From the monthly archives: May 2015

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 31, 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 Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Jo presents 7-Step Process to Align Body, Mind and Soul for Optimum Creativity posted at Inspire Portal.

Jory Mackay presents Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing posted at Life Hacker.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #5 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. - Madeleine L’Engle

Writing Tips

A. Howitt presents Medieval Archery for Fantasy Writers posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Tips to Balance Parallel Sentence Structure posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Lynnette Bonner presents The Power of the Senses: How to Fire Up Any Story Description posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Monica M. Clark presents Is Third-Person the Right Point of View for You? posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents Motifs for Cohesion and Depth posted at Live Write Thrive.

Donald Maas presents Plotting the Non-Plot-Driven Novel posted at Writer Unboxed.

Melissa Donovan presents Music-Inspired Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Patrick Ross presents Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing — Part Three posted at The Artist’s Road.

Elizabeth presents Tension & Pacing in Your Fiction posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Structuring Phase–The Second Stage of Building a Book posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Marcy McKay presents 3 Super Easy Tricks to Empower Your Writing posted at Positive Writer.

Stephanie Morrill presents How To Build A Rich Setting For A Contemporary Story posted at Go Teen Writers.

Ilana C Myer presents Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed posted at Tor.

Mooderino presents Tricks of the Trade 3: Electric Writing posted at Moody Writing.

Blogging

Carol Frome presents What Bloggers Can Learn from Click and Clack: The Element of Surprise posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Beginnings.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about KDP Ads, ISBNs and Author Value.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Networking and Author Landing Pages with Matt Gartland.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Overwhelmed As An Author? How To Work With Virtual Assistants With Chris Ducker.

Visual Arts

ABI presents Is Your Work Collectible? posted at Arts Business Institute.

Christopher Jobson presents Brooding Seascapes and Marine Vessels Painted by Justyna Kopania posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Nina Munteanu presents Surfing The Hybrid Wave of Publishing posted at Amazing Stories.

Dario Ciriello presents Bad Reviews, or How to Hide the Bodies posted at Fiction University.

Pat Haggerty presents Publishing From Scrivener to Kindle posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents So, What Exactly Does a Successful Freelance Writer DO? posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jo Linsdell presents Does Your Facebook Author Page Have a Call To Action? posted at Writers and Authors.

Miriam Schulman presents 7 Email Marketing Tips for artists posted at Schulman Art.

Lauren R. Tharp presents 30 Writing + Freelancing Questions from My Mailbag (Part 2) posted at Little Zotz Writing.

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

 

Vintage Postcard ~ Girl on Bicycle

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Cheryl Hicks on Flickr

"JULIUS GARFINKLE" brown leather pumps heels

She wore a size ten shoe. –Size Ten Shoe by Laura Lee Cascada

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: Write about your favorite shoes.

Art Prompt: Shoes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your feet.

Photo Credit: Cheryl on Flickr

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gamut noun
  1. A complete extent or range; as, “a face that expressed a gamut of emotions.”
  2. The entire scale of musical notes.

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

Journaling Prompt: What experience caused you to run the gamut of your emotions?

Art Prompt: Gamut

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

Photo Credit: Kim Faires on Flickr

…false memories of committing crime with police contact can be surprisingly easy to generate, and can have all the same kinds of complex details as real memories,” says psychological scientist and lead researcher Julia Shaw of the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.
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“All participants need to generate a richly detailed false memory is 3 hours in a friendly interview environment, where the interviewer introduces a few wrong details and uses poor memory-retrieval techniques.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the police convince an innocent person that he or she committed a crime.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when someone manipulated you into believing something that wasn’t true.

Art Prompt: False memories

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of an innocent person sentenced to death row who has  now been exonerated.

Photo Credit: ViktorDobai on Flickr

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All that one can say is that these tales are not to be taken as history in any rigid sense of the word, but must for the most part be regarded as mere hints, caught from chaos, and coming down through a hundred broken mediums… –The Story of Ireland by Emily Lawless

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a tale that presents an alternate version of a myth.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite legend, tale, or myth. What is it that appeals to you? How does it inspire you?

Art Prompt: Historical tales

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite legend, tale, or myth and explain what it taught you about life.

