From the monthly archives: July 2017

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 23, 2017. 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

Nina Amir presents Creative Visualization for Writers with Nina Amir posted at Social Media Just for Writers.

Jeff Goins presents Why I Started Writing Fiction: The Power of Beginning Again posted at Goins Writer.

Rebekah Gyger presents 7 Thoughts For Writers Struggling With Depression posted at Go Teen Writers.

Ali Luke presents Seven Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up on Writing posted at AliVentures.

Chuck Sambuchino presents Why Tough Love is Crucial For Writers posted at Writers Digest.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Chuck Downing presents Authors: Where Do Ideas Come From? An example in response to Prompt #1694 Ghetto Uprising.

Reena Saxeena presents Cassandra’s Curse in response to Prompt #3054 Seeing Into the Future.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents DO YOU HAVE THE TO DO LIST BLUES? posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents How Can You Tell if Your Idea is Worth Writing? posted at Fiction University.

Elizabeth presents Balancing Pace with Reader Inclusion posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Kim Liao presents WHY YOU SHOULD AIM FOR 100 REJECTIONS A YEAR posted at LitHub.

Angela Ackerman presents How Character Attributes and Flaws Work Within Character Arc posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Adam Ferraresi presents 10 Best Chrome Extensions For Writing, Blogging And Social Media posted at Writers & Authors.

Pepper Basham presents Writing in the Flurry – NaNo and Not posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Jeff Elkins presents 4 Essential Mind Tricks for Writing to Persuade posted at The Write Practice.



Blogging

Srish Agrawal presents 9 Quick Tips to Improve Content Writing Speed and Quality posted at Blogging Tips.

Elvis Michael presents How to Make Your Blog Stand Out Like a Sore Thumb posted at Blogging Pro.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing Crime Fiction with Brian Keene.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The System We Use to Write and Sell Books.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about The Email Marketing Show.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about From Author Entrepreneur To Creative Business Empire With Sean Platt.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Babylon 5 — The Rewards of Long-Form Plotting.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing for Low Budget Films – Marc Hamill.

Journaling

Melissa Donovan presents Journal Writing Tips: Daily Gratitudes posted at Writing Forward.

The Business of Creativity

Mandy Gardner presents How to Save for Retirement When You’re a Freelance Writer posted at Funds for Writers.

Sabrina presents Indie Author Marketing Guide: Pinterest posted at Digital Pubbing.

Sandra Beckwith presents Sell more books with these 2 steps posted at Build Book Buzz.

Penny Sansevieri presents Planning an Audiobook? Consider These 3 Things posted at BookWorks.

Susan Maccarelli presents 4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Lauren Tharp presents 5 Steps to Take When You Lose Your Best Blogging Client posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Laura Drake presents Blast Copyright Pirates out of the Water posted at Writers in the Storm.

Monica Bhide presents A Recipe for a Non-Traditional Marketing Plan posted at Writer Unboxed.

Traci Tyne Hilton presents WHY AN INDIE AUTHOR NEEDS A SLUSH PILE posted at The Write Conversation.

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

 

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: The Wilson Girls on Last Door Down the Hall Blog



How do you keep going after the one person you always believed you were meant to be with forever gives their heart to someone else? –Redemption by LA Kuehlke

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 bad break up you went through and how you felt at that time.

Art Prompt: Lost love

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story about lost love.

Photo Credit: Dennis Skley on Flickr



doppelganger
  • A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.
  • Alter ego; double.

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

Journaling Prompt: Do you have a doppelganger? How do you feel when someone says you remind them of someone?

Art Prompt: Doppelganger

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

Photo Credit: Suedehead on Flickr



Researchers from the University of Surrey and University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) collected data from more than 400 participants on behavioural expectations of people described as ‘moral’ and ‘immoral’. Participants were asked to estimate the probability that an individual possessing a characteristic (i.e. honesty) would act in an inconsistent manner (i.e. dishonestly).

It found participants perceived that those with a ‘good’ moral disposition were more likely to act out of character (i.e. immorally) than an immoral person to engage in inconsistent (i.e. moral) behaviours. For example, ‘covering for somebody’ was considered by participants to be a behaviour that could be displayed by a sincere person whereas an insincere person was less likely to be associated with behaviours such as ‘telling the truth’.

Such a finding shows that those who are perceived to have immoral traits will have difficulty in changing how they are viewed by others as they are deemed to be less likely to change than a person classed as moral. This is particularly damaging for those who have a questionable character or are facing legal proceedings and highlights the obstacles they face in reversing perceptions of them. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an unlikable character who can’t catch a break because of past behavior.

