kill Your Darlings For Fun and Leisure posted at The Write Practice.

Cathy Yardley presents Why Genre Matters posted at Writer Unboxed.

Beth Barany presents Compelling Characters: It’s all about the change in identity and belief posted at Romance University.

CS Lakin presents Why Cinematic Technique Is Essential for Novelists posted at Live Write Thrive.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Write Better Fiction posted at Writing Forward.

Carol Tice presents Writing for Content Mills: Did You Pick the Wrong One? posted at Make a Living Writing.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Pep Talk Points About Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Larry Brooks presents Story Structure: What “going with the flow” Really Means posted at Story Fix.

Brian DeLeonard presents Using Fantasy to Enhance a Story posted at Mythic Scribes.

Joanna Penn presents Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey. posted at The Creative Penn.


Kevan Lee presents The Ultimate List of 95 Blogpost Ideas for Creating Craveable Content to Share on Social Media posted at Buffer.

Roman presents Try The Sermon Structure For Your Blog Posts posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about I Have an Idea; What Do I Do Now?.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Content Events, Permission and Series Success.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Maintaining Integrity of a Series.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about How a Clearly Defined Business Strategy Can Help with Author Overwhelm.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Multi-layered Laser-cut Wood Artworks by Martin Tomsky posted at This is Colossal.


Clair de Boer presents Why We Need to Keep Writing When We Feel Defeated posted at The Gift of Writing.

Debra presents Imagine your ideal life… a journal exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Robin Rosenberg, PhD presents Changing some aspect of your life posted at Psychology Today.

Jen presents Journal prompt: I need… posted at Journal Wild.

The Business of Creativity

Brennan Dunn presents How to Ensure You Get Paid as a Freelancer posted at Life Hacker.

Olivia L Bianca presents Trying to Get Your Book Traditionally Published? Five Things You Should Know about Editorial Boards posted at Novel Publicity.

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 1/18/15

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my prompt! I love the wonderful things you share on here, so inspiring. 🙂
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  2. Beth Barany says:

    Thanks so much for listing my article “Compelling Characters: It’s all about the change in identity and belief” posted at Romance University last fall. Much appreciated!
    Beth Barany recently posted..Turn Your Novel into a Screenplay, Course Coming SoonMy Profile

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