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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 4, 2016. 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

Ali Luke presents What if You’re Just Not Good Enough to be a Successful Writer? posted at Aliventures.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Writer’s Stress? Count the Ways You’ve Been Blessed posted at Pen & Prosper.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Unbuttoned posted at View from the Winepress.

Jena presents Dancing from Rădăuţi to Regina posted at Painting with Words.

Liz presents Loving My Instant Pot posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Resources

Marya Jan presents 9 Writing Books that Will Inspire You to Write — Today posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Writing Tips

Jill Williamson presents #WeWriteBooks, Post 15: Prologues posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Vee presents MC’s Pearl-A Treasure Every Reader Will Want posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Kristen Lamb presents Write About Inner Demons Without Boring the Reader into a Coma posted at Warrior Writers.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell presents How Do You Do It? posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents Do a Final Read Through posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents Never Confuse the Key Event and the First Plot Point in Your Book Again! posted at WordPlay.

Jody presents What’s the Difference Between a Historical and a Historical Romance? posted at Jody Hedlund.

Rachelle presents So Many Ideas, So Little Time posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Mark Nichol presents Answers to Questions About Commas posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Nils Odlund presents Voice vs. Grammar posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Amanda Patterson presents Your Must-Have Basic Blogging Checklist posted at Writers Write.

Blake Powell presents How To Get People To Not Ignore Your Writing! posted at Positive Writer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Elemental Thriller.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Mark Dawson Shares What’s Working Now on Facebook for Authors.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about The Visual Writer: Using Images To Bring Your Writing Alive With Nancy Hendrickson.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Trolls, Crowdfunding and Churning Out Books.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Beating Writers Block.

This week’s podcast at Writers Group Podcast is all about Foul Mouthed Unicorns and Your Odds Of Making It.

Journaling

Debra presents Ten Things That Delight Me posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Lauren Tharp presents How to Define Your Job as a Freelance Writer posted at Little Zotz Writing.

Edie Melson presents Why I Decided to Quit Social Media & You Should Too! posted at The Write Conversation.

CALLIE OETTINGER presents Always Be Closing — A Promotional Steal posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Carol Tice presents 6 Clever Ways Article Writers Can Find ‘Real People’ to Interview 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 August 27, 2016. 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

Christine Niles presents Five Things that Stop You from Sharing Your Work (and the dead-simple solutions to all of them) posted at Positive Writer.

Kathleen Siddell presents How to Face an Inbox of Rejection posted at Brevity.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents The Tooth Fairy Is My Hero posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: THE IMPROBABLE WONDERS OF MOOJIE LITTLEMAN posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Bruno Somerset presents Tips for Writers Setting Up Their Workspace posted at Mythic Scribes.

Anthony Ehlers presents Turning The Screw posted at Writers Write.

Mary Carroll Moore presents What Memoirists Always Ask: How Much of My Story Can I Tell without Hurting Others? posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Rachelle presents That All-Important First Line posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Jody presents Seven Dialogue Basics That Can Help Tighten Our Stories posted at Jody Hedlund.

Neal Abbott presents 3 Ways Doctor Who Can Help You Become a Fantastic Writer posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Fix Grammatical Errors posted at Fiction University.

Claire de Boer presents 3 Things That Will Mess With Your Writing Time (And How to Overcome Them) posted at The Gift of Writing.

Steven presents “Just Write the Damn Thing!”, Part One posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Chuck Waldron presents The Sweaty Part of Writing posted at Writers and Authors.

Joanna Campbell Slan presents Out, Out, Damned Writer posted at Romance University.

Blogging

Henri Junttila presents Blogging for Beginners: 17 Tips Before You Start Your Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at WNYC is all about Richard Russo & Jenny Boylan on Plot Twists in Books – and Life.

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

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 Balancing Efficiency and Effectiveness.