Journaling Prompt: Do you judge people based on their last behavior? Have you ever been wrong?

Art Prompt: Perception

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of perception in judging people.

Photo Credit: ryan pikkel on Flickr



 

Several months ago, at the young age of one hundred and twenty, my great-aunt Maddy LaVeau had left this world. She had no children, other than the cat that now owned me, and she’d left a mysterious message in her will about me “taking my place in the world.” Apparently, that “place” required owning her creepy old manor. –Forever Charmed by Rose Pressey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about what happens in great-aunt Maddy’s mansion.

Journaling Prompt: What is the creepiest place you have ever gone? What made it so creepy?

Art Prompt: Creepy mansion

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a scary story about a spooky place.

Photo Credit: Rhonda Clements on Flickr



“In Greek mythology, Cassandra, daughter of the king of Troy, had the power to foresee the future. But, she was also cursed and no one believed her prophecies,” said the study’s lead author, Gerd Gigerenzer, PhD, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. “In our study, we’ve found that people would rather decline the powers that made Cassandra famous, in an effort to forgo the suffering that knowing the future may cause, avoid regret and also maintain the enjoyment of suspense that pleasurable events provide.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene involving a character who can see the future.

Journaling Prompt: Would you like to see the future? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Seeing into the Future

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of prophecy.

Photo Credit: Cassandra (Stratford Gallery) on Wikimedia



The platform rumbles again, with no train due. I run to the edge and watch the dragon roar in, its scales glittering in the sickly fluorescent lights. The dragon is beautiful in a way no mortal thing could be, perfect and powerful and smooth like water.

He looks at me again. “Okaeri.” The dragon’s voice is brassy, like a temple bell.

I want to jump on his back. But what will happen? How do I even deserve this, with my middling grades and gnawing fears? This is the unknown stretched in a sinuous line. –Breaking Orbit by Rachael Acks

Fiction Writing Prompt: What happens when the protagonist jumps on the dragon?

Journaling Prompt: If a dragon showed up and invited you for a ride, would you go? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Dragonrider

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience why dragons have captured our imaginations.

Photo Credit: Bill Froberg on Flickr



Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 16, 2017. 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

Veronica presents Create Every Day posted at Veronica Funk.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Resources

AUTHOR PLATFORM (WRITER WORKSHEET WEDNESDAY) provided by E.A. Deverrell.

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Is it OK to Use Swear Words in Your Writing? posted at AliVentures.

Janice Hardy presents Whose Story is It? posted at Fiction University.

Edie Melson presents IT’S OKAY TO TAKE TIME TO FLEX YOUR WRITING WINGS BEFORE YOU FLY posted at The Write Conversation.

Joe Bunting presents How To Win a Writing Contest posted at The Write Practice.

Cathy Yardley presents How to Write When Life Sucks posted at Writer Unboxed.

Faye Irwin presents HOW TO GET INTO ‘THE ZONE’ (WHEN THE WORDS JUST AREN’T FLOWING) posted at Writerology.

John Nicholls presents What would I tell a new author? posted at Writers & Authors.

James Scott Bell presents The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) posted at The Writer’s Dig.

Angela Ackerman presents Character Motivation Entry: Obtaining Shelter From The Elements posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Kate Moretti presents How to Preserve Your Creative Self In Times of Trouble posted at Writers in the Storm.

Melissa Donovan presents Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Characters posted at Writing Forward.



Blogging

Nicole Pieri presents Your Template for When You Screw Up posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Editor presents My Blog Can Do What? 4 Unexpected Features That Improve Your Site posted at Blogging Pro.

Nina Amir presents 6 Lessons to Help Bloggers Overcome Their “Perfection Obsession” posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The Future of Smarter Artist.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Pacing With Chapters.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about BookPerk, Co-Writing, and the Post-Content Era.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about How To Get Your Book Sales Moving With Facebook Ads. A Case Study With David Penny.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Battlestar Galactica — The Importance of Long-Form Plotting.

The Business of Creativity

Sandra Beckwith presents Facebook advertising for authors: A quick-start guide posted at Build Book Buzz.

Liz presents TWITTER TIPS – USING AUTOMATION THE SMART WAY posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Mary Vee presents How to Write a Query Letter-A Red Rose in a Desert posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Sabrina presents Legal Considerations for Authors posted at Digital Pubbling.

Elizabeth presents 10 Minute Marketing posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

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

 

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Hy Crutchett on Flickr