Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 15, 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.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Keep Your Focus on the Positive posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you wish. - George Bernard Shaw

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Winter posted at Write with Fey.

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction posted at io9.

Lauren presents How Far Is Too Far? The (Alleged) Crime Of Self-Indulgent Writers posted at Lauren Sapala.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Imagining Your Finished Book–A Three-Part (and Very Encouraging!) Brainstorming Exercise posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop Your Book.

Jess Millis presents Six Steps for Self-Marketing your eBook posted at Novel Publicity.

Phillip Overby presents How to Obliterate Writer’s Block posted at Mythic Scribes.

Angela Ackerman presents 10 Reasons Why Your Hero Needs Flaws posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Matt Herron presents How To Create a Character Sketch Using Scrivener posted at The Write Practice.

Melissa Donovan presents Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell posted at Writing Forward.

CS Lakin presents Creating Engaging Dialog by Using Subtext posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Examples of Passive Voice (And How To Fix Them) posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents When to Revise What in Your Novel posted at Fiction University.

Damon Suede presents Dark Matters: Cultivating Creative Cruelty in Romance Fiction posted at Romance University.

Maria Popova presents Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s Three Rules of Writing and Four Elements of Style: Timeless Advice from 1914 posted at Brain Pickings.

KM Weiland presents How to Use Rewards and Punishments to Get Your Character to Change posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World posted at Amazing Stories.

Jack Smith presents Pruning Your Novel posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Rita Watson presents 4 Memoir Writing Tips for Treasuring a Holiday Memory posted at Psychology Today.


Daniel Scocco presents The Blog Post Checklist: Use Before Hitting “Publish” posted at Daily Blog Tips.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (“The Magical 1%”).

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Penny Sansevieri, Event Results and Bestseller Lists.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Spinning Off a New Series with Ed Robertson.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Building your Author Platform – With Tim Grahl.


Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Nunzio Paci’s Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy posted at This is Colossal.


Debra presents Journal exercises to get you sleepy posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Carol Tice presents 5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up posted at Make a Living Writing.

Joanna Penn presents Take Charge of Your Author Business: 5 Aspects to Consider posted at Writer Unboxed.

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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