From the monthly archives: September 2017

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Pasquale Paolo Cardo on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 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

Jeff Goins presents The Real Reason We Don’t Set Goals posted at Goins Writer.

John Soares presents How Deep Work Makes You A Better and More Productive Writer posted at Productive Writers.

Sharing Our Work

Jena presents Sweet Saturday and My Moose Jaw Home posted at Painting with Words.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Althia Brown presents Pushing the Plot Forward—Tying (and Trimming) Loose Ends for a Tidy Finish posted at Fiction University.

Sandy Kirby Quandt presents How to Write a Devotional in 300 Words or Less posted at Women on Writing.

CS Lakin presents 3 Hard Truths I’ve Learned about Novel Writing posted at Live Write Thrive.

Grant Alter presents Adapting Novels Into Comic Books — An Inside Look posted at Mythic Scribes.

Paula Hicks presents Classical Hero: How Make This Character Work for Your Novel posted at Novel Publicity.

Nan Reinhardt presents Some Formatting Tips That Will Make Your Copy Editor Happy posted at Romance University.

Fae Rowen presents Eight Easy Ways for Your Characters to Show Love posted at Writers in the Storm.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hiring an Editor with Callie Stoker.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Raw Links, Wish Lists, and the Long Tail.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Packaging Your Product.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Depicting Microaggressions.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Getting Book Reviews as a New Author with Derek Siddoway.

Visual Arts

Dave Fitzsimmons presents 360 Photography 101: How To Get Started posted at 500px.

The Business of Creativity

Carol Tice presents Young Writers: Earn Big With These Vital Mindset Changes posted at Make a Living Writing.

Bryan Hutchinson presents You’re Better at Selling Your Writing Than You Think (Tips that Work!) posted at Positive Writers.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Why I Joined the EBooks Bandwagon posted at Pen & Prosper.

Frances Caballo presents How to Use Social Media for Your Book Launch? Use These 9 Tips posted at Social Media Just for Writers.

Sophia Bernazzani presents 11 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why) posted at HubSpot.

Naomi Bacon presents Harnessing the power of YouTube for books posted at The Book Seller.

Dave Chilton presents How to Pitch the Media (Without Even Sending Your Book) posted at Jane Friedman.

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

 

I once knew a girl who wouldn’t eat apples. –The Color Master by Aimee Bender

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 strangest trait.

Art Prompt: Apples

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny story about one of your unusual traits and how it got you into trouble.

Photo Credit: Nick Saltmarsh on Flickr


self-aggrandizement
  • the act of increasing one’s own power, importance, etc, esp in an aggressive or ruthless manner

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

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when someone you know engages in self-aggrandizement.

Art Prompt: Self-aggrandizement

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

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Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge, that may send such information to another entity without the consumer’s consent, or that asserts control over a device without the consumer’s knowledge…

Spyware does not necessarily spread in the same way as a virus or worm because infected systems generally do not attempt to transmit or copy the software to other computers. Instead, spyware installs itself on a system by deceiving the user or by exploiting software vulnerabilities… –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story where the conflict is driven by a piece of spyware that has a new and unexpected goal.

Journaling Prompt: How careful are you about online security? 

Art Prompt: Spyware

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about spyware and help them understand how to manage it.

Photo Credit: Blogtrepreneur on Flickr
 

This is a small town. Small towns always have legends. Some are true and some are not, but they’re always floating around. –Deborah Garner, Above the Bridge

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story about a small town with a legend that happens to be as unbelievable as it is true.

Journaling Prompt: What legend did you grow up hearing about your town?

Art Prompt: Legend

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a legend you heard in your childhood about where you lived.

Photo Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flickr

The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, held in 1968–1969, and was the first round-the-world yacht race. The race was controversial due to the failure of most competitors to finish the race and because of the suicide of one entrant; however, it ultimately led to the founding of the BOC Challenge and Vendée Globe round-the-world races, both of which continue to be successful and popular.

