Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 12, 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 The Hand Through the Fence: Pablo Neruda on What a Childhood Encounter Taught Him About Writing and Why We Make Art posted at Brain Pickings.

Jen presents How to deal with creative overwhelm posted at Journal Wild.

Polly Campbell presents Go After Your Dream Despite Threat of Rejection posted at Imperfect Spirituality.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Winona responded to Prompt #1323 Getting Even

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Monkey Business posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. -Kurt Vonnegut

Creativity Prompt

Lauren Davis presents 10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot posted at io9.

Writing Tips

Liz Michalski presents KAPOW! Cutting Scenes Like a Superhero posted at Writer Unboxed.

Ken Hughes presents Your Scene Needs a Problem posted at Fiction University.

K.M. Weiland presents You’ve Been Writing Sentences Wrong All Your Life! Find Out Why posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents Finding the Courage To Write posted at Amazing Stories.

Mary Carroll Moore presents How Chapters Are Built–What to Include, What to Skip, and How to Know If You Actually Have One posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Natasa Lekic presents 7 Ways to Mentally Squash Rejection Letters posted at Writing Forward.

Sarah Allen presents How Small Projects Can Keep You Rolling in the Dry Spells posted at Live Write Thrive.

Chrys presents Writer’s Etiquette posted at Write with Fey.

Adam Firestone presents It’s Chemistry, Baby! A Short Primer on Chemical Weapons for Authors posted at Romance University.

Elise Abram presents Why Character Names Are the Secret Ingredient to Your Story posted at The Write Practice.

Jack Craig presents 10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Alex Limberg presents Spreading Reality in Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis posted at Ride the Pen.

Philip Overby presents Give Up: You’ll Never Be Published posted at Mythic Scribes.

Joanna Penn presents BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors posted at The Creative Penn.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Agenda Items for Your Writing Group’s First Meeting posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jeff Goins presents The Totally Boring Process of Writing a Book posted at Goins Writer.

Marcy McKay presents How To Give Constructive Writing Criticism (That Actually Helps) posted at Postive Writer.

Mooderino presents Every Story Is a Mystery posted at Moody Writing.

Jo presents 10 Brilliant Tips for Writing Fiction Inspired by Famous Authors posted at Inspire Portal.

James Chartrand presents 3 Success-Killer Mistakes to Avoid this Year posted at Men with Pens.

Jody presents How to Utilize Tension More Effectively posted at Jody Hedlund.

Alison Morton presents Eight steps to building a fictional world that works posted at Writers Village.

Angela Ackerman presents Show, Don’t Tell: Revealing True Emotion In Dialogue posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Dana Schwartz presents What Keeps Your Door Closed? posted at The Gift of Writing.

Cathy Yardley presents How Are You Going To Succeed As a Writer? posted at Story Fix.

Christine Frazier presents What the ‘Sorting Hat’ Teaches Us About the Hero’s First Obstacle posted at Better Novel Project.

Courtney Alameda presents Everything I Needed to Know about Writing Monster Horror I Learned from Alien posted at Tor.


Jerry Thor presents How to Change the World with Your Blog: 3 Ideas posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Andrew McDermott presents 7 Steps That Will Hook Your Audience through the Magnetic Force of Fascination posted at CopyBlogger.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Focus on the Writing – with Russell Blake.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Indies, Pricing and Premium Facebook.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Biggest Self-Publishing Lessons Learned of 2014.

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about Chris Michel on Art, Compliance Mechanisms, and Entrepreneurship.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Pep Talk is all about How to find the cross section between the work you do best and the highest demand in the market place.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Flowing City Maps Imagine the Influence of Cities on the Environment posted at This is Colossal.


Debra presents Writing our worries away posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Kristal presents Time to Get Real – What’s Stopping you from Starting an Art Journal Today? posted at Kristal Norton.

Marianne Ingheim Rossi presents A brief history of journaling posted at Journaling for your Life.

The Business of Creativity

Carol Tice presents How One Writer Turned a Bad Review into Prospecting Gold posted at Make a Living Writing.

Susan Sundwall presents How to Increase Your Book Sales Through Libraries posted at Pen and Prosper.

David presents How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms posted at David Gaughran.

Jeff Maehre presents How to Be A Client’s Go-To Freelancer posted at Work Awesome.

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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