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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 14, 2014. 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.

Announcements

I have a great giveaway this month, thanks to Deonna at C’est Magnifique Kits. Just look at this beautiful mixed media kit.

Cest Magnifique Mixed Media Kit

This kit is chock full of fabulous stuff. Here’s a complete list:

  • Heidi Swapp: Color Shine: Pink
  • Jacquard: Lumiere Metallic Paint: Citrine
  • American Crafts: Pop Microbeads: Leaf
  • Pink Paislee: Color Wash: Layered Cardstock Frames
  • Ranger: Dina Wakely: Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Sky
  • Prima: Color Bloom Spray Mist: Gilded
  • Studio Calico: Huey’s Masks: Bubbes Mask
  • Prima: Mini Sachet: Lakeside
  • Prima: Cabriole: Aqua
  • Kaisercraft: Storyteller: Collectables

A few of the items are partial packages, but let me tell you, I have one of these kits and it is way fun. I am going to be announcing the lucky winner in the first carnival of October. To win, you need to do two things:

  1. leave a comment on this post saying that you’d like to win the C’est Magnifique Mixed Media Kit, and
  2. promise to take a picture of what you make with it to share with Deonna.

The Creative Mindset

Ken presents Why Tolerance Attracts Creative People posted at Kenneth Lange.

Maria Popova presents How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow posted at Brain Pickings.

Jonathan Wai presents Seven Ways to Be More Curious posted at Psychology Today.

Carrie Brummer presents You Are Not Special posted at Artist Think.

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis B.A. Dip. A.T. RCAT presents Create a Happy World posted at Art Therapist.

Jo presents Enhance Your Curiosity, Creativity and Concentration with this Useful Acupressure Point posted at Inspire Portal.

Melissa Goodwin presents How to Teach Creativity Using a MOOC (by building it with friends you’ve never met in person) posted at The Creativity Collective.

Quinn presents Worry, the Creativity Killer posted at Quinn Creative.

Greg Beato presents How To Waste Time Properly: The right distractions boost creativity posted at Nautilus.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents 15 Things You Should Give Up to be Happy: Art Version posted at Balzer Designs.

Kate Leonard presents How to see creative potential in what you do posted at Illustration Friday.

Rudiano presents Why you should learn an instrument posted at Rethink Entrepreneur.

Thorin Klowsowski presents How to Find Your Creative Sweet Spot posted at LifeHacker.

Gail Brenner presents 5 Steps to Claiming Your Power by Taming Your Inner Critic posted at Pick the Brain.

Shane Snow presents How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work posted at 99u.

Creativity Quote of the Week

You have to create things that are truthful...I don't mean truthful with a big T,I mean just truthful to yourself... ~ Salomon Lighthelm

Photo Credit: Montserrat Menéndez on Flickr

Creativity Prompt

Allison presents Clootie Well posted at Atlas Obscura.

Sharing our Work

Eula presents Seeing Red posted at View from the Winepress.

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Your Character’s Toughest Moment posted at Write with Fey.

Craig Robertson presents Why Am I Still Writing? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kelly Diels presents Voice. The Beginning posted at Story Fix.

Brad Painting presents Using SCAMPER to Generate Article Ideas posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Susan Gray presents On Writing Science Fiction Theatre – part one posted at Amazing Stories.

Melissa Donovan presents Five Good Grammar Habits Every Writer Should Adopt posted at Writing Forward.

Jackie Johansen presents Doubt Is The Writer’s Troll (How To Defeat It!) posted at Positive Writer.

K.M. Weiland presents Is Your Story’s Voice Turning Away Readers? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jodie Renner presents Do You Make These Three Big Mistakes With Dialogue? posted at Writers Village.

Lauren presents The Sticky Spot For Writers: Writing Those Pesky Transition Scenes posted at Lauren Sapala.

Marcy Kennedy presents Self-Published Book Awards: Are They Right for You? posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Writing Strong Transitions: Scene to Scene, Chapter to Chapter, How to Keep Your Reader Turning the Page posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Emily Wentstrom presents 3 Things You Need to Know Before Drafting a New Story posted at The Write Practice.

Joanna Penn presents Editing And The Writing Craft. Tips From An Editor posted at The Creative Penn.

CS Lakin presents Nailing Genre by Studying Successful Authors posted at Live Write Thrive.

Tom Pollock presents Writing Around a Day Job posted at Terrible Minds.