The race was sponsored by the British Sunday Times newspaper and was designed to capitalise on a number of individual round-the-world voyages which were already being planned by various sailors; for this reason, there were no qualification requirements, and competitors were offered the opportunity to join and permitted to start at any time between 1 June and 31 October 1968. The Golden Globe trophy was offered to the first person to complete an unassisted, non-stop single-handed circumnavigation of the world via the great capes, and a separate £5,000 prize was offered for the fastest single-handed circumnavigation.

Nine sailors started the race; four retired before leaving the Atlantic Ocean. Of the five remaining, Chay Blyth, who had set off with absolutely no sailing experience, sailed past the Cape of Good Hope before retiring; Nigel Tetley sank with 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km) to go while leading; Donald Crowhurst, who, in desperation, attempted to fake a round-the-world voyage to avoid financial ruin, began to show signs of mental illness, and then committed suicide; and Bernard Moitessier, who rejected the philosophy behind a commercialised competition, abandoned the race while in a strong position to win and kept sailing non-stop until he reached Tahiti after circling the globe one and a half times. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only entrant to complete the race, becoming the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world. He was awarded both prizes, and later donated the £5,000 to a fund supporting Crowhurst’s family. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a competition that must be completed singlehandedly and alone against great odds.

Journaling Prompt: What is the most challenging thing you’ve ever attempted alone? Write about the challenges you overcame.

Art Prompt: Yacht race

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a person who overcame isolation and the elements and emerged triumphant.

Photo Credit: GoldenGlobeRaceRoute on Wikimedia

Some people forget, he thought. A bad thing happens to them and their mind sweeps in and buries the bad thing deep, and all that’s left is a stretch of white in their heads, like fresh snow. Looking at it—at them—you wouldn’t even know anything was trapped beneath.
Some people forget, but David remembered everything. –Warm Up by V.E. Schwab

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who can’t forget anything.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you wish you could forget.

Art Prompt: Try to Forget

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how they can cope with painful memories.

Photo Credit: Bart on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 17, 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

Paivi presents 4 Social Tips for Improving Your Art posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Kez Shepherd presents Flakes in response to Prompt #4009 Medical Explanations for Mythic Creatures.

 

 

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal writing prompt 70: Midnight Magic posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Writing Tips

Priyanka Misra presents 10 Common Grammatical Errors and How to Avoid Them! posted at Digital Pubbing.

Ali Luke presents Choosing Viewpoint Characters: What’s Right for Your Story? posted at AliVentures.

CS Lakin presents A Look at 8 Key Male Archetypes for Your Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents How to Use Minimal Words for Maximum Impact: When Writing Short Blog Posts posted at Women on Writing.

Oren Ashkenazi presents Six Ways Flight Changes a Fantasy Setting posted at Mythcreants.

Jennifer Baruta presents How to Hook Readers with Nuanced Emotion posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jonathan Vars presents Six Important Elements of Dystopian Fiction posted at Novel Publicity.

Brooke Faulkner presents How To Combat Abrupt Writer’s Apathy posted at Paving My Author’s Road.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 3 Ways To Get Your Writing Back to: Awesome posted at Positive Writer.

Jodi presents CHARACTERS – THEN AND NOW posted at Pub Crawl.

Blogging

Neal Samudre presents How to Write Your First Viral Article in 30 Minutes or Less posted at Goins Writer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Creating Great Outlines.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about BookBub vs. Facebook, Pottermore, and Author Solutions.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Experimental Way to Deliver Books on the Indie Fiction Podcast.

The Business of Creativity

Katrina Archer presents Formatting Your Book With Scrivener posted at Fiction University.

Carol Tice presents 4 Easy Freelance Marketing Ideas for the Holidays posted at Make a Living Writing.

John Soares presents Secrets of Successful Meetings with Freelance Writing Clients posted at Productive Writer.

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!

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