Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 9, 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.


My friend, Maighread MacKay, just published a new book. I absolutely loved her last book, Stone Cottage, which is about the spirit of a young bride who is trapped here on earth by her grief. I’ve been waiting for Maighread’s next book to come out, and here it is, Murder at Mother’s.  It’s definitely on my TBR list. Let me tell you more.

A killer lurks at the Bancroft estate and the Matriarch, Martha Bancroft is murdered. Royally pissed, she hangs around to see what happened. When she doesn’t go immediately to the light, a member of her soul group, shows up from the other side. Gladys is adamant Martha needs to come with her, but Martha has no intention of going anywhere until she helps Detective Ian “Mac” MacKellar and Coroner Dr. Cecilia “Cissy” Walsh find the murderer. Gladys joins Martha and the two set out on their quest.

This novel is a work of Visionary Fiction. Locations mentioned in the book may be real, but details have been changed to fit the story better.

Definition of Visionary Fiction: Besides telling a good story, VF enlightens and encourages readers to expand their awareness of greater possibilities. It helps them see the world in a new light and recognize dimensions of reality they commonly ignore.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Lisa Cron presents Ask the Story Genius: What Does ‘Likeable’ Really Mean? posted at Witers in the Storm.

Edie Melson presents STREAMLINE YOUR WRITING LIFE WITH THESE 10 TIPS posted at The Write Conversation.

The Magic Violinist presents 4 Ways to Create Empathy in Your Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Ashley Clark presents Bucking Platform And Challenging Your Story posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Ann Wylie presents Turn numbers into things posted at Reach More Readers.

Warren Adler presents he Top 7 Details You Need to Think About When Writing Historical Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

Oren Ashkenazi presents Five Bad Tropes to Drop posted at Mythcreants.

Sarah Fox presents 6 WAYS TO GET INTO YOUR CHARACTER’S HEAD posted at Writerology.

Chris Eboch presents Developing a Great Story in Three (or Four) Steps posted at Fiction University.

James Scott Bell presents 5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel posted at Writer’s Digest.


Alicia Rades presents 4 Things Every Freelance Blogger Should Do on Their Business Birthday posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Nina Amir presents How to Stop Struggling to Become a Consistent Blogger posted at How to Blog a Book.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Controlling Pacing with Structure.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Creative Writing: DIY MFA with Gabriela Pereira.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Robert McKee special: The Night Of — The Importance of Research.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Selling for Authors, Permafree Trad Pub, and Amazon’s Bookstore.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Author Hacks with Derek Murphy.

The Business of Creativity

Sandra Beckwith presents 3 Amazon reader review myths: What you need to know posted at Build Book Buzz.

Ali Luke presents The Four Essential Qualities You Need for Freelance Writing Success (and How to Develop Them) posted at AliVentures.

Lisa de Nikolits presents Reading, Writing, and Promoting posted at Writers and Authors.

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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