From the monthly archives: July 2016

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 31, 2016. 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

Jeff Goins presents The Painful Practice of Putting Your Art Out There posted at Goins Writer.

Jo Malby presents COMPASSION, VULNERABILITY & MY UNEXPECTED PLOT TWIST posted at Inspire Portal.

John Soares presents 7 Myths of High Productivity posted at Productive Writers.

Stephanie Morrill presents Letting go of what “real” writers should be like. posted at Go Teen Writers.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Overcomer posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer presents It’s a Girl! posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Editor presents Going Beyond the Laces posted at Seeing Owen.

Liz presents COMPETITION TIME, OR A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE TOASTMASTERS CONTEST posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents The Fundamentals of Verbs posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Essential Tools for the Writer’s Toolbox posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents How to Take Charge of Your Novel’s Symbolism posted at Better Novel Project.

Rachelle presents Lessons from the Gym posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Jody presents 4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Eliminate Unnecessary Infodumps posted at Fiction University.

Stuart Horwitz presents How to Finish Your Book in Three Drafts posted at Jane Friedman.

Ali Luke presents Your Two-Year Plan for Writing, Editing and Publishing Your Novel (However Busy You Are) posted at Aliventure.

Lauren presents DARK FOREST: DECEPTION AS PART OF THE WRITER’S PERSONALITY posted at Lauren Sapala.

Theresa Stevens presents Converting Backstory into Character posted at Romance University.

Steven presents The Blitzkrieg Method posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Chuck Wendig presents WHAT EXACTLY MAKES A DAMN GOOD STORY? posted at Terrible Minds.

Claire DeBoer presents How To Turn Your Story Into A Captivating Bestseller posted at Positive Writer.

Paige Dunlap presents Seven Useful Tips from Seasoned Writers posted at Novel Publicity.

Kristen Lamb presents 3 Mistakes that Will Make Readers Want to Punch a Book in the Face posted at Warrior Writers.

Larry Brooks presents The Secret Key to Breaking Big posted at KillZone.

Anthony Ehlers presents Shading A Scene posted at Writers Write.

Angela Ackerman presents How To Turn Your Setting Into An Obstacle Course posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Pamela Hodges presents 7 Steps to Write More posted at The Write Practice.

Edie Melson presents 7 Tips to Help You Focus Your Writer’s Eye posted at The Write Conversation.

Blogging

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Finding the Right “Sweet Spot” For Updating Your Blog posted at Pen & Prosper.

Enstine Muki presents GiveAways – 5 Tips to Get More Exposure and Traffic posted at Blogging Tips.

Ali Luke presents Four Quick Ways to Improve Any Blog Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Happiness, Author Ethics and Hachette Makes a Deal.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Write Better Stories Faster.

This week’s podcast at Little Zotz Writing is all about Nurture Relationships for the Best Client Referrals.

This week’s podcast at Pub Crawl is all about GENRES – ROMANCE.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about The Importance of Focus with Angela McConnell.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Write The Heart Of Your Story. Tips For Writing Emotion With CJ Lyons.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Pre-Orders: Are they Always A Good Idea?.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Remarkable Macro Photographs of Ice Structures and Snowflakes posted at This is Colossal.

 

The Business of Creativity

Debbie Carter presents A literary agent reflects “On Authors and Book Talks” posted at Joan Detz.

Ron Callari presents Inkitt: Using Algorithms to Open Doors for Indie Authors to Become Bestsellers posted at BookWorks.

Joe presents Do Ebook Preorders Work? posted at JA Konrath.

Editor presents Plan Your Next Product Release posted at Arts Business Institute.

Philip Overby presents How to Find a Niche Audience posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kat Tretina presents Earn More Writing Online With These Easy Graphic-Creation Tips posted at 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!

 

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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

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If I had thought of, if I’d felt any reason at all to stop, I would have. You know I would have stopped. –BREATHLESS • BY GLENN MORI

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 a time when you should have stopped but didn’t.

Art Prompt: Stop!

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your failure to stop doing something until it was too late.

Photo Credit: faungg’s photos on Flickr

fri quagmire

quagmire n
  • A swampy, soggy area of ground.
  • (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.

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

Journaling Prompt: What is the most perilous predicament you’ve ever found yourself in and what did you learn from it?

Art Prompt: Quagmire

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

Photo Credit: Bryan Starbuck on Flickr

thursday path

There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk. –Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a character who ends up someplace completely unexpected.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when it seemed like you were on the wrong path, but you ended up in the right place.

Art Prompt: Unexpected destination

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a time when something seemed like a mistake but then turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Photo Credit: Kristin McNally on Flickr

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Project MKUltra—sometimes referred to as the CIA’s mind control program—was the code name given to an illegal program of experiments on human subjects, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind control. Organized through the Scientific Intelligence Division of the CIA, the project coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many illegal activities, including the use of unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy. MKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a conspiracy theory that is actually true.

Journaling Prompt: How feasible do you think mind control is? Are you able to control your own mind?

Art Prompt: Mind control

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about Project MKUltra and what you believe it teaches us about abuse of secrecy.

