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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 28, 2015. 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 The Workhorse and the Butterfly: Ann Patchett on Writing and Why Self-Forgiveness Is the Most Important Ingredient of Great Art posted at Brain Pickings.

Jon presents Excuses are like rabbits posted at Jon Acuff.

Lee Hammond presents Just One of Those Days, Confronting Artist’s Block posted at Artists Network.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents The Nightmare in Blue in response to Prompt #1473 Word of the Week – Jovial.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #17 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. -Anais Nin

Writing Tips

Amanda Patterson presents Why First Time Authors Don’t Write The Books They Want To Read posted at Writers Write.

Melissa Donovan presents Exploring Nonfiction Genres for Creative Writing posted at Writing Forward.

Lizzy Davey presents Why You Should Write With All the Senses… Except Sight posted at The Write Practice.

Jackie Johansen presents How to Create a Strong Emotional Response in Your Readers posted at Live Write Thrive.

Harrison Demchick presents Missed Connections: How Characterization Creates Chemistry posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Small Changes in Your Writing Process Can Lead to Big Results posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Should All Your Minor Characters Have Arcs? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents How Are You Telling Your Story?…Part 2: Voice and Narration posted at Amazing Stories.

Kimberly Brock presents The Jackass in My Head: Barnyard Lessons From a Rustic Writer’s Retreat posted at Writers in the Storm.

Nancy J. Cohen presents Religion in Mysteries posted at Kill Zone.

Charlie Jane Anders presents How To Raise The Stakes In Your Story Without Wrecking Your Characters posted at io9.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Tips for Writing a Film Review posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jeff Gerke presents Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule? posted at Jane Friedman.

Blogging

Dia T presents How Planning Helps Your Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Why Should My Characters Fail Spectacularly?.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Courage and the Creative Pursuit.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Sean Edward Whelan’s Architectural People posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Morning journal writing session posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Brian DeLeonard presents How to Market Your Self-Published Book posted at Mythic Scribes.

Cathy Yardley presents How To Create A Promotion Plan “Story” posted at Writer Unboxed.

ABI presents Tips for Taking Art Commissions posted at Arts Business Institute.

Joel Friedlander presents 10 Reasons Why You Should Interview Your Fellow Fiction Authors posted at The Book Designer.

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 July 26, 2015. 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 The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A): E.E. Cummings on What It Really Means to Be an Artist and His Little-Known Line Drawings posted at Brain Pickings.

Connie presents 10 Things I Learned From Baring My Soul posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #12 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. ~Yo-Yo Ma

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Essay Writing Ideas, Topics, and Publishing Tips posted at Writing Forward.

Marcy McKay presents What Your Favorite Books Tell You About Your Writing posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents A Novel Is Not A Sum Total of Its Parts posted at Live Write Thrive.

Ruth Kaufman presents Writing the Inspirational Historical: How Much is Too Much posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Choosing Which Thoughts to Italicize posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Why You Might Be Ruining Your Story’s Best Scenes posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World posted at Amazing Stories.

Benjamin Clayborne presents Stop Writing That Epic! Why New Writers Should Start Small posted at Mythic Scribes.

Stephanie Morrill presents 6 Things Blogging Taught Me About Writing Fiction posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mia Botha presents What To Do When All Your Characters Sound The Same posted at Writers Write.

Jo Linsdell presents Effective Tips to Work on Your Special Writing Style posted at Writers and Authors.

Mooderino presents Integrating Tone into Dialogue posted at Moody Writing.

Becca Puglisi presents Spellbind Your Readers With Realistic Magic posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Julia Reffner presents Writing In the Zone: How the Science of “Flow” Can Increase Our Creative Output posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Blogging

Eduard Ezeanu presents How To Build Your Credibility As An Expert While Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Sarah Fudin presents 10 Tips on How to Write the Perfect Blog Post posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Edie Melson presents Get Your Blog Found with Proper Labels & Tags posted at The Write Conversation.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hooking Younger Readers.

This week’s podcast at The Unmistakeable Creative is all about The Neuroscience of Storytelling with Lisa Cron.

This week’s podcast at Tiffany Han is all about Creativity as an Asset: Raise Your Hand Say Yes.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Writing with a Purpose with guest Heather Ashby.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Incredibly Small Origami by Anja Markiewicz posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Counting your many blessings: a wonderful exercise for bedtime or anytime posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Effy presents How To Begin posted at Effy Wild.