Mooderino presents Interesting Characters: You are what you eat posted at Moody Writing.

Elizabeth presents Your Novel’s Language: How Can You Beat the Blah? posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Chad R. Allen presents If You Stop Writing Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later posted at Goins Writer.

Editors presents Writer: When Copying Is Good For Your Career posted at Writer’s Relief.

Suzanne Kamata presents 5 Reasons Novelists Should Write and Publish Short Stories posted at Writer’s Digest.

Blogging

Editors presents The 8 Golden Rules For Blogging Without Being Obnoxious posted at Web Design Relief.

Chitraparna Sinha presents 12 Writing and Grammar Tips for Bloggers posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Training a Critique Group.

Videos

Visual Arts

Deanne presents Time to Get Back to Work posted at Deanne Olguin Williamson.

Christopher Jobson presents Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Jen presents The morning pages posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Debra presents What is one of your proudest achievements? A journal writing session posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Dale presents Stuck? posted at Dale Ann Potter.

Garrett Coan presents Use a Journal For Self-Discovery and Self-Expression posted at The Self-Improvement Blog.

Päivi Eerola presents Creativity Expressed: in Art Journaling posted at Peony and Parakeet.

The Business of Creativity

Anna Sugden presents No Pain, No Gain – Or Looking on the Bright Side of Rejection! posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents The Secret to Selling E-Books by the Boatload (Even if You’re Busy) posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jane Friedman presents How to Make Social Media Worth Your Time: When Is Enough Enough? posted at Writer Unboxed.

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

 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 7, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Legendary Songwriter Carole King on Inspiration vs. Perspiration and How to Overcome Creative Block posted at Brainpickings.

Melissa Goodwin presents The Wild Mind posted at Creativity Collective.

Ken presents 3 Ways Creative People Outsmart the Inner Critic posted at Kenneth Lange.

Carrie Brummer presents Finding Your Creative Flow posted at Artist Think.

Kevan Lee presents What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20 posted at Buffer.

Seth Apter presents All Sorts of People posted at The Altered Page.

Kate Leonard presents Finding where you left your inspiration posted at Illustration Friday.

Writing Quote of the Week

Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet. -W. B. Yeats

Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD on Flickr

Creativity Prompt

De Profundis presents The Ghost City of Monterano posted at Atlas Obscura.

Editors presents Top 10 Most Haunting Abandones Places on Earth posted at Dynamic Facts.

Resources

Larry Brooks provides a free Powerpoint entitled Story on Steroids from a workshop he did for Writer’s Digest. This link is about halfway down in the article.

Sharing Our Work

Emi Bauer presents 5,000 Miles Later posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Eula McLeod presents Hope posted at View from the Winepress.

Suzanne Millan presents Meet Mama K! posted at The Magic of Oak.

Writing Tips

Frank LaVoie presents Considering the Fantastical posted at Mythic Scribes.

Nina Munteanu presents Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can Stay In Your Story posted at Amazing Stories.

Bryan Hutchinson presents How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job posted at Positive Writer.

Melissa Donovan presents Creative Writing: Is It Fun or Is It Work? posted at Writing Forward.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Wedding posted at Write with Fey.

KM Weiland presents Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT! posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Rachelle Gardner presents 7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors posted at Books & Such.

John Yeoman presents Three Ways (Not) To Kill Your Story In Its Cradle posted at Writers Village.

Lauren presents 3 Reasons You Should Attend A Writers’ Conference posted at Lauren Sapala.

Janice Hardy presents Listen to Me: Putting Feedback to Good Use posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Pros and Cons of Feedback on Your Writing: Finding Out What You REALLY Need (and Getting It) posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Liz Bureman presents Negative Capability: Definition and Examples posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents The Nemesis Character Type in Your Story posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Virginia King presents Write What You DON’T Know (Part One) posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Mooderino presents Action Stations!!! posted at Moody Writing.

Jo presents 10 Travel-Inspired Storytelling Techniques posted at Inspire Portal.

About Shanan presents An Open Letter to Lazy Writers posted at The Procrastiwriter.

Hugh Ashton presents Proofreading from Hard Copy posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Anne Peterson presents What Writing a Book Could Cost You posted at Goins Writer.

Susan Shafer presents Writing a Children’s Book? Make It Predictable. posted at The ASJA Word.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents 50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing Instruction.