Photo Credit: Mkultra-lsd-doc.jpg on Wikimedia

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Native societies did not think of themselves as being in the world as occupants but considered that their rituals created the world and keep it operational. -Marshall McLuhan, College and University Journal, Volumes 6-7, American College Public Relations Association, 1967, p. 3

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a ritual for your story’s culture or a personal ritual for one of your characters.

Journaling Prompt: What is your most important ritual?

Art Prompt: Ritual

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about one of your rituals.

Photo Credit: danielle tineke on Flickr

monday blue flash

John Ivers, an unassuming grandfather living in Bruceville, Indiana, started the project with 10 feet of straight track in his shed, which he plopped a retrofitted car seat on top of. Simply through trial and error — without formal engineering training — he kept on building, until the ride outgrew the small shed. Then he brought it outside and kept building, adding a full loop, an engine-powered conveyor chain, support towers, and flag mounts.

When it was finished, he of course christened the roller coaster with a name: the Blue Flash. –Atlas Obscura

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who builds something incredible.

Journaling Prompt: If you could, what would you build in your back yard?

Art Prompt: Rollercoaster

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the amazing story of something you built.

Photo Credit: Collin on Atlas Obscura

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 24, 2016. 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

Jennifer Brown Banks presents How Our Errors Can Enhance Us… posted at Pen & Prosper.

Karli-Marie presents 6 Easy Tips to Help You Bust Through Your Creative Slump posted at Tangie Baxter & Co.

Jennifer presents How to Stay in the Zone when Creating posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents On Another Night posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: THE SHELL COLLECTOR BY HUGH HOWEY posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

William Savage presents Let There be Light! posted at Pen and Pension.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Resources

Larry Brooks presents Story Engineering Presentation Notes posted at StoryFix.

Writing Tips

Lauren presents HAVE A NANOWRIMO MANUSCRIPT STASHED AWAY SOMEWHERE? THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOU. posted at Lauren Sapala.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Balancing the Three Key Elements of Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

CS Plocher presents What We Can Learn from J.K. Rowling’s Series Grid posted at Better Novel Project.

Jody presents Spicing Up a Story With Similes & Metaphors posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Ilsa J. Bick presents Facing Dark Times as a Writer posted at Fiction University.

Mark Nichol presents How to Write a Lead Paragraph posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Joe Kawano presents 3 PLACES TO LOOK FOR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR STORIES posted at Launch Your Universe.

Melissa Donovan presents 8 Common Creative Writing Mistakes posted at Writing Forward.

Amanda Patterson presents 9 Famous Fictional Narcissistic Mothers – And How To Write About Them posted at Writers Write.

Adria J. Cimino presents What’s in a Name? How to Avoid the “Claire” Confusion posted at Writers in the Storm.

Jeff Elkins presents How to Write Dialogue Without Using Adverbs posted at The Write Practice.

Steven presents The Magic of TK posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

CS Lakin presents A Look at the Second Pinch Point in Stories posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kristen Lamb presents The Hard Truth About Being a Professional Writer posted at Warrior Writers.

John Henderson presents 5 Bad Writing Habits You Can Do Without posted at Novel Publicity.

Ali Luke presents Want to Write a Novel? Here’s How to Get Started posted at Aliventures.

Sheila Wisz Ellayn presents The Magic of Fantasy — Let’s Love the Unreal posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Hal Licino presents The Top 12 Features To Add To Your Blogging Email Newsletter posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jade Phillips presents 10 Time-Wasting Blogging Mistakes That Hurt Your Reputation posted at The Write Life.

Linda Formichelli presents How to Actually Do All the Things You Thought Freelancing Would Free You to Do posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Grow Your List While Building Your Readership with Derek Webb of NoiseTrade.

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 Author Biz is all about Putting the SMART into Social Media Marketing.

This week’s podcast at LittleZotz Writing is all about The Pros and Cons of Content Mills.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self Publishing is all about The Selling Power of Tropes with J.A. Cipriano.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Carving the Moon: A New Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop posted at This is Colossal.

Editor presents Photography: Nirav Patel posted at I Need a Guide.

Journaling

Dolly Garland presents 5 Ways Journaling Can Improve Learning Agility posted at Kaizen Journaling.

Claire de Boer presents For Those Days When You Feel Lost And Broken posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Rachelle presents Finding Comparable Books posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Editor presents How Trunk Shows Can Grow Your Handmade Business posted at Arts Business Institute.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 15 Clever Offline Marketing Ideas for Authors You’ll Want to Use! posted at Positive Writer.

Carol Tice presents Transform Your Freelance Marketing: 5 Things You’re Probably Getting Wrong posted at Make a Living Writing.

EC Myers presents BUYING TIME TO MAKE GOOD ART posted at PubCrawl.

Jane presents An Alternative to ACX for Audiobook Production and Distribution posted at Jane Friedman.

Penny Sanseviere presents 5-Minute Book Marketing for Indie Authors posted at BookWorks.

Joanna Penn presents Print Only Products: Turn Your Book Into A Notebook Or Workbook posted at The Creative Penn.

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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Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!