This week’s podcast at Writers Group Podcast is all about The Professional.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Is Taking Care of Yourself on Your To-Do List?.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New High Speed Liquid Splash Photographs by Markus Reugels posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents A Mid-Week Gratitude List: Our Journal Writing Exercise For Tonight posted at Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Carol Tice presents How I Got Freelance Writing Jobs Worth $15,000 — in 7 Days Flat posted at Make a Living Writing.

Joanna Penn presents 5 Ways That Authors Can Use Facebook Advertising posted at The Creative Penn.

Lauren Tharp presents How to Juggle Multiple Clients Without Dropping Them 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 August 21, 2016. 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

My Twitter friend, Radhika Maira Tabrez, has published her book to great acclaim. Take a look at the description, and I think you’ll be sold.

Twenty years ago, Susan Pereira had to send her only child Matthew, to a faraway boarding school. That one decision brought their relationship to a cul de sac, which she still hasn’t been able to break out of. Matthew is too distant and too angry to relent. Meera Vashisht’s misguided love left her bruised, shattered, and abandoned, only to be found and healed by Susan. Set on a fictional Indian island paradise called Bydore, In The Light of Darkness is a journey of broken souls looking for closures and new beginnings. Does Susan manage to win back her son? Does Matthew find the future his mother hoped he would? Does Meera finally get away from her past?

Unfortunately, I can only find it on Amazon’s India site, but I know she’s working on wider distribution.

The Creative Mindset

Lauren presents CALLING BULLSHIT ON THE MYTH THAT EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO GROW A THICK SKIN posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jennifer presents The Indispensable Creative Importance of Being Witnessed posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents That’s The Difference posted at View from the Winepress.

N. West Moss presents The Absence of Sound posted at Neworld Review.

Liz presents My Dysfunctional Relationship posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Daily Writing Leads to Better Writing posted at Writing Forward.

Janice Hardy presents Eliminate Unnecessary Repetition posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents A Reactive Protagonist Doesn’t Have to Be a Passive Protagonist! Discover the Difference posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jody presents A Pep Talk For Writers Struggling to Find Writing Time posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mark Nichol presents 3 Common Comma Errors posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents How Long Can My Timeline Be? Story Arc Questions and Answers posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Anne Marie Gazzolo presents The Power of Story — Telling a Story Within a Story posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jill Williamson presents #WeWriteBooks, Post 14: Where To Start posted at Go Teen Writers.

Marcy McKay presents Do THIS to Improve your Writing posted at Positive Writer.

Mia Botha presents All My Friends Are Fictional posted at Writers Write.

Shawn Coyne presents Always be Closing posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Ali Luke presents How to Get Back On Track When Your Writing Plans Go Awry posted at Aliventures.

Blogging

Hal Licino presents Top 5 Strategies For Efficient & Effective Blogging posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Mystery is Everywhere.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Write 5000 Words Per Hour with Chris Fox.

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

This week’s podcast at Writers Group Podcast is all about “Welcome to Writers Group” – Rewriting, Sharing Pages and How To Give Feedback.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Animal Sculptures Made from Shattered CDs posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Could a Crisis Cripple Your Freelance Business? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Rachelle presents When You’re Missing the Mark posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Carol Tice presents 5 Benefits of My Pro Writing Degree — That You Can Get Free posted at Make a Living Writing.

Lauren Tharp presents 4 Reasons Cheap Freelance Clients Aren’t Worth Your Time (Even if You’re Desperate for Cash!) posted at LittleZotz 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 August 14, 2016. 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

Ashley Clark presents Let’s Talk Rejection posted at The Writer’s Alley.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Has Your Muse Become a “Recluse”…? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Jody presents When You Feel Like the Worst Writer in the World posted at Jody Hedlund.

Lauren presents HOW TO MAKE THE CREATIVE MAGIC OF STEVE JOBS’ REALITY DISTORTION FIELD WORK FOR YOU posted at Lauren Sapala.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Moonrise CH15 – Takeover in response to Prompt #1811 It’s All About Perception.
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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Distress Signal posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST INNOCENT MAN BY PHILLIP MARGOLIN posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Creativity Prompt

Melissa Donovan presents Three Poetry Writing Exercises posted at Writing Forward.