Chelle Stein presents How to Choose an Art Journal Notebook posted at Art Journalist.

The Business of Creativity

Jan O’Hara presents Should You Set Limits with Your Readers? posted at Writer Unboxed.

Hanna Sandvig presents How to Use Pinterest to Communicate with Your Cover Designer posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Joanna Penn presents How To Record Your Own Audiobooks For ACX posted at The Creative Penn.

Minh Nguyen presents 4 Ways to Survive When Freelance Blogging Becomes Sweatshop Blogging posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Jody presents How To Become an Amazingly Successful Author posted at Jody Hedlund.

Alexis Grant presents How One Author Earns $450,000 a Year Self-Publishing on Amazon posted at The Write Life.

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 July 19, 2015. 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 How to Work Through Difficulty: Lewis Carroll’s Three Tips for Overcoming Creative Block posted at Brain Pickings.

Carrie presents How to Numb Your Creativity posted at Artist Think.

Jackie Johansen presents 4 Ways to Turn Comparison into Powerful Creative Fuel posted at Positive Writer.

James Chartrand presents Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? posted at Men With Pens.

Tanner Christensen presents How to build your imagination posted at Creative Something.

Jo Malby presents 9 Ways to Make Peace with the Inner Critic posted at Inspire Portal.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Chemipedia presents Under the Bed in response to Prompt #908 First Line of the Week – Frederick Seidel.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #11 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The desire to create is of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. ~Elder Uchtdorf

Creativity Prompt

Kathryn Lilley presents Things Left Behind Suggest Stories posted at Kill Zone.

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Fiction Writing Exercises: Change the Tail posted at Writing Forward.

Emily Wenstrom presents 5 Key Elements for Successful Short Stories posted at The Write Practice.

Harrison Demchick presents What the Incredible Hulk Can Teach Us about Emotion in Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

Jen Scott presents The Long Journey to the Perfect Short Story posted at Live Write Thrive.

Helena Fairfax presents Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: How to Begin a Romance posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Kill What? What to Do When You Need to Cut a Major Part of Your Novel posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Why Your Character’s Goal Needs to Be 1 of These 5 Things posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Darren Slade presents To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’ posted at Amazing Stories.

Byron Quertermous presents Adjusting to Expectations After Publishing Your First Novel posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jill Williamson presents The Editorial Letter posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Classes of Noun/Verb Agreement posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Philip Overby presents Writing Without Pants – Does Outlining Kill Creativity? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu presents Historical Worldbuilding posted at Tor.

Jaime Wright presents How to Break Up With Your Book posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Kristen Lamb presents 5 Ways to KILL a Perfectly Good Story posted at Warrior Writers.

Mooderino presents Stronger Emotions Through Melodrama posted at Moody Writing.

Donna Radley presents Howdy Ma’am: Three Ways To Introduce Your Characters In The First Few Lines posted at Writers Write.

Heather Webb presents The Best & Worst Writing Advice posted at Writers in the Storm.

Lauren presents How to Juggle Multiple Clients Without Dropping Them posted at A Writer’s Bucket List.

Blogging

Mr Self Development presents 8 Amazing Blogging Lessons from Albert Einstein posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Can You Tell Me How To Show?.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Genre Hopping, Co-Writers and More with Aiden James.

This week’s podcast at While She Naps is all about Lilla Rodgers and Lisa Congdon.

This week’s podcast at Upgrade Your Story is all about Interview with Editor and Marketing Genius Jane Friedman.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Switch Your Routine for Ours: Posters Made from TVs, Video Games, and Computers for Companhia Athletica Gyms posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What are you for? A coffee time journal exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Effy presents All Of Me – An Ode To The Journal posted at Effy Wild.

The Business of Creativity

Jill Bennett presents 3 Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Carol Tice presents 3 Free Ways to Find Out What Editors Really Think posted at Make a Living Writing.

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 July 12, 2015. 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 What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address posted at Brain Pickings.

Miriam Schulman presents My Morning Routine posted at Schulman Art.

Thorin Klosowski presents Re-Read Old Notes to Spark New Ideas posted at Life Hacker.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Sunflowers posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer. - Margaret Atwood

Creativity Prompt

Editor presents Contagious metaphors: from Typhoid Mary to quarantine posted at Oxford Dictionaries.

Resources

Alicia de los Reyes presents Track Your Pitches: Use This Spreadsheet to Land More Online Writing Jobs posted at The Write Life.

