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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 21, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Katy Kauffman presents SEVEN GIANTS ALL WRITERS MUST SLAY posted at The Write Conversation.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Tony Lovell presents Not So Emotionless in response to Prompt #2088 First Line of the Week – Wayne Scheer.

Chris Black left a response in the comments at Prompt #1264 First Line of the Week – Dan Krokos.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Resources

EA presents SCRIVENER CORKBOARD TEMPLATES FOR ORGANISATION posted at EA Deverell.

Writing Tips

Kelly McGann presents Want to Double Your Success as a Writer? Do This posted at The Write Practice.

Sandra Knight presents Back to the Beginning: How to Start Writing posted at The Working Writers Club.

Jena Henry presents A Sexagenarian’s How To: Writer’s Apps from A to Z posted at Jena’s Books.

Ali Luke presents Getting Apostrophes Right: From the Easy to the Tricky Cases posted at AliVentures.

Randy Stapilus presents Yes, Your eBook Does Need Chapters posted at BookWorks.

Janice Hardy presents Getting Beyond the First Draft posted at Fiction University.

John Gilstrap presents Which Handgun Should Your Character Carry? posted at Kill Zone.

Joanna Penn presents How To Write Fiction As A Non-Fiction Author posted at The Creative Penn.

Allison Brennan presents The Triangle of Romantic Suspense posted at Romance University.

Abigail Mouring presents Your Novel Is Like A Body posted at Go Teen Writers.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Can You Use Both First and Third Person Narrators in Your Novel? posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Blogging

Sef Cruz presents How to Write a Blog Post in 8 Steps: Back to Basics posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Elvis Michael presents How to Attract Guest Bloggers to Your Blog (With Minimal Traffic) posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Fundamental of Successful Blogging: Clear the Inner World posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Oyster, Collaborations, and Readability.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Description Through the Third Person Lens.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Intentional Reading for Authors with Maya Goode.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Monetize a Podcast (or Any Craft): Live Coaching Session with Heather Teysko.

Visual Arts

Editor presents What Sets Your Work Apart? posted at Arts Business Institute.

The Business of Creativity

Scarlett Ballantyne presents Balancing Brand Building with Submitting to Publications posted at Beyond the Blog.

Kristen presents Wisdom from a Hollywood Producer—IT’S ALL B.S. UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS posted at Kristen Lamb.

CS Lakin presents Growing Your Audience by Growing a Mailing List posted at Live Write Thrive.

Christina Vanvuren presents 4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them posted at Make a Living Writing.

Jane presents 9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon posted at Jane Friedman.

Sarah DeGeorge presents Safety First! 4 Ways to Protect Yourself as a Freelance Writer posted at The Write Life.

Nina Amir presents Essential Negotiation Skills for Bloggers and Writers posted at How to Blog a Book.

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 14, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Todd Brison presents 2 Exercises to Maximize Your Creativity First Thing in the Morning posted at CNBC Make It.

Phoebe Quinn presents HOW TO BALANCE YOUR JOB AND WRITING posted at A Writer’s Path.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxena presents The Bravest Act in response to Prompt #2086 Taking on Hitler.

Mark Gardner presents Scandalous Contradiction in response to Prompt #2087 Word of the Week – Farceur.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

VP presents Adventures in Storytelling: Conflict Part 1 posted at VP Morris.

Janice Hardy presents The Trouble With Reactive Protagonists posted at Fiction University.

Kristen presents Save Money on Professional Edits—6 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Own Manuscript posted at Kristen Lamb.

Charlotte presents 7 Writing Session Savers for When It’s a Slog posted at Charlotte Rains Dixon.

Lee Lofland presents 12 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT INTERROGATION posted at The Graveyard Shift.

Karen presents How to Begin Writing Your First Screenplay posted at Karen Woodward.

Melissa Abramovitz presents Leveled Reading in Writing for Children posted at The Working Writers Club.

Jody presents 3 Ways to Add Depth to a Novel posted at Jody Hedlund.

Christine Frazier presents The Hero vs. The Secret Good Guy (or How to Chase Your Hero Up a Tree and Pelt Stones at Him in 9 Steps) posted at Better Novel Project.

Blogging

Susan Maccarelli presents To The Blogger Who Wants To Get Published By Another Site But Doesn’t Know Where To Start posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Elvis Michael presents How to Run a Blog Contest Successfully posted at Blogging Pro.