Writing Tips

Steven presents Cover the Canvas posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Art Holcomb presents The Character/Plot Connection posted at Story Fix.

Jon Skovron presents How to Build a Fantasy Language, from Slang to Swearing posted at What the Frack.

Joel Friedlander presents Anatomy of the Bonus: Checklists, Cheatsheets, Worksheets, and More posted at The Book Designer.

Claire de Boer presents Do This One Thing To Transform Your Writing posted at The Gift of Writing.

Henry McLaughlin presents Traits of a Successful Writing Critique Group posted at The Write Conversation.

Reagan Colbert presents 3 Devious Steps to Write an Antagonist You Hate posted at The Write Practice.

KM Weiland presents 6 Tips for How to Organize Your Novel’s Edits posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Kathleen McCleary presents Forging Character posted at Writer Unboxed.

Andrea Kane presents The Two Greatest Challenges For Today’s Writer posted at Writers and Authors.

Angela Ackerman presents Level Up Your Setting By Thinking Outside The Box posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Mia Botha presents The Portrait Of The Antagonist As A Human Being posted at Writers Write.

Janice Hardy presents Revise Any Misused Words and Awkward Phrasing posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents False Agreements and Your Narrator’s Epiphany posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents Why Your Hero Should Eavesdrop and Make a Bad Assumption (in 4 steps) posted at Better Novel Project.

Mark Nichol presents How to Write a Report posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Laura Drake presents Your First Chapter – Reader Glue posted at Romance University.

The Magic Violinist presents The Three Hardest Things About Writing (and the Solutions) posted at Positive Writer.

Alex Limberg presents How to Make the Magic in Your Story… Magical posted at Mythic Scribes.

Becca Puglisi presents How Writers Can Bring Setting to Life through Personification posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kristen Lamb presents Botched Beginnings—Common First-Page Killers posted at Warrior Writers.

Jeff presents The Surprising Secret to Becoming a Great Writer posted at Goins Writer.

Stephanie Morrill presents Creating Characters By Working Backward posted at Go Teen Writers.

Blogging

Jessica Lawlor presents You’re Still Not Blogging? Don’t Let These 5 Excuses Stop You posted at The Write Life.

Ali Luke presents 10 Blog Post Ideas You Can Use Right Now posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

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

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about How to Use Goodreads to Find More Readers.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction With Libbie Hawker.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Killer Publishing Apps with Seth Atwood.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Copyright, Ageism and Author Solutions.

This week’s podcast at LittleZotz Writing is all about Valerie Bordeau on the Importance of Writing Communities.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Planning the Long Game with Ben Hale.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Jenny Hansen presents 5 Ways Google+ Can Rock Your Search Rankings (and Your World) posted at Writers in the Storm.

Rachelle presents Nobody Knows Anything posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Ali Luke presents Are You Planning Your Writing Career … or Winging It? posted at Aliventures.

Maddy Osman presents Your Month-by-Month Guide to Starting a Successful Freelance Blogging Business posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Randy Stapilus presents Audiobooks for Indie Authors – Part One posted at BookWorks.

Kelly presents CONTRACT CONVERSATIONS: RED FLAGS posted at PubCrawl.

Ed Kurst presents To Publish or Not to Self Publish, That Question, Answered by Author Ed Kurst posted at Novel Publicity.

Carol Tice presents Avoid Bad Freelance Advice With These Simple-But-Important Questions posted at Make a Living Writing.

Elizabeth presents From Trad-Pub to Self-Pub–Tips and Observations posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

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 7, 2016. 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

Jon Acuff presents Want to feel better about criticism? Change this word. posted at Acuff.me.

Jen presents 6 ways to get out of a creative slump posted at Journal Wild.

Meredith Resnick presents A writer’s meditation: Stop resisting failure, stop fighting failure, stop fighting your resistance to failure posted at The Writers [Inner] Journey.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

MD Flyn presents Staycation Rehab – Original Flash Fiction in response to Prompt #1801 Word of the Week – Quagmire.

