Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 4, 2018. 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.

This Week on The Writing Reader

The Creative Mindset

Colleen M. Story presents How to Slow Time for More Relaxed, Creative Writing Sessions posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jody presents Should You Become a Writer? posted at Jody Hedlund.

Nicole Dieker presents #SquadGoals: Why Every Freelancer Needs a Writing Community posted at The Write Life.

Jeff Elkins presents 3 Essential Comments Every Writer Needs to Hear posted at The Write Practice.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Space Combat in response to Prompt #4059 Interstellar Embargo.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents Why Characters Need Choices in Fiction posted at Writers Helping Writers.

KM Weiland presents 16 Ways to Make Your Setting a Character in Its Own Right posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Robert Wood presents How To Avoid Writing A Mary Sue Protagonist posted at Standout Books.

Jami presents Story Tropes: Lazy or Helpful? posted at Jami Gold.

Anne presents 10 Reasons to Start an Author Blog: And Why It’s Easier than You Think posted at Anne R. Allen’s Blog.


Nina Amir presents Time Management Tips for Blogging Success posted at How to Blog a Book.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Raising the Stakes.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Werewolves.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Creating a Multi-Author Universe from Scratch with guest Martha Carr.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Using Cultural Shorthand and Established Patterns to Tell Better Stories.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about More Scams, Book Titles, and the Kindle Oasis.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Novelist Rob Palk – Getting an Agent.



Andy Mort presents HOW TO ADOPT THE POSITIVE HABIT OF JOURNALING posted at Positive Writer.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Luke presents Why Novel Series Are So Popular With Indie Authors … and Readers posted at AliVentures.

Joel Friedlander presents Optimum Book Length: the Long and Short of Page Count posted at BookWorks.

Frances Caballo presents Hashtags Just for Writers posted at Social Media Just for Authors.

Rachelle presents SO MANY IDEAS, SO LITTLE TIME posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Erika Liodice presents Why Do Some Writers Choose to Go ‘Indie’? posted at Writer Unboxed.

Kevin McNamara presents How Book Reviews Influence Book Sales 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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