Videos

Visual Arts

Johnny Strategy presents Long Exposure Photos of Budapest Trams Lit Up with 30,000 LED Lights posted at This is Colossal.

Leon Pomeroy, PhD presents Discover Your Self Through Photography, Part 1 posted at Psychology Today.

Cherie Haas presents Canvas Schmanvas: The Art of Painting the Body posted at Artists Network.

Jenny Frith presents Art Tip #3 – How to Mind Map posted at Jenny’s Sketchbook.

Journaling

Jen presents Before you journal: setting intentions for the journey ahead posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Debra presents 15 Journal Writing Prompts posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Dale Ann presents Journaling, is it worth it? posted at Dale Ann Potter.

John Sledgianowski presents How I Wrote My Way through the Grief of Loss posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Taylor presents How to Fail: 25 Lessons Learned through Failure posted at Taylor Davidson.

Ali Luke presents Why Writers Should Fear Obscurity, Not Piracy posted at Ali Ventures.

Joanna Penn presents Author Entrepreneur. How To Sell Books And Products Direct To Customers posted at The Creative Penn.

Carol Tice presents For Writers Considering Self-Publishing: 8 Useful Posts posted at Make a Living Writing.

Margaret Dilloway presents Networking for Writers posted at Writer Unboxed.

Melanie Pinola presents The Freelancer’s Guide to Time Management posted at LifeHacker.

Karen Travis presents Why This Bestselling Author Decided To Start Self-Publishing posted at io9.

Quinn presents Time Is On Your Side–If You Put it There posted at Quinn Creative.

Linda and Diana presents Here’s Why Your Cook Article Ideas Aren’t Selling posted at The Renegade Writer.

Josh Haynam presents The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience posted at CopyBlogger.

John Soares presents When and How a Freelance Writer Should Hire Help posted at Productive Writers.

Spam of the Week

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 31, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From posted at Brain Pickings.

Lauren presents How To Radically Boost Your Creativity And Self-Esteem In 5 Minutes posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jo presents Creative Confidence: How to Believe in Yourself [and Your Art] posted at Inspire Portal.

Patrick Ross presents 7 Signs You Have a Creative Brain posted at The Artist’s Road.

Todd Henry presents How To Receive Negative Feedback posted at Accidental Creative.

Carrie Brummer presents How to Kill Curiosity posted at Artist Think.

Melissa Goodwin presents A Growth Mindset for Creativity posted at The Creativity Collective.

Rudiano presents 4 rules every creative should know posted at Rethink Entrepreneur.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Betrayal On Nottaway Hill posted at View from the Wine Press.

Kerin Gedge presents What is the Meaning of Aspine? posted at Vocabuverse.

Liz presents Playing Around with Stress posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies. ~Kate Chopin

Creativity Prompt

DoctorMoog42 presents The Gullah Heritage Trail posted at Atlas Obscura.

Resources

How to Write a Scene – free PDF download from John August

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents 10 Tips for Writing a Book posted at Writing Forward.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 3 Myths That Hold Your Best Writing Back posted at Positive Writer.

Chrys Fey presents Passive Voice Misconception posted at Write with Fey.

Lesley Smith presents Fantasy Cartography for Writers Part 1 and Part 2 posted at Amazing Stories.

Dennis Palumbo presents Enough: How Not to Over-Write posted at Psychology Today.

KM Weiland presents How to Write a Negative Character Arc, Pt. 2: The Second Act posted at Helping Writers Become Authors. (See Part 1 here.)

Rachelle Gardner presents 11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch posted at Books & Such.

Joe Bunting presents How to Become a Better Writer in One, Simple Step posted at The Write Practice.

Jennifer Blanchard presents The Value of ‘Pantsing’ posted at Story Fix.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 5 Ways to Put More GO Into Your Goal Setting! posted at The Procrastiwriter.

Ashley Carlson presents Using Life’s Hardships to Make You a Better Writer posted at Live Write Thrive.

Janice Hardy presents Deep POV is Not the Only POV posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Raise the Emotional Stakes: Strengthening Alchemy between Setting, Character, and Conflict posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Moderino presents Rewriting: Longer, Faster, Harder posted at Moody Writing.

Joanna Penn presents Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014 posted at Creative Penn.

Sarah presents When you fall down, break your routine, or stop writing: notes on re-starting posted at It Starts With.