Kristel Staci presents 6 Quick Tips for Better Blog Comment Management posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Downsizing for Authors with Kevin Tumlinson.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Variations on Third Person.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Value, Cost, and the Latest Author Earnings.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Reading vs Watching a Character.

This week’s podcast at PubCrawl is all about POV.

Visual Arts

Editor presents MAYA BEANO posted at I Need a Guide.

The Business of Creativity

Editor presents Artist Success: Printmakers Talk Business posted at Arts Business Institute.

Ali Luke presents A Quick Guide to Formatting Your Microsoft Word Manuscript for Amazon’s Kindle posted at AliVentures.

Andrew Howe presents How to Not Burn Out While Working Freelance posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Sandra Beckwith presents Authors and Facebook Live posted at Build Book Buzz.

Pam McCutcheon presents Should I Hire Someone to Upload My Ebook or Do it Myself? posted at Funds for Writers.

Editor presents 8 Book Marketing Mistakes to Ban in 2017 posted at Reedsy.

Oleg Starko presents Going from $75 to $250 per Post… with the Same Freelance Blogging Client (A Step-by-Step Case Study) 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 April 23, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Elizabeth presents Creative Challenges for Better Productivity posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Stephanie Harvie presents Guardian Angels in response to Prompt #149 Guardian Angels.

Sharing Our Work

Patricia Beal presents My Trip to the Moon and Other Forgotten Miracles posted at ACFW.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Janice Hardy presents The Single Biggest Mistake Self-Published Authors Make posted at Fiction University.

Oren Ashkenazi presents How to Craft a Character-Driven Story posted at Mythcreants.

Jo Robertson presents Revision with Diction and Syntax posted at Romance University.

KM Weiland presents Top 10 Ways to Rivet Readers with Plot Reveals posted at Word Play.

Shawn Coyne presents Love Story Cheat Sheet /Controlling Idea (Theme) posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

CS Lakin presents 3 Steps to Successfully Outlining Your Novel posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

The Magic Violinist presents 4 Strategies to Make it Through the Dreaded Middle of Your Story posted at The Write Practice.

Blogging

Elvis Michael presents How to Get Over Your Guest Blogging Fears posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Fundamental of Successful Blogging: Know Why and Make it Freeing posted at Blogging Tips.

Glenn Leibowitz presents This is What LinkedIn’s Editors Really Want posted at Write with Impact.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Navigate the Intersection of Art and Entrepreneurship: Interview with Steph Halligan.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project in Depth, “Risk Assessment,” by Sandra Tayler.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Working With Editors with Jason Whited.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about KU Numbers, Stigmas, and Contract Cop-outs.

This week’s podcast at PubCrawl is all about PUBLISHING 101 REDUX – QUERYING & REPRESENTATION.

The Business of Creativity

Page Barnes presents A Newbie’s Guide to Writing for the Huffington Post posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Eva Lesko Natiello presents The Pro Bono Marketing Staff Every Self-Published Author Has at Their Fingertips posted at The Book Designer.

Robert Kingett presents Use Magazine Vendor Websites to Find New Paying Markets posted at Funds for Writers.

Sophie Masson presents The Perfect Back Cover Blurb 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 April 16, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Ava Jae presents On Balancing Work, Yourself, and Life posted at Writability.

KM Weiland presents Not Feeling Creative? 4 Ways to Reignite the “Wonder” in Your Writing posted at WordPlay.

Kristen Pope presents A Step-By-Step Guide to Planning Your Writing Retreat posted at The Write Life.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Reena Saxeena presents The Speaker’s Thoughts in response to Prompt #2013 The Long Speech

Rosemary Carlson presents The Old Man by the Sea in response to Prompt #2053 Visual Prompt – High Tide.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal writing prompt no. 59: Tree of Life?.

Writing Tips

Kathryn Craft presents Building a Chapter for Emotional Impact posted at Writer Unboxed.

Ali Luke presents How I Wrote More Fiction in 2016 than In Any Other Year (Despite Two Small Children) posted at Aliventures.

Lynette Eason presents THE QUESTION OF BECOMING A HYBRID AUTHOR posted at The Write Conversation.

Loucinda McGary presents Five Things to Consider During Revisions posted at Romance University.

Janice Hardy presents The Difference Between Setting and World Building posted at Fiction University.

CS Lakin presents Tips for Weaving Romance into Your Novel posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Blogging

Elvis Michael presents How to Get Over the Fear of Marketing posted at Blogging Pro.