Writing Tips

CS Lakin presents Building Your Novel with a Holistic Approach posted at Live Write Thrive.

Janice Hardy presents Stay Motivated With Writing Goals posted at Fiction University.

Steve Aedy presents Trouble With Your Latest Story? 10 Ways to Reinvent Your Writing Style posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Melissa Donovan presents Five Things I Learned in Creative Writing Class posted at Writing Forward.

Joe Bunting presents 7 Lies About Becoming a Writer That You Probably Believe posted at The Write Practice.

Donald Maass presents Stirring Higher Emotions posted at Writer Unboxed.

Mark Nichol presents Orwell’s Writing Rules Are Made to Be Broken posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Nathan Lauffer presents The Owls Are Not What They Seem – Expanding Minds with Loose Ends posted at Mythic Scribes.

Beth Ann Farley presents Tips for Finding the Right Writers Group for You posted at The Write Conversation.

Stephanie presents You Need The Struggle posted at Go Teen Writers.

Jodi presents Why It’s Perfectly Okay Not To Pursue Publication posted at Jodi Hedlund.

Mary presents The Eyes of A Character’s Soul posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Blogging

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 7 Tips to Keep the Blogging Fires Burning! posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Can You Tell Me How To Show?.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Find the Right Editor for Your Book – with Bryon Quertermous.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Audiobook launching with David H. Lawrence XVII.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Filtering Life Through Story: Interview with Donald Miller.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Safety, Censorship, and Our One-Year Anniversary.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Deborah Butterfield posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Ten evening/bed time journal writing prompts posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Diana Cosby presents Finding an Agent posted at Romance University.

Alastair Savage presents Self-publishing Odyssey: Part 3 The Dirty Business Of Promotion posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents 7 Inspiring Thoughts to Cure Your Newbie Writer Jitters posted at Make a Living Writing.

Matt Kaye presents What You Need to Know About Crowdfunded Publishing posted at Jane Friedman.

Rachel Weingarten presents Why shouldn’t you (or your concept) be on TV? posted at ASJA.

Joel Friedlander presents Your Author and Book Marketing Formula Starts with YOU posted at The Book Designer.

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 July 5, 2015. 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 Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art posted at Brain Pickings.

Tara presents What Does a Creatively Fulfilled Life Look Like? posted at Tara Leaver.

Katherine Brooks presents 19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity posted at Huffington Post.

Jodie Ohl presents Burning Question: What Inspires You? My Top Ten Ideas posted at Sweet Repeats.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #10 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are. -Emily Freeman

Creativity Prompt

Melissa Donovan presents Five Poetry Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Writing Tips

Martin White presents What Fantasy Writers Can Learn From Horror posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mark Nichol presents 8 Steps to More Concise Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Anna Elliott presents In Praise of Quitting posted at Writer Unboxed.

Blake Atwood presents Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Writers Need Editors posted at Live Write Thrive.

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta presents Why You Should Start Your Story with the End posted at The Write Practice.

PA DePaul presents Essential Elements of Writing Romantic Suspense posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Shhh! Three Things Silent Movies Can Teach us About Storytelling posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Story Concept and Story Premise: Do You Know the Crucial Difference? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Stephanie Morrill presents Three Ways To Build Characters That We Will Relate To, Love, and Cheer For posted at Go Teen Writers.

Amy Paturel presents Writing a Personal Essay: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid posted at The Write Life.

Mooderino presents Getting Characters Out of Work Mode posted at Moody Writing.

Anthony Ehlers presents The Truth About Memoirs — Six Ways To Write A Memoir posted at Writers Write.

Blogging

Edie Melson presents Where to Find Free Images Online to Use in Blogging & Social Media posted at The Write Conversation.

Bamboo Forest presents 6 Blogging Mistakes You Might Not Have Considered posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Stephen Campbell presents Is your Author Website Mobile Friendly? posted at The Author Biz.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project-in-Depth—Of Noble Family.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about How To Use Audio And Podcasting Effectively To Promote Your Book With Viv Oyolu.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Paper Sculptures by Vally Nomidou posted at This is Colossal.

Jessica Canterbury presents 8 Plein Air Painting Tips From Today’s Watercolor Pros posted at Artists Network.

Dovas presents 20 Creative Drawings Completed Using Everyday Objects By Christoph Niemann posted at Bored Panda.

Journaling

Caterina presents Art Journaling Tips posted at Caterina Giglio.