Marilyn Brant presents Creativity, Writing, and the Ever-Changing Face of Publishing posted at Romance University.

Anna Kashina presents Five Things I Learned Writing the Guild of Assasins posted at Terrible Minds.

Jan O’Hara presents C-c-considering Cadence: Understanding One Quality of Voice posted at Writer Unboxed.

Jack Heckel presents Fairytale’s Most Wanted: The Five Most Well-Known Character Types posted at Tor.

Selah Janel presents Writing What You Know When There’s No Way to ‘Know’ It posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents How NOT to Ask for Sponsorship or Advertising: 6 Deadly Mistakes posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Nicole Miller presents 32 Web Writing Tips posted at Buffer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about What to Do When You Disagree with Your Editor.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards posted at This is Colossal.

Päivi Eerola presents How to Trust Yourself when Creating Art posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Katherine Brooks presents 9 Art Techniques That Anyone Can Do To Jumpstart Creativity posted at Huffington Post.

Chelle presents 16 Art Journal Prompt Ideas for Music Lovers posted at Art Journalist.

Kathleen Johnson Rogers presents 25 Amazing Art Journal Theme Ideas posted at Woke Up With Ideas.

Lee Hammond presents When You’ve Hit The Artistic Wall: Frustration and Creativity posted at Artists Network.

Journaling

Debra presents What is working in your life and what is not? posted at Warm Milk Journal.

Jen presents Showing up at the page each day posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Jeff Goins presents How a Daily Writing Habit Makes You a Better Person posted at Goins Writer.

Jessica Stillman presents Why It’s Worth Making Time for This Lengthy Morning Ritual posted at Inc..

Claire de Boer presents 10 Ways to Ease Depression with Only Your Pen posted at The Gift of Writing.

Lisa presents collecting poetic wisdom for your journal posted at Lisa Sonora.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Luke presents Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career posted at Aliventures.

Renee Vaughn presents Six Provocative Ways To Become A ‘Real’ Writer posted at Writers Village.

Rae Francouer presents Write Tweets People Read posted at ASJA Word.

Carol Tice presents 140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014 posted at Make a Living Writing.

Lorraine Mace presents Talking Up Sales posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Zac Johnson presents Facebook Contest Apps – How to Easily Create Facebook Contests posted at Blogging Tips.

Frances Caballo presents Marketing Advice from a Publishing Pro: Jane Friedman Shares Her Best Tips posted at Social Media Just For Writers.

Linda Formichelli presents How to Earn $250 Per Hour As a Freelance Writer posted at CopyBlogger.

Spam of the Week

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 24, 2014. 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

Sarah presents Are you in love with the product? Or the process? posted at It Starts With.

Patrick Ross presents 5 Creativity Lessons from Hall of Fame Inventors posted at The Artist’s Road.

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis presents Getting Past Creative Road Blocks posted at Art Therapist.

Steven presents The Sphere of Self-Reinforcement posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Creativity Quote of the Week

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” ~ Martha Graham

Creativity Prompt

Eric Grundhauser presents Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees posted at Atlas Obscura.

Resources

Write and Sell Your Damn Book – a free ecourse.

Writing Tips

K Ceres Wright presents Stuck for a Story Idea? Go Old School. As in Old Testament. posted at Amazing Stories.

Maria Popova presents C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Angie Dixon presents The One Thing You MUST Be Confident About (Your Writing) posted at Positive Writer.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Write a Query Letter for a Literary Agent in Traditional Publishing posted at Writing Forward.

KM Weiland presents Do You Know the Answer to Your Story’s Most Important Question? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jonathan Gunson presents 10 Key Questions That Can Determine Your Success As A Writer posted at Bestseller Labs.

Larry Brooks presents The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists posted at Story Fix.

Ashley Capes presents Soft’ Magic Systems Still Have a Place posted at Mythic Scribes.

Joe presents Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters posted at The Write Practice.

Linda George presents Five Ways to Make Good Writing Great posted at Romance University.

Renee Vaughn presents Six Provocative Ways To Become A ‘Real’ Writer posted at Writer’s Village.

Joe Fassler presents Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences posted at The Atlantic.

Brooke presents Writing When No One Is Listening posted at Warner Coaching.

Chrys Fey presents Eliminate Redundancies posted at Write with Fey.

Steven Goldsberry presents 17 Writing Secrets posted at Writer’s Digest.