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Ego-Based Limiting Belief that Stunts Your Blogging Growth posted at Blogging Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about How to Nail Character Voice in First Person.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Price Wars, Gender Bias, and MasterClasses.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Writing to Your Market Versus Writing to Your Muse.

Journaling

Dolly Garland presents A Lesson in Patience and Positivity posted at Kaizen Journaling.

The Business of Creativity

Heather Webb presents 10 Steps to a Successful Book Launch posted at Writers in the Storm.

Xavier Davis presents DRM (Digital Rights Management): What You Need to Know posted at BookWorks.

Elizabeth presents Expanding Book Distribution posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

C. Hope Clark presents Overnight Success posted at Funds for Writers.

Gordon Long presents Design Your Book to Sell posted at Indies Unlimited.

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 9, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Ryan Biddulph presents 1 Chief Culprit in Blogging Burnout posted at Blogging Tips.

Cathy Fyock presents I THINK I CAN! I THINK I CAN! THE ROLE OF SELF-EFFICACY IN WRITING YOUR BOOK posted at The Write Conversation.

Laura Tong presents 47 Killer Tips All Writers Need When Their Creativity Goes AWOL posted at Write to Done.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxeena presents Fame and Fortune in response to Prompt #2010 Word of the Week – Booklegging.

 

 

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Elizabeth presents Pre-Writing posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Alex Limberg presents How to Subtly Boost Your Dialogue’s Power With Body Language posted at Fiction University.

Yvonne Hertzberger presents Guidelines for a Writing Critique Group posted at Indies Unlimited.

CS Lakin presents How Badly Do You Want It, Writers? posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Michelle Hauck presents Things I Look for When Editing a Query Letter posted at Insecure Writers Support Group.

Chris Winkle presents Choosing Your Story’s Perspective posted at Mythcreants.

Larry Brooks presents What Happens When You “Just Write” Without Truly Understanding How a Story Should Be Written posted at Kill Zone.

Donna MacMeans presents Creating Characters for the Keeper Shelf posted at Romance University.

Jeff Elkins presents 5 Steps to Set Writing Goals You’ll Actually Achieve posted at The Write Practice.

Warren Adler presents The Top 7 Details You Need to Think About When Writing Historical Fiction posted at Writer Unboxed.

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

Blogging

Nina Amir presents Master the 6 Pillars of High-Performance Blogging posted at How to Blog a Book.

Joel Friedlander presents A Blogger’s Progress: Repurposing Content and Driving Traffic posted at The Book Designer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Using Keywords to Improve Discoverability for Your Book.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Dr Strange — 2: Action Storytelling Principles.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Variations on First Person.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about OneBook, Target Readers, and Days of Yore.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Multi-Sense Storytelling and Expanding Your Reach with Cameron Drew.

Videos

The Business of Creativity

Elvis Michael presents How to Get Over the Fear of Marketing posted at Blogging Pro.

Bree Brouwer presents How to Pick Conferences That Will Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Xavier Davis presents DRM (Digital Rights Management): What You Need to Know posted at BookWorks.

Emily Wenstrom presents How To Deal When You Experience Low Book Sales posted at The Write Life.

Chelsey Clammer presents What My Submissions Spreadsheet Teaches Me posted at Women on Writing.

Susan Spann presents Pitch Your Novel Perfectly posted at Writers in the Storm.

Shaila Abdullah presents When Having an Agent is Not a Good Thing posted at Funds for Writers.

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 March 12, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Jennifer Brown Banks presents 5 Things You Must Grant Yourself Permission to do to Become a Fully-realized Writer posted at Pen & Prosper.

Seth presents No one knows anything posted at Seth Godin’s Blog.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxeena presents The Lipstick Mark in response to Prompt #1992 Chance.

Chris Black a response in the comments to Prompt #1536 Word of the Week – Innocuous.

Sharing Our Work

Jena presents Remembering Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe posted at The Artful Linguist.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Resources

Characters & Themes Cheatsheet provided by The Better Novel Project.

Writing Tips

Tara Lazar presents How to Become a Better Writer…By NOT Writing posted at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Kristen presents How to Write Endings that “Wow!” posted at Kristen Lamb.

Oren Ashkenazi presents Lessons From the Vivid Writing of Lovecraft’s Dagon posted at Mythcreants.