Photo Credit: Sharon Brogan on Flickr

scales of justice

…the need to strike back is essential to the archetype of justice as we honor it. That archetype represents an inherent need in us for fairness, a sense of “an eye for an eye,” which also includes a feeling that we must give fairly to those who give to us. Justice is not only about retribution. This deeply rooted sense is also about fair play. The need for justice and retribution underlies the American legal system, and this subtle thought-form is active within our psyche. The introduction of forgiveness is shattering to the entire archetype of justice as we know it, especially if we are accustomed to see ourselves as innocent and humiliated. This is where pride can inject a most commanding-and unhealthy-presence. Pride mixed with the fury of humiliation can make us more unreasonable than we ever realized. –Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the archetype of justice is the source of the conflict.

Journaling Prompt: In what type of situations do you insist on justice? How does pride play a part?

Art Prompt: Justice

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the dangers of pride mixed with humiliation.

Photo Credit: Michael Coghlan on Flickr

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A “pick-up artist” is a person who practices finding, attracting, and seducing sexual partners, and often promotes his skills in workshops for audiences of young heterosexual men. Some of these individuals suggest, as Blanc does, that they use techniques that subvert a target’s autonomy.
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There is nothing unusual, of course, about thinking of ways to win over a romantic interest. However, pick-up artists can be differentiated from the bulk of the population in that they turn this normal human activity into agame—and aim to distill it down to an art form that can be improved through knowledge and rehearsal, often with a clear end-point. –Malcolm Forbes and Ryan Anderson

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a pick-up artist who picks up the wrong person.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about people on the make? How do you deal with them?

Art Prompt: Pick-up artist

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about a failed effort to pick up someone of the opposite sex.

Photo Credit: bswise on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 24, 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

Editors presents Which Artist Archetype Are You? posted at End Papers.

Sarah presents Ten Ways to Use Storytelling to Improve Your Ability to Connect and Communicate. posted at It Starts With.

Todd Henry presents Mick Jagger And The Uncertainty Of Creative Success posted at The Accidental Creative.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1370 Visual Prompt of the Week – Serene Sunrise. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Liz presents This is Real Life #4 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. -Jack Kerouac

Resources

Joanna presents Recommended Books For Writing, Self-Publishing, Book Marketing And Creative Entrepreneurship posted at The Creative Penn.

Writing Tips

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 34: Repetitive Dialogue posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Five Traits to Help You Create Your Character’s Personality posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents 10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin posted at The Write Practice.

Rachel Amphlett presents Don’t “Write What You Know”—Write What You Long to Write posted at Live Write Thrive.

Cathy Yardley presents Are There Any Original Stories Left? posted at Writer Unboxed.

Alana Saitz presents Should You Write a Memoir? posted at Writing Forward.

Patrick Ross presents Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing — Part Two posted at The Artist’s Road.

Mark Nichol presents 5 Building Blocks of Your Character’s Personality posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Gathering Phase and Structuring Phase–Two Stages of Building a Book posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents 3 Roles of the Shapeshifter Character Archetype posted at Better Novel Project.

Dev Petty presents How Dev Petty Found a Story with Legs…Frog Legs! posted at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Larry Brooks presents What You May be Missing about “50 Shades of Grey” posted at Story Fix.

Terrie Quincey presents Naming Your Characters – 4 Quick and Dirty Tips posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents Most Bloggers Forget This Simple Rule. Do You? posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Comebacks, Engagement and Spousal Support (with Robert Scanlon).

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about What Readers Really Want, with Matt from Buck Books.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about The Power of Free: How You Can Profit from Giving Away Your Work.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about The Unconventional Book Launch with Author Nicole Lapin.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Pablo Lehmann Book Arts posted at This is Colossal.

Maria Popova presents Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: An Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating the Capacity for Creative Observation posted at Brain Pickings.

Jean Pederson presents Music and Painting, A Harmonious Relationship posted at Artists Network.

Journaling

Eric Ungs presents How Writing Catapults Change posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Alastair Savage presents Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 2 Agents and Editors posted at Amazing Stories.

Avery Flynn presents Top 10 Ways to have a Successful Facebook Party posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents How I Got My First $10,000 Freelance Writing Gig posted at Make a Living Writing.

Elizabeth presents Writers–It Doesn’t Pay to be Shy posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Susan Shapiro presents 9 Ways to Crack Into Major Markets With Personal Essays posted at Writer’s Digest.

Paula Moldenhauer presents Becoming an Editor Clients Trust posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Jo Linsdell presents How To Make a Media Kit for Your Book posted at Writers and Authors.

Aisha Sulaiman presents 5 Ways To Showcase Your Testimonials and Wow New Clients posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

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

 

Sunset Umbrella

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Don McCullough on Flickr