Ali Luke presents Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You posted at Aliventures.

Ray Edwards presents 7 “Tricks” to Improve Your Writing Overnight posted at Michael Hyatt.

CS Lakin presents The Cast of Characters in a Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

Lauren presents How To Build A Kick Ass Writing Group posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jo Malby presents 8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Writing and Write [Even if You Don't Feel Like It] posted at Inspire Portal.

Susan Dennard presents How I Stay Motivated During the Tough Times posted at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Emotional Gateways–How They Help You Write and Revise Your Book posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Angela Ackerman presents 3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper With…Anger? posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Mooderino presents Don’t Overstuff Your Verbs: Unpack posted at Moody Writing.

Bill Ferris presents The Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs posted at Writer Unboxed.

Blogging

Osheta Moore presents The Power to Write New Stories posted at The Gift of Writing.

About Shanahan presents Perfecting the Art of Writing Quickly: 5 Tips posted at The ProcrastiWriter.

Jon Morrow presents 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer posted at Boost Blog Traffic.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Science Fiction as Science Education.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal posted at This is Colossal.

Dudley presents Four Seasons in one day…. posted at Dudley Redhead.

Richard presents Playing the Painting Game | What to Do When You’re Striking Out posted at Artists Network.

Journaling

Jen presents Choosing your journal posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Debra presents Journal Writing: the benefits of keeping different kinds of journals posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Heather presents 10 journal writing tips that will help you connect more deeply with yourself posted at Heather Plett.

Editor presents 5 Unusual Ideas for Your Next Journal posted at End Papers.

The Business of Creativity

Lela Davidson presents Promote Your Writing On Facebook posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jessica Stillman presents Should You Turn Your Hobby Into a Business? 5 Questions to Ask posted at Inc..

Carol Tice presents How I Became a More Productive Writer by Doing This One, Simple Thing posted at Make a Living Writing.

Chuck Wendig presents Why You Should Act as Your Own Author-Publisher (At Least Once) posted at Terrible Minds.

James presents Haters and Critics: How to Deal with People Judging You and Your Work posted at James Clear.

Marya Jan presents How To Make Sure Your Ebook Will Sell Before You Write a Single Word posted at Writing Happiness.

Joanna Penn presents How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered posted at The Creative Penn.

Megy Karydes presents Easy Ways to Market Yourself posted at The ASJA Word.

Linda and Diana presents How to be Freaking Epic as a Freelance Writer posted at The Renegade Writer.

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

 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 17, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists posted at Brain Pickings.

Polly Campbell presents Boredom and Other Ways to Get Creative posted at Psychology Today.

Alan Henry presents Why Great Ideas Always Come In the Shower (and How to Harness Them) posted at LifeHacker.

Editor presents Can fiction stories make us more empathetic? posted at Science Daily.

Writing Quote of the Week

You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing. -Shonda Rimes

Resources

The Random Art Prompt Generator.

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Fiction Writing Prompts for the Young Adult (YA) Genre posted at Writing Forward.

Jonathan Gunson presents Growing Readership By “Lighting Up Your Writing” posted at Bestseller Labs.

Larry Brooks presents A Better Way to Open Your Novel posted at Story Fix.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 31: One-Dimensional Conflict posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Charlie Jane Anders presents Charles Yu’s Insanely Helpful Advice On “Getting Stuck” While Writing posted at io9.

Ali Hale presents Creating Compelling Characters posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Matthew R. Bishop presents Absolutism vs. Ambiguity in Fantasy posted at Mythic Scribes.

Alison presents 6 Tips on Creating Characters for Readers posted at Writing My Truth.

Steven presents A Map to the Secret World posted at Steven M. Long.

Chrys Fey presents Utilize the Dark posted at Write with Fey.

Blogging

Bryan Hutchinson presents Are You Making This Fatal Blogging Mistake? posted at Positive Writer.

Daniel Scocco presents The Art of Writing Catchy Articles: 11 Simple Tips posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Ken presents How to Blog Like a Scientist posted at Kenneth Lange.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Microcasting.

Videos

Visual Arts

Kate Leonard presents Making the most of your sketchbooks posted at Illustration Friday.

Christopher Jobson presents New Technological Mandalas and Wrapped Books Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components posted at This is Colossal.

Richard presents The Importance of Art Critiques | 4 Tips for Receiving Feedback posted at Artists Network.

Kelly presents Trust the Process posted at Kelly Kilmer.

Journaling

Tammy presents The Daily Paper Prompts: Index posted at Daisy Yellow.

Jen presents Why journal? It might just save your life posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Debra presents Journal writing and blogging is good for our health! posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Päivi presents Illustrating Poems in Art Journaling posted at Peony and Parakeet.

The Business of Creativity

Felicity Savage presents Marketing As A Metafictional Tool: Harnessing the Power of Misdirection posted at Amazing Stories.

Howard Polskin presents How to Write a Nonfiction E-Book Single Best-Seller posted at Huffington Post.

Peter presents Leveraging Your Book and Platform Strategically posted at Thought Leadership Leverage.

Thanks to Elné for the background texture for this week’s quote.

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

 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 10, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Dani Shapiro on Vulnerability, the Creative Impulse, the Writing Life, and How to Live with Presence posted at Brain Pickings.

Ken presents Are Deadlines Bad for Creative Work? posted at Kenneth Lange.

Art Quote of the Week

When things go wrong, this is what you should do. Make good art. –Neil Gaiman
Thank you to Elné for the background for this week’s quote.

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents How to Create a Heroine of Steel posted at Write with Fey.

Douglas Smith presents Cool Stuff That Might Happen (or Not): Awards, Best of Anthologies, Movies posted at Amazing Stories.

Gemma Hawdon presents 13 Ways How Writers Can Survive The Dreaded Waiting Stage posted at Postive Writer.

Melissa Donovan presents Borrowing, Stealing, and Building Upon Other People’s Writing Ideas posted at Writing Forward.

K.M. Weiland presents How to Tell if Your Protagonist Needs a Better Goal posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jeffrey Davis, M.A. presents How to Live the Brave Story You Must Write posted at Psychology Today.

Michael Cairns presents Is Single-Genre Fiction Outdated? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jonathan Gunson presents On Writing And The Fear Of Being True To Yourself posted at Bestseller Labs.

PaperBlanks presents Why Write? 10 Great Reasons from the Pros posted at End Papers.

Jennifer Blanchard presents Hint to Writers: Use the Thesaurus with Caution posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Linda and Diana presents If You Don’t Read Magazines, Don’t Try to Write for Them posted at The Renegade Writer.

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Tips And Tricks For Creating Memorable Characters posted at io9.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents Your Most Popular Stuff Must Go On Mondays posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Adjusting Character Proactivity.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Work by Faith47 on the Streets of London and Cape Town posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents A Journal Exercise: What is Possible? posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Editor presents Expressive writing may help breast cancer survivors posted at Science Daily.

Chelle presents List Love: 101 List Prompts For Your Art Journals posted at Art Journalist.

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

 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 3, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups posted at Brain Pickings.

Melissa Donovan presents Ten Myths About Creativity posted at Writing Forward.

Jen presents How do you use your creative energy? posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Shawn Blanc presents Fighting to Stay Creative posted at Shawn Blanc.

Joshua Wolf Shenk presents The Power of Two posted at The Atlantic.

Ken presents The Explorative Nature of Creative Work posted at Kenneth Lange.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~Pablo Picasso
Thanks to Rob de Vries for the background.

Writing Tips

Diana Thurbon presents 20 Tips For Winning Writing Contests posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chris Gerwel presents The Challenge of Espionage in Speculative Fiction posted at Amazing Stories.

Andy Mort presents Is Paranoia Preventing YOU From Finding Success as a Writer? posted at Positive Writer.

Anne Marie Gazzolo presents 5 Ways to Build Stronger Characters posted at Mythic Scribes.

K.M. Weiland presents Why Every Story You Write Is a Guaranteed Failure posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Larry Brooks presents Getting Published: Is Your Story Idea Strong Enough? posted at Story Fix.

Kristin Hultgren presents Older Adults: 8 Tips for Writing Your Life Story posted at Psychology Today.

Paper Blanks presents 3 Easy Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Writing Day posted at End Paper.

Jonathan Gunson presents The Secret Of How to Make Your Book Un-Put-Down-able posted at Bestseller Labs.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Critiquing “An Honest Death”.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Designer Alexandra Khitrova Discovers a New Career through Her Stunning Fantasy Concept Art posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Chantalle Gerber presents 101 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself Before It’s Too Late posted at Pick the Brain.