Debra presents Where or what do you want to be? A journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Jessica Stillman presents Can Just a Sentence a Day Make You Happier? posted at Inc..

The Business of Creativity

Carol Tice presents This Will Help You Solve the Freelance Writing Puzzle posted at Make a Living Writing.

Nina Munteanu presents The Indie Book Tidal Wave…What Does it Mean for Bookstores, Publishers & Writers? posted at Amazing Stories.

Joel Friedlander presents Dropcards for e-Books: Digital Downloads with a Difference posted at The Book Designer.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 5 Things You Must Know to Get Better Clients and Get Paid! posted at Pen and Prosper.

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 June 7, 2015. 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 Pearl S. Buck, the Youngest Woman to Receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, on Art, Writing and the Nature of Creativity posted at Brain Pickings.

Susan Shain presents 5 Ways to Start Living an Awesome Life Worth Writing About posted at Positive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1384 Visual Prompt of the Week – Girl with Flowers. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #6 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. -John Ruskin

Resources

Random journaling prompt from Journal CEO

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents Clarifying Thoughts: Revising Your Outlines to Make the Writing Easier posted at Fiction University.

Suzanne Johnson presents Writing Down the Holidays posted at Romance University.

Birgitte Rasine presents If You’re Not Writing Persuasively, You’re Not Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Kathryn Craft presents 5 Writing Lessons from a Vocal Coach posted at Writer Unboxed.

Simone Collins presents 15 Tips for Aspiring Writers from 5 Successful Authors posted at Live Write Thrive.

Melissa Donovan presents Internal and External Approaches to Creative Writing posted at Writing Forward.

Cody Amprim presents Killing Off Characters – Knowing When to Drop the Guillotine posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mark Nichol presents How to Indicate Unspoken and Indirect Discourse posted at Daily Write Tips.

Stephanie Morrill presents Knowing Your Characters Can Take A While posted at Go Teen Writers.

Dr. Chester Elijah Branch presents 4 Crucial Tips For Creating a Transmedia Story posted at PBS.

Blogging

Rob Rammuny presents 8 Critical Questions You Should Ask Yourself as a Blogger posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Controversy, Trends and a BookBub Competitor.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What if you don’t know what you want? A journal writing session. posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Claire de Boer presents Lean. Love. Learn. posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Chrys Fey presents How to Write an Author Bio posted at Write with Fey.

Cedar Sanderson presents Writing Blurbs posted at Amazing Stories.

Warrren Adler presents How to Choose a Book Title That’s Perfect for Your Story AND Good Marketing! posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Carol Tice presents How I Found a Steady Stream of Writing Clients in 9 Months Flat posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jodi presents The In’s and Out’s of Creating a Launch Team for a Book Release posted at Jodi Hedlund.

Jamie Thomson presents Why ‘No’ Is the Most Powerful Word in a Freelancer’s Vocabulary posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

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 May 31, 2015. 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 The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Jo presents 7-Step Process to Align Body, Mind and Soul for Optimum Creativity posted at Inspire Portal.

Jory Mackay presents Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing posted at Life Hacker.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #5 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. - Madeleine L’Engle

Writing Tips

A. Howitt presents Medieval Archery for Fantasy Writers posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Tips to Balance Parallel Sentence Structure posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Lynnette Bonner presents The Power of the Senses: How to Fire Up Any Story Description posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Monica M. Clark presents Is Third-Person the Right Point of View for You? posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents Motifs for Cohesion and Depth posted at Live Write Thrive.

Donald Maas presents Plotting the Non-Plot-Driven Novel posted at Writer Unboxed.

Melissa Donovan presents Music-Inspired Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Patrick Ross presents Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing — Part Three posted at The Artist’s Road.

Elizabeth presents Tension & Pacing in Your Fiction posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Structuring Phase–The Second Stage of Building a Book posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Marcy McKay presents 3 Super Easy Tricks to Empower Your Writing posted at Positive Writer.

Laura Backes presents How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids posted at Jane Friedman.

Stephanie Morrill presents How To Build A Rich Setting For A Contemporary Story posted at Go Teen Writers.

Ilana C Myer presents Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed posted at Tor.

Mooderino presents Tricks of the Trade 3: Electric Writing posted at Moody Writing.