Janice Hardy presents What’cha Doing? Ways to be a More Productive Writer, Part 1 posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Summertime, and the Writing Is . . . Gone? Five Ways to Fit Writing into Your Crazy Life! posted at How to Plan, Write and Develp a Book.

Mary Walton presents 8 Proofreading Tips For Perfect Copy Every Time posted at Novel Publicity.

Olivia-Savannah presents Ten Writing & Publishing Tips to Remember posted at Paving My Author’s Road.

Kellie McGann presents Reasons to Write Your Story as Roman à Clef posted at The Write Practice.

Tiffany Yates Martin presents Your Story as a House posted at Writers in the Storm.

Donald Maass presents Putting Your Purpose on the Page posted at Writer Unboxed.

Gloria Kopp presents 12 Online Proofreading and Editing Tools Romance Writers Should Know About posted at Romance University.

RJ Thesman presents 6 Words Every Writer Should Avoid posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents Three Different Ways to Name Your Blog or Website [Pros and Cons] posted at AliVentures.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Ensemble, with Michael Damien Thomas.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about BASEketball — Decadence in Storytelling.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Managing the Launch Process for your Book with Honorée Corder.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Scribd, Flip-Outs, and Indie Reviews.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Replay of How to Sell a Metric Crap-Ton of Books.

The Business of Creativity

Tony Vanderwarker presents The Writer’s Promise: How to Craft a Book’s Pitch posted at Writers Digest.

Carol Tice presents Freelance Writing Improvement Lab: 7 Productivity Hacks to Write Faster posted at Make a Living Writing.

David Kudler presents Print Pricing Piracy: The Perils of Free Trade posted at The Book Designer.

KS Brooks presents How to Link Book Editions on Amazon’s Author Central posted at Indies Unlimited.

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 March 5, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Ali Luke presents Why Being (a Little) Selfish Might Be the Best Thing You Do for Your Writing posted at Aliventures.

John Soares presents Successful Writers Need Free Time Alone posted at Productive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Rosemary Carlson presents Censorship and the Bookstore on the Corner in response to Prompt #2010 Word of the Week – Booklegging.

Reena Saxena presents Silent Screams in response to Prompt #1987 Only Once.

Lana Burgess presents Can’t Stop Thinking: 5 Ways to Break Negative Thought Loops in response to Prompt #1248 Can’t Stop Thinking.

Jane Frieman presents a response in the comments at Prompt #1292 First Line of the Week – David Gerrold.

Chris Black presents a response in the comments at Prompt #1286 Visual Prompt of the Week – Snuggling.

Mark Gardner presents 19 – Negotiations in response to Prompt #2017 Word of the Week – Disheveled.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Resources

LAST THING I WROTE (WRITER WORKSHEET WEDNESDAY) provided by E.A. Deverell.

Writing Tips

Chris Winkle presents Transform a Hero Into a Villain in Seven Steps posted at Mythcreants.

Laurence MacNaughton presents 7 Keys to Irresistible Plots posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Writing against an Edge: How to Push Your Intimacy on the Page posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Kevin McNamara presents 10 Easy Ways to Level-Up Your Writing Productivity posted at NovelPublicity.

Nina Amir presents 5 Mental Strategies to Help Complete Writing Projects posted at Pen & Prosper.

Mary Simses presents 10 Dos & Don’ts For the Aspiring Novelist posted at Writers Digest.

Kristen presents How Horror Fiction Can Make Us Better Writers posted at Kristen Lamb.

Amanda Patterson presents 9 Free Online Grammar Resources You Can’t Ignore posted at Writers Write.

Abria Mattina presents 7 SIGNS YOU’RE STUCK IN RESEARCH HELL posted at Writerology.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Creating Effective Characters with Alida Winternheimer.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about The Secret of Monkey Island — Storytelling Principles in Games.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Gutsy Writing with Leslie Watts.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Social Sharing, Failure, and Millennials.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Crafting a Welcome Email Sequence for your Author Email List.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Non-Fiction Writing Tips And How To Live a Good Life With Serial Entrepreneur Jonathan Fields.

The Business of Creativity

Amy Collins presents Book Publicity Do’s & Don’ts for Indie Authors posted at BookWorks.

Kathryn Goldman presents Illustrating a book? Know your rights to protect your work. posted at Better Novel Project.

Tara Lazar presents Thinking Outside the Bookstore for Events posted at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

Bryan Hutchinson presents Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It) posted at Positive Writer.