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Handwriting On The Wall posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: THE ODDFITS BY TIFFANY TSAO posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Resources

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Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents How to Write a Proposal posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents Clean Up the Description and Stage Direction posted at Fiction University.

PJ Reece presents The Heart of a Story: What Is It, Where Is It, and How Do You Get There? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Jed Herne presents The Half-Blood Prince Guide to Question Arcs posted at The Better Novel Project.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Plotting and Pantsing–When to Plan and When to Write, and Why Both Are Useful as You Build Your Book posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Brooke Warner presents What’s Your Genre? A High-Level Overview for Writers posted at Jane Friedman.

Shannon Dittemore presents Your Characters Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid posted at Go Teen Writers.

Elizabeth presents The Danger of Responding to Reviews posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Sue Coletta presents Voice posted at KillZone.

Kristen Lamb presents How to Write Mind-Blowing Plot Twists—Twisting is NOT Twerking posted at Warrior Writers.

CS Lakin presents The Key to Creating Believable Plots and Subplots posted at Live Write Thrive.

Nils Ödlund presents Writer’s Voice — What It Is, and How to Find It posted at Mythic Scribes.

Sherry Lewis presents Avoiding Author Intrusion posted at Romance University.

Jennie Nash presents How to Start Your Book in the Right Place (and Save Your Reader from Boredom, Frustration and Despair) posted at The Book Designer.

David Corbett presents Short Stories: The Novelist’s Workshop posted at Writer Unboxed.

Angela Ackerman presents Deepen The Protagonist to Readers By Challenging His or Her Moral Beliefs posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Amy Sue Nathan presents Fine-Tune Your Dialogue To Serve Your Story (And Your Reader) posted at Writers in the Storm.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Develop Your Best Novel Writing Ideas posted at Writing Forward.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents Five Ways to Avoid Content-Writing Burn-Out posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Ashley Gainer presents How to Be Ruthless and Win at Freelance Blogging posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Brandon Johnston presents Exploring Different Paid Writing Opportunities for Expert Bloggers posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Element of Mystery.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Keeping It Together with Complicated Storylines and Multiple Character Arcs.

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

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Switching Genres in Midstream with Richard Fox.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about How to Make Real Money Selling Short Fiction.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Creativity, Art And Business With Lisa Congdon.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Claire de Boer presents 7 Reasons Why Journaling Will Make You A Better Writer posted at The Gift of Writing.

Dolly Garland presents Journaling Exercise: List of Things You Love & Things You Would Like to Change posted at Kaizen Journaling.

The Business of Creativity

Jody presents 5 Easy Tips for Driving Pinterest Traffic to Your Author Blog or Website posted at Jody Hedlund.

Ed Cyzewski presents Avoid this Platform-Building Mistake posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Should You Disclose Your Fees on Your Web$ite? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Lauren presents WHAT SELF-PUBBING AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING THE BEST BOOK COVER posted at Lauren Sapala.

Helen Sedwick presents Copyright: What Every Author Needs to Know posted at BookWorks.

Joe presents Do Ebook Preorders Work? Part 2 posted at JA Konrath.

Ali presents How (and When) to Develop Multiple Streams of Writing Income posted at Aliventures.

Lauren Tharp presents How NOT to Die of Boredom on a Dull Freelancing Gig posted at Little Zotz Writing.

Carol Tice presents Can’t Get Organized? Try These 5 Writing Productivity Breakthroughs 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 31, 2016. 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 Painful Practice of Putting Your Art Out There posted at Goins Writer.

Jo Malby presents COMPASSION, VULNERABILITY & MY UNEXPECTED PLOT TWIST posted at Inspire Portal.

John Soares presents 7 Myths of High Productivity posted at Productive Writers.

Stephanie Morrill presents Letting go of what “real” writers should be like. posted at Go Teen Writers.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Overcomer posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer presents It’s a Girl! posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Editor presents Going Beyond the Laces posted at Seeing Owen.