Blogging

Carol Frome presents What Bloggers Can Learn from Click and Clack: The Element of Surprise posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Beginnings.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about KDP Ads, ISBNs and Author Value.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Networking and Author Landing Pages with Matt Gartland.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Overwhelmed As An Author? How To Work With Virtual Assistants With Chris Ducker.

Visual Arts

ABI presents Is Your Work Collectible? posted at Arts Business Institute.

Christopher Jobson presents Brooding Seascapes and Marine Vessels Painted by Justyna Kopania posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Three things to write about at bedtime to get a good night sleep posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Nina Munteanu presents Surfing The Hybrid Wave of Publishing posted at Amazing Stories.

Dario Ciriello presents Bad Reviews, or How to Hide the Bodies posted at Fiction University.

Pat Haggerty presents Publishing From Scrivener to Kindle posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents So, What Exactly Does a Successful Freelance Writer DO? posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jo Linsdell presents Does Your Facebook Author Page Have a Call To Action? posted at Writers and Authors.

Miriam Schulman presents 7 Email Marketing Tips for artists posted at Schulman Art.

Lauren R. Tharp presents 30 Writing + Freelancing Questions from My Mailbag (Part 2) posted at Little Zotz Writing.

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 May 3, 2015. 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

Mary Carroll Moore presents A Letter to Your Inner Critic: How to Stop the Invisible Sabotage to Your Creativity posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Jo presents Creative Overwhelm: Slowing Down and Finding Stillness in a Busy World posted at Inspire Portal.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Winona responded to Prompt #1343 First Impressions in the comments.

Check out Joyce‘s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1350 How Killers Use Social Media. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life #2 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents Use Archetypes to Create Literary Characters posted at Daily Writing Tips.

KM Weiland presents What if Your Story Has No Character Arc? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Kiki Sullivan presents Why and How to Outline posted at Fiction University.

Handsome Hansel presents Sex Is Not Romantic…Or So I’ve Been Told posted at Romance University.

Joe Bunting presents 3 Tips to “Show, Don’t Tell” Emotions and Moods posted at The Write Practice.

Keith Cronin presents The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief posted at Writer Unboxed.

CS Lakin presents How Writers Develop a Unique Style All Their Own posted at Live Write Thrive.

Maria Popova presents Voltaire on How to Write Well and Stay True to Your Creative Vision posted at Brain Pickings.

Tamara Girardi presents Write What You’re Willing To Learn posted at Writing Forward.

Duncan McGeary presents Setting Stories in My Own Backyard posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mooderino presents Writing Issues posted at Moody Writing.

Angela Ackerman presents The Art of Story: When Telling Trumps Showing posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Larry Brooks presents Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You posted at Story Fix.

Elizabeth presents Yanking Readers Out of a Story posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Chuck Wendig presents Story Shapes: Four Ways to Think About Narrative Architecture posted at Terrible Minds.

Christine Frazier presents Peeta’s Top 10 Tips for YA Romance posted at Better Novel Project.

Blogging

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Why Your Blog’s “About Me” Page Should be Like a First Date! posted at Pen & Prosper.

Bamboo Forest presents 3 Crucial Elements of Well-Written Blog Posts posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Where is My Story Going?.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about How to Find the Right Agent for your Book – With Anne Hawkins.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Diversification, Silver Linings and the Future.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Self-Publishing Goals for 2015.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Game Changing Technology For Self Publishing Children’s Picture Books With Laura Backes.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Pep Talk is all about Do Less More Better.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Creating in Chaos: Making Art Amidst a Mess .

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about How Do You Define Excellence?.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Dreamlike Scenes from Inside JeeYoung Lee’s Tiny Art Studio posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents These Things Warm Me… tonight’s journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Chrys Fey presents How to Handle Rejection posted at Write with Fey.

Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams presents Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts posted at SFWA.

Alistair Savage presents Self-publishing Odyssey: Part 1 The Decision posted at Amazing Stories.

Amy Dunn Moscoso presents One Shy Writer’s Lazy LinkedIn Strategy for Landing Great Freelance Clients posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jody presents Do Writers REALLY Need to Use Social Media Anymore? posted at Jody Hedlund.

Steff Green presents The Book Launch Strategy that Creates a Win posted at Men with Pens.

Harry Bingham presents Why Authors Walk Away From Good, Big 5 Publishers posted at Jane Friedman.

Lauren R. Tharp presents 30 Writing + Freelancing Questions from My Mailbag (Part 1) posted at Little Zotz Writing.

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 April 26, 2015. 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 Creative Value of Staying Loose: MacArthur Geniuses on the Art of “Connected Irrelevance” posted at Brain Pickings.

Jen presents Overcoming fear in the creative process posted at Journal Wild.

Carrie presents Are You Responsible for Your Art? Intuition, Faith and Creative Process posted at Artist Think.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents This is Real Life posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint. -Pablo Picasso

Writing Tips

David Corbett presents Justifying Evil posted at Writer Unboxed.

Joe Bunting presents 3 Reasons You Should Write Ghost Stories posted at The Write Practice.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins presents 5 Tips for Plotting a Mystery posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Crafting Pathways in Your Book: Internal Conflict, External Conflict, and How They Form a Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

CS Lakin presents Important Considerations When Developing Your Writing Style posted at Live Write Thrive.

Jacob Gralnick presents The Power of Symbolism posted at Mythic Scribes.

Carol Tice presents Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference? posted at Making a Living Writing.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jody Hedlund presents How to Handle Bad Book Reviews posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mooderino presents Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings posted at Moody Writing.

Roz Morris presents How to Tell If Back Story Is Sabotaging Your Novel posted at Jane Friedman.

Larry Brooks presents The New World of Publishing posted at Story Fix.

Anthony Metivier presents 13 Reasons Why I Love James Patterson – And You Should Too posted at Writers’ Village.

Jo presents Free-writing: The Secret of All Successful Writers posted at Inspire Portal.

Brian McClellan presents How Star Wars Helped Me Finish My First Epic Fantasy Trilogy posted at Tor.com.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Story structure Q&A, with Special Guest Wesley Chu.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Discoverability, with Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Serial, Macmillan and Rights.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Self-Publishing Predictions for 2015.

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about Steven Pressfield on The War of Art.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Precarious Bridges and Towers of Balanced Rocks by Michael Grab posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What puts a smile on your face? A fun list for your journal writing posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Jo Ann Fore presents Why We Need to Write Where it Hurts posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Chrys Fey presents Blurbs, excerpts, taglines and loglines posted at Write with Fey.

Febap Liew presents 15 Tips For Those Who Want to Make Money Online posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Michael J. Sullivan presents It’s Not About the Money…It’s About the Contract, Timing, and Price posted at Amazing Stories.

Sonali Dev presents Making Marketing Choices That Work For You posted at Romance University.

James Chartrand presents How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer posted at Men with Pens.

Elizabeth presents Working With a Cover Designer: Time-Saving Techniques posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Martina Boone presents 10 Editorial Steps From the Agent “Call” to Published Book posted at Writers Helping Writers .

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Telling and Selling Your Success Stories Successfully posted at Pen & Prosper.

ABI presents Want Some Press? Avoid These 8 Mistakes posted at Arts Business Institute.

Linda Formichelli presents How One Freelance Writer Lined Up $29,700 Worth of Gigs in One Month by Committing posted at The Renegade Writer.

Jodi Ohl presents The Burning Question: How do I Market My Work Article 1 aka Don’t Put The Cart Before The Horse posted at Sweet Repeats.

Joanna Penn presents How To Grow Your Fiction Email List Subscribers. My Own Case Study posted at The Creative Penn.

Jeff Goins presents Why Most Authors Get Book Launches Wrong & What We Can Learn posted at Goins, 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 April 5, 2015. 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 am allowed to start using my arm for typing now, but it is slow and painful. I’ll be posting on as “as able” schedule for the next month or so while the shoulder break continues to heal.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Jazz Legend Bill Evans on the Creative Process, Self-Teaching, and Balancing Clarity with Spontaneity in Problem-Solving posted at Brain Pickings.

Gregory Ciotti presents The Under-Appreciated Benefits of Creative Consistency posted at Lifehacker.

Carrie presents How To Take New Risks In Your Creative Practice posted at Artist Think.

Eric presents Permission and Initiative posted at Journal Fodder Junkies.

Jane presents 10 Resolutions for a Saner Internet—and Life posted at Jane Friedman.

Tom Jacobs presents To Heighten Creativity, Take a Good Look at Your Selves posted at Pacific Standard.

Petrea Hansen Adamidis presents Embracing Your Creative Self posted at Art Therapist.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1321 Visual Prompt of the Week – Ta Da!. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Sharing Our Work

Eula Macleod presents January Shmanuary posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents 2015 Word of the Year posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is tuned on.  — Louis L’Amour

Resources

Colors Palette Generator.