Debra presents What makes you feel triumphant? This evening’s journal writing exercise. posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Bethany Olsen presents In the Time We Have Left posted at The Gift of Writing.

Spam of the Week

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 27, 2014. 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.

Announcements

Kendra Kantor is offering a free 10 day journaling workshop from August 4 to August 15. Click the link to sign up!

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity posted at Brain Pickings.

Tara presents The 5 Es of creative ease posted at Tara Leaver.

Susan K. Perry, PhD presents Creativity Rocks When You Walk posted at Psychology Today.

Alena presents Art Transforms Life posted at Alena Hennesy.

Writing Quote of the Week

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. -Ernest Hemingway
Thanks to André Hernâni Meca on Flickr for the background.

Creativity Prompt

Quinn presents Creativity Prompts: July 19, 2014 posted at Quinn Creative.

Liza and Eric Grundhauser presents Kastania’s Cave posted at Atlas Obscura.

Leah Schnelback presents Fun with Outbreaks! posted at Tor.

Kevan Lee presents How Creative Hobbies Make Us Better at Basically Everything posted at Fast Company.

Resources

Larry Brooks presents a 7 part series on Characterization at Story Fix.

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Car Accident posted at Write with Fey.

Chris Gerwel presents Society, World-building, and Estrangement in Spy Fiction posted at Amazing Stories.

Bryan Hutchinson presents Invaluable Advice From Seth Godin Every Writer Needs to Read posted at Positive Writer.

Carol Jelen presents Why Authors Need to Talk to Their Readers posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Grace Robinson presents Names in Fantasy – 3 Ways to Invent Names for Characters and Creatures posted at Mythic Scribes.

Melissa Donovan presents Good Grammar and Bad Manners posted at Writing Forward.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents 5 Blogging Goals Worth Chasing After posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Debra presents A few things I have learned as a blogger… posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Critiquing A Fire in the Heavens.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches posted at This is Colossal.

Jen presents Connect with yourself every day posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Editor presents Patterns for Meditative Drawing posted at Strathmore Artist.

Journaling

Clair de Boer presents Discover the Healing Power of Writing Your Story posted at The Gift of Writing.

Miriam presents Art Journal List Idea: Alliteration Name Game posted at Schulman Art.

Paper Blanks presents Writing Wednesday: 15 Thought-Provoking Prompts for a New Journal posted at End Paper.

Tammy presents Art Journal Tangents & Tactics: The Series posted at Daisy Yellow.

Sharing Our Work

Ken presents Why Did The Industrial Age End? posted at Kenneth Lange.

Liz presents Book Review: The Process Server by LH Thomson posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

The Business of Creativity

Cherie Haas presents When Your Work is Used by Someone Else: Copyright and the Internet posted at Artists Network.

Spam of the Week

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 20, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Lynne Tillman on What to Say When People Ask You Why You Write or Make Art posted at Brain Pickings.

Kate Leonard presents Dealing with Your Creative Expectations posted at Illustration Friday.

Lindsay presents How do YOU make time for creativity? posted at The Frugal Crafter.

Art Quote of the Week

Art should take what is complex and render it simply. -Anna Deavere Smith

Thanks to Tanakawho on Flickr for this week’s background.

Creativity Prompt

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: Revenge Upon The Closet Monster posted at io9.

Quinn presents Saturday Prompts posted at Quinn Creative.

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Angels posted at Write with Fey.

Suzannah Windsor Freeman presents Is Your Writer’s Block Just An Excuse? posted at StoryFix.

Nina Munteanu presents On Writing: Moving From Prosaic to Spectacular posted at Amazing Stories.

Walter Rhein presents Focused Ambiguity: Using Metaphor in Fantasy Writing posted at Mythic Scribes.

Shanan Haislip presents 5 Things Rocky Taught Me About Writing Knockout Main Characters posted at Positive Writer.

Melissa Donovan presents From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Titles and Headlines posted at Writing Forward.

Belinda presents Outlining Part 2 posted at Belinda Bekkers.

Laura Hamby presents How to Personalize Your Revision Checklist posted at Daily Writing Tips.

KM Weiland presents 6 Ways to Outline Your Novel Faster posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Blogging

Steven Snell presents Keys to an Effective Idea Journal posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Demian Farnworth presents Master This Storytelling Technique to Create an Irresistible Content Series posted at CopyBlogger.

Irwin Lagman presents 8 Simple Ways to Create Great Content for Your Blog posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Critiquing Sixth of the Dusk Part 2.

This week’s podcast at Escape from Illustration Island is all about Creative Identity w/ Scott Hull.

Videos

Visual Arts

Seth Apter presents Seven Steps to Your Artist Voice posted at The Altered Page.

Christopher Jobson presents Flocks of Birds Laser Cut from Maps by Claire Brewster posted at This is Colossal.

Greg Ruth presents For Love or Money (And If You Do It Right, BOTH): Choosing a Career in Art posted at Tor.

Courtney Jordan presents Create a Painting On My First Try? Yes, Please! posted at Artist Daily.

Cherie Haas presents 10 Ways to Revive Your Studio Spirit When You’ve Hit a Brick Wall posted at Artists Network.

Miriam Schulman presents Art Journal Prompt: Who is important to you? posted at Schulman Art.

Journaling

Jen presents Listen to the little voice inside (despite the fear) posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Melanie Gillcrist presents What Happens When We Hold Our Words Hostage posted at The Gift of Writing.

Debra presents What do I love? A very fun journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Sharing Our Work

Ken presents 5 Simple Ways to Read More Books posted at Kenneth Lange.

Liz presents Book Review: The Process Server by LH Thomson posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Spam of the Week

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 13, 2014. 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

Maria Popova presents Picasso on Success and Why You Should Never Compromise in Your Art posted at Brain Pickings.

Tom Jacobs presents For Some, Worry Inspires Creativity posted at Pacific Standard.

Kate Leonard presents Balancing Your Creative Life posted at Illustration Friday.

Alisa presents The Art of Chasing a Dream posted at Alisa Burke.

Ken presents Why Read a Book Per Week? posted at Kenneth Lange.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Seth Grodin presents The artist who dances on the edge posted at Seth’s Blog.

Creativity Prompt

Lauren Davis presents 10 Feline Celebrities That Prove We Were Always Obsessed With Cats posted at io9.

Melissa Donovan presents Mysterious and Thrilling Fiction Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Eric Grundhauser presents Torre Bert Listening Station posted at Atlas Obscura.

Writing Tips

Tobias Buckell presents Arctic Rising: climate change and science fiction posted at Science in my Fiction.

Chrys Fey presents Use the Sixth Sense posted at Write with Fey.

Alison presents Why Every Writer NEEDS a Journal posted at Writing My Truth.

Charles A. Ray presents Dialogue Helps to Tell Your Story posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Bryan Hutchinson presents How to Embrace Your Fears to Create Your Best Work posted at Positive Writer.

Jeff Goins presents Why Everyone Should Write a Book posted at Goins Writer.

Alice Leiper presents Magical Creatures for Magical Worlds: Fairies posted at Mythic Scribes.

Larry Brooks presents Writing Advice: “The Lie,” and What it Really Means posted at Story Fix.

Belinda presents Outlining (Part 1) posted at Belinda Bekkers.

Thorin Klosowski presents How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing posted at LifeHacker.

Steven presents Storytelling in a Liar’s World posted at Steven M. Long.

Mary Pearson presents How Did You Come Up With That?: Bygone Worlds as Springboards to Fantasy posted at Tor.

Blogging

Katie presents The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day posted at CopyBlogger.

Daniel Scocco presents 5 Blogging Traps You Need to Avoid posted at Daily Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Critiquing Sixth of Dusk Part 1.

This week’s podcast at Illustration Age is all about Workspaces.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The Subtractive Canvases and Street Art of Pejac posted at This is Colossal.

Lee Hammond presents Artwork (aka: Escapism) posted at Artists Network.

Tara presents 21 things to love about making art posted at Tara Leaver.

Jen presents Creativity: lover on the side or lover in the center? posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Miriam presents A page from my art journal on mindfulness posted at Schulman Art.

Journaling

Debra presents Three questions for our journals tonight posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Claire presents How Writing Heals Relationship Conflict posted at The Gift of Writing.

Lisa presents Recipe for Happiness posted at Lisa Sonora Beam.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Marketing 101: Authors and Reading Communities posted at Amazing Stories.

Rachel presents 10 Tips for New Etsy Sellers posted at The Crafted Life.

Linda and Diane presents I Reveal My 4 Greatest Screwups as a Freelance Writer posted at The Renegade Writer.

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