Liz presents COMPETITION TIME, OR A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE TOASTMASTERS CONTEST posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents The Fundamentals of Verbs posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Essential Tools for the Writer’s Toolbox posted at How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents How to Take Charge of Your Novel’s Symbolism posted at Better Novel Project.

Rachelle presents Lessons from the Gym posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Jody presents 4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Eliminate Unnecessary Infodumps posted at Fiction University.

Stuart Horwitz presents How to Finish Your Book in Three Drafts posted at Jane Friedman.

Ali Luke presents Your Two-Year Plan for Writing, Editing and Publishing Your Novel (However Busy You Are) posted at Aliventure.

Lauren presents DARK FOREST: DECEPTION AS PART OF THE WRITER’S PERSONALITY posted at Lauren Sapala.

Theresa Stevens presents Converting Backstory into Character posted at Romance University.

Steven presents The Blitzkrieg Method posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Chuck Wendig presents WHAT EXACTLY MAKES A DAMN GOOD STORY? posted at Terrible Minds.

Amy Collins presents Book Promotion: Do This, Not That posted at The Book Designer.

Claire DeBoer presents How To Turn Your Story Into A Captivating Bestseller posted at Positive Writer.

Paige Dunlap presents Seven Useful Tips from Seasoned Writers posted at Novel Publicity.

Kristen Lamb presents 3 Mistakes that Will Make Readers Want to Punch a Book in the Face posted at Warrior Writers.

Larry Brooks presents The Secret Key to Breaking Big posted at KillZone.

Anthony Ehlers presents Shading A Scene posted at Writers Write.

Angela Ackerman presents How To Turn Your Setting Into An Obstacle Course posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Pamela Hodges presents 7 Steps to Write More posted at The Write Practice.

Edie Melson presents 7 Tips to Help You Focus Your Writer’s Eye posted at The Write Conversation.

Blogging

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Finding the Right “Sweet Spot” For Updating Your Blog posted at Pen & Prosper.

Enstine Muki presents GiveAways – 5 Tips to Get More Exposure and Traffic posted at Blogging Tips.

Ali Luke presents Four Quick Ways to Improve Any Blog Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Examining Unconscious Biases, with Shannon Hale.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Happiness, Author Ethics and Hachette Makes a Deal.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about How to Write Better Stories Faster.

This week’s podcast at Little Zotz Writing is all about Nurture Relationships for the Best Client Referrals.

This week’s podcast at Pub Crawl is all about GENRES – ROMANCE.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about The Importance of Focus with Angela McConnell.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Write The Heart Of Your Story. Tips For Writing Emotion With CJ Lyons.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Pre-Orders: Are they Always A Good Idea?.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Remarkable Macro Photographs of Ice Structures and Snowflakes posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Melissa Donovan presents Journal Writing Ideas: Fusing Art with Words posted at Writing Forward.

The Business of Creativity

Debbie Carter presents A literary agent reflects “On Authors and Book Talks” posted at Joan Detz.

Ron Callari presents Inkitt: Using Algorithms to Open Doors for Indie Authors to Become Bestsellers posted at BookWorks.

Joe presents Do Ebook Preorders Work? posted at JA Konrath.

Editor presents Plan Your Next Product Release posted at Arts Business Institute.

Philip Overby presents How to Find a Niche Audience posted at Mythic Scribes.

Kat Tretina presents Earn More Writing Online With These Easy Graphic-Creation Tips 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 24, 2016. 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

Jennifer Brown Banks presents How Our Errors Can Enhance Us… posted at Pen & Prosper.

Karli-Marie presents 6 Easy Tips to Help You Bust Through Your Creative Slump posted at Tangie Baxter & Co.

Jennifer presents How to Stay in the Zone when Creating posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Meredith Resnick presents Your Muse? Loves Risk. posted at The Writers [Inner] Journey.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents On Another Night posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: THE SHELL COLLECTOR BY HUGH HOWEY posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

William Savage presents Let There be Light! posted at Pen and Pension.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Resources

Larry Brooks presents Story Engineering Presentation Notes posted at StoryFix.

Writing Tips

Lauren presents HAVE A NANOWRIMO MANUSCRIPT STASHED AWAY SOMEWHERE? THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOU. posted at Lauren Sapala.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Balancing the Three Key Elements of Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

CS Plocher presents What We Can Learn from J.K. Rowling’s Series Grid posted at Better Novel Project.

Jody presents Spicing Up a Story With Similes & Metaphors posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Ilsa J. Bick presents Facing Dark Times as a Writer posted at Fiction University.

Mark Nichol presents How to Write a Lead Paragraph posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Joe Kawano presents 3 PLACES TO LOOK FOR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR STORIES posted at Launch Your Universe.

Melissa Donovan presents 8 Common Creative Writing Mistakes posted at Writing Forward.

Amanda Patterson presents 9 Famous Fictional Narcissistic Mothers – And How To Write About Them posted at Writers Write.

Adria J. Cimino presents What’s in a Name? How to Avoid the “Claire” Confusion posted at Writers in the Storm.

Jeff Elkins presents How to Write Dialogue Without Using Adverbs posted at The Write Practice.

Steven presents The Magic of TK posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

CS Lakin presents A Look at the Second Pinch Point in Stories posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kristen Lamb presents The Hard Truth About Being a Professional Writer posted at Warrior Writers.

John Henderson presents 5 Bad Writing Habits You Can Do Without posted at Novel Publicity.

Ali Luke presents Want to Write a Novel? Here’s How to Get Started posted at Aliventures.

Sheila Wisz Ellayn presents The Magic of Fantasy — Let’s Love the Unreal posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Hal Licino presents The Top 12 Features To Add To Your Blogging Email Newsletter posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jade Phillips presents 10 Time-Wasting Blogging Mistakes That Hurt Your Reputation posted at The Write Life.

Linda Formichelli presents How to Actually Do All the Things You Thought Freelancing Would Free You to Do posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Q&A on Elemental Horror, with Steve Diamond.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Grow Your List While Building Your Readership with Derek Webb of NoiseTrade.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Penny Sansevieri, Event Results and Bestseller Lists.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Putting the SMART into Social Media Marketing.

This week’s podcast at LittleZotz Writing is all about The Pros and Cons of Content Mills.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self Publishing is all about The Selling Power of Tropes with J.A. Cipriano.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Carving the Moon: A New Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop posted at This is Colossal.

Editor presents Photography: Nirav Patel posted at I Need a Guide.

Journaling

Dolly Garland presents 5 Ways Journaling Can Improve Learning Agility posted at Kaizen Journaling.

Claire de Boer presents For Those Days When You Feel Lost And Broken posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

Rachelle presents Finding Comparable Books posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Editor presents How Trunk Shows Can Grow Your Handmade Business posted at Arts Business Institute.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 15 Clever Offline Marketing Ideas for Authors You’ll Want to Use! posted at Positive Writer.

Carol Tice presents Transform Your Freelance Marketing: 5 Things You’re Probably Getting Wrong posted at Make a Living Writing.

EC Myers presents BUYING TIME TO MAKE GOOD ART posted at PubCrawl.

Jane presents An Alternative to ACX for Audiobook Production and Distribution posted at Jane Friedman.

Penny Sanseviere presents 5-Minute Book Marketing for Indie Authors posted at BookWorks.

Joanna Penn presents Print Only Products: Turn Your Book Into A Notebook Or Workbook posted at The Creative Penn.

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 17, 2016. 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

Joe Kawano presents STORIES ARE SEEDED FROM HOPE posted at Launch Your Universe.

Jennifer presents How I’m STILL Learning to Write posted at Jennifer Louden.

Bryan Hutchison presents What Do You Love Most About Writing? posted at Positive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Fracas in response to Prompt #1786 Only Regrets.

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents I Think That I Shall Never See . . . posted at View from the Winepress.

Colin presents Winter in Bali posted at Colin Switalski.

Liz presents BOOK REVIEW: HALF WAY HOME BY HUGH HOWEY posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents How Long Should a Paragraph Be? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents How to Avoid Middle Slumps–Maintaining Tension in Your Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Christine Frazier presents How to Write a Fight Scene (in 11 Steps) posted at Better Novel Project.

Jody presents 3 Main Reasons Why People Read Romance Novels posted at Jody Hedlund.

KM Weiland presents My Writing Process, Pt. 2 of 2: How I Use Scrivener to Write My First Drafts posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents Deepen the World Building and Setting posted at Fiction University.

John Wong presents The Metrics of Writing posted at Mythic Scribes.

Larry Brooks presents The Key to Criteria-Driven Story Development posted at Story Fix.

Jo Malby presents A. L. KENNEDY’S 10 RULES FOR WRITING FICTION posted at Inspire Portal.

Ali Luke presents Are You Using “Said” Too Frequently? Dialogue Tags and Dialogue Beats Explained posted at Aliventures.

Lauren presents INFJ OBSESSION: ARCHETYPE AND THE PSYCHIC BOND posted at Lauren Sapala.

Blogging

Jennifer Banks Brown presents Are You Sabotaging Your Blog’s Success? posted at Pen & Prosper.

Ali Luke presents Five Ways to Do Something Different With Your Content Today posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Horror as a Subgenre.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Audio, Contracts and Product Placement.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Podcasting for Writers Without Wasting Your Time.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Online Marketing for Busy Authors, with Fauzia Burke.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Claire de Boer presents Permission To Live Your Own Life posted at The Gift of Writing.

Linda Fairburn presents Linda’s Story-Map Journal – Travel Journal Interviews posted at Journey Jottings.

Terri Pous presents 18 Undeniable Things All People Who Are Obsessed With Journals Know To Be True posted at BuzzFeed.

Jen presents Journal spotlight: Dream journal posted at Journal Wild.

Julie Shahin presents Art Journaling 101: Why Art Journal? posted at Tangie Baxter & Co.

The Business of Creativity

Rachelle presents How to Talk to Publishers and Agents posted at Rachelle Gardner.

John Soares presents How Freelance Writers Land Great Clients on the Phone posted at Productive Writers.

Ashley Gainer presents When Your Freelance Blogging Fears Get the Best of You, Use These 3 Reminders 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 July 10, 2016. 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

Thanks to Chuck Downing over at A Day in the Life of a Science Fiction Writer for his Mention of The Writing Reader in his post, Summer Reprise Series #1: Where do you get your ideas?

The Creative Mindset

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Why You Should Keep a “Feel-Good File”… posted at Pen & Prosper.

Jennifer presents Why I’m So Very Grateful I Was Rejected posted at Jennifer Louden.

Art Holcomb presents The Nature of Talent posted at StoryFix.

Bryan Hutchinson presents I’m a Writer! But I Feel Like a Fake, A Ridiculous Phony posted at Positive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Frank L. Parker presents Third Person in response to Prompt #1756 The Morning After.

Mark Gardner presents Hatred in response to Prompt #1766 Word of the Week – Presage.

Chuck Downing presents Response to The Writing Reader Prompt #1778 – Siege in response to Prompt #1778 Siege.

Winona presents a response to Prompt #1777 St. Triduana in the comments.

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Sharing Our Work

Melinda presents His Regret, a Short Story posted at MelindaKucsera.

Rob McLeod presents Summer Rains posted at Florida Cracker Chronicles.

Eula McLeod presents Vine Life posted at View from the Winepress.

Kelly Dunning presents Exploring the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar by Bicycle posted at Global Goose.

Liz presents Book Review: Another Country by James Baldwin posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

ShermanAlexie

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents 10 Tips for Getting a Staff Writing Job posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Jody presents The Most Important Type of Edit and Where to Get It posted at Jody Hedlund.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Planting Sensory Details–What to Use, When to Use It–for Emotional Impact in Your Writing posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Rachelle presents Focus on Writing the Best Book You Can posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Jessica Bylander presents How To Write A Hit Comedy Script: Advice from Playwright Jessica Bylander posted at Better Novel Project.

Pearson presents Guest Post by Andrea Pearson posted at JA Konrath.

Lisa presents Stuff My Writing Students Say, Part 19 posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Stephanie Orges presents 5 Ways to Build a Detailed World Without Boring Your Readers posted at Be Kind Rewrite.

Lauren presents The Truth about Writting Good Sex Scenes posted at Lauren Sapala.

Blogging

Tom Ewer presents 7 Lessons from a Full Time Freelance Blogger posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jenha Dening presents 5 Psychology Principles to Create More Compelling Content posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Podcasts

Writing Excuses is all about Fashion for Writers, with Rebecca McKinney.

The Sell More Books Show is all about Negative Reviews, iBooks and Amazon’s Favor.

The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Advanced Product Funnels To Sell More Books.

The Author Biz is all about Hacking the Editing Process.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Software Architect Turned Photographer Alexander Safonov Captures Breathtaking Underwater Scenes off the Coast of South Africa posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What do I believe? Tonight’s Journal Writing Prompt posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Dolly Garland presents Developing Daily Journaling Habit for the New Year posted at Kaizen Journaling.

Kate Davis presents 23 ideas for the first page of your journal or notebook posted at Dark Tea.

Clair de Boer presents 10 Ways To Awaken To Your True Self posted at The Gift of Writing.

The Business of Creativity

SR Johannes presents Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing posted at Fiction University.

Diana Urban presents 98 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales posted at BookBub.

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 3, 2016. 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

Judith Handelsman Smith presents the spirituality of writing: A narrative meditation on ways to undo the fear of un-writing, unblock writing blocks, and heal posted at Writers Inner Journey.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Mark Gardner presents Sunshine posted at Article 94.

Cliff Letts presents a response to Prompt #1751 No Time in the comments of the post.

MD Flyn presents Good Old Fashioned Cookie Sabotage – Original Flash Fiction posted at Prompt #1766 Word of the Week – Presage.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents In Spite Of Me posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents Book Review: Arrival (Maddy Young Saga Book 1) by Nick Pirog posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

AnthonyPowell

Writing Tips

Anna Campbell presents Romantic Relationships posted at Romance University.

CS Lakin presents How Writers Can Create Continuity in Showing the Passing of Time posted at Live Write Thrive.

KM Weiland presents Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 49: Weak Conjunctions posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Angie Dicken presents Why An Author Should Try Pinterest posted at The Writers Alley.

Stephanie Morrill presents Writing Advice Examined: Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. posted at Go Teen Writers.

Monica M. Clark presents 5 Questions New Writers Ask posted at The Write Practice.

Janice Hardy presents Tighten the Character Descriptions posted at Fiction University.

Mark Nichol presents Calculate Your Average Sentence Length posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Sarah presents How to Give (and Get) Great Feedback On Your Writing posted at Sarah K Peck.

Christine Frazier presents The 3 Worst Traits of the YA Heroine posted at Better Novel Project.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents Six Straightforward Ways to Structure a Blog Post [With Examples] posted at Aliventures.

Nick Thacker presents 33 Ways to Instant Blogging Failure posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Rachelle presents To Blog or Not To Blog, That is the Question posted at Rachelle Gardner.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Adventure Q & A.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about How Authors Sell Publishing Rights With Orna Ross.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about The Value of Challenging Your Assumptions, with Annie Bellet.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Backstories, WattPad and Barbara Freethy.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents The Explosively Colorful Spray Paint Portraits of David Walker posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Counting your blessings: a Monday morning journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Lynne Cantwell presents How to Set Your Book Free on Amazon posted at Indies Unlimited.

Barb Drozdowich presents Why Book Blog Tours Shouldn’t be About Selling Books posted at How To for Authors.

Carol Tice presents How to Land That First Big Magazine Writing Assignment posted at Make a Living Writing.

June Stevens Westerfield presents Does Your Website’s First Impression Sell Books? posted at Writers in the Storm.

Alicia Rades presents 9 Tips for Landing Clients With Your Website [From Bloggers Who’ve Done It!] posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

John Soares presents Why Good Writing Clients Are Hard to Find but Easy to Keep 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!