Writing Tips

Chrys Fey presents How to Get Publishing Credentials posted at Write with Fey.

Joanna Penn presents BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors posted at The Creative Penn.

Anise Rae presents Chemistry on the Page: A Romance Writer’s Guide to the Science That Leads Our Characters to the Big Bang posted at Romance University.

Jan O’Hara presents Deconstructing Micro-Tension posted at Writer Unboxed.

Dario Ciriello presents Blessing Or Curse? The Modern Writer’s Dilemma posted at Fiction University.

Bryan Collins presents The Only Four Types Of Writing That Count (And How to Ace Each One) posted at Writing Forward.

Helga Schier presents Readers Hate Clichés. Except When They Don’t. posted at The ASJA Word.

CS Lakin presents What Voice Really Is in a Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

Matt Herron presents A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure posted at The Write Practice.

Tristan Gregory presents Know the Rules. Understand the Rules. Break the Rules. posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mark Nichol presents How to Start a Writing Group posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Teaching Yourself to Write Better Dialogue: Three Steps That Will Make All the Difference posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Angela Ackerman presents Personality Traits: Building a Balanced Character posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Jo presents Henry Miller’s 11 Tips To Writing Well posted at Inspired Portal.

Elizabeth presents Tracking Trivia by Using a Series Bible posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Christine Frazier presents How to Transition to Your Story’s Climax with a Gatekeeper posted at Better Novel Project.

Natasa Lekic presents The Agony of Early Drafts – Should YOU Keep Writing? (Good Question) posted at Positive Writer.

Moody presents Tricks of the Trade 1: The Plant posted at Moody Writing.

Lauren Davis presents 10 Rules For Making Better Fantasy Maps posted at io9.

Lisa Tener presents Meet Your Muse: Every Writer’s Best Friend posted at Writing Forward.

Leanne Regalla presents Six Top Ways To Find Your Perfect Writing Mentor posted at Writers Village.

Art Holcomb presents The Holy Trinity of Character: Goals, Obstacles and Stakes posted at Story Fix.

Sydney presents To Be A Writer, You Have To Feel (Something) Without Worrying About It Being Wrong posted at Sydney Scrogham.

Laraine Herring presents The Baby Story Monkey posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Blogging

Petteri Ollila presents 4 Amazing Tips for Overcoming a Writer’s Block posted at Daily Blog Tips.

James Chartrand presents The Truth about Content-Writing Mastery posted at Men with Pens.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A with the I Ching.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Optimize for Amazon with Guest Emilee Annine Moeller.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Ghostwriting, Subscriptions and Indie Pulp.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Stay Motivated and Produce.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Look at Me: Getting Your Work the Attention it Deserves .

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about Your Intended Audience.

This week’s podcast at Illustration Age is all about 10 Ways to Grow Your Commercial Art Practice.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Ancient Trees: Beth Moon’s 14-Year Quest to Photograph the World’s Most Majestic Trees posted at This is Colossal.

Päivi Eerola presents The Power of Positive Self-Criticism in Art posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Caylee presents 70 Ways to Produce More Than You Consume posted at Caylee Grey.

Tara presents 4 fun ways to use a reference image to personalise your art posted at Tara Leaver.

Journaling

Debra presents What are you looking forward to? a bedtime journal writing entry posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Kristal presents The Secret to {Art Journaling} Happiness posted at Kristal Norton.

Jen presents How journaling can change your life posted at Journal Wild.

Joanne Broder Sumerson presents The Art of Journaling posted at Psychology Today.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Generating Marketing Buzz posted at Amazing Stories.

Cam Jeffreys presents Is Crowdfunding for Authors a Good Idea? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Carol Tice presents Grow Your Writing Income Next Year by Making This Key Change Now posted at Make a Living Writing.

Shanan presents 6 Things You Need to Know About Publishing in 2015 posted at Procrastiwriter.

Emlyn Chand presents Why I Sometimes Write Negative Reviews & Why You Should Consider Doing the Same posted at Novel Publicity.

Jody presents Do Agents Still Hold the Gatekeeper Key to Getting Published? posted at Jody Hedlund.

Amy Dunn Moscoso presents How a Chinese Fruit Vendor Taught Me to Negotiate Rocking Freelance Blogging Rates posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Nina Amir presents Avoid These 5 Mistakes If You Want to Become a Bestselling Author posted at The Book Ninja.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for the next Carnival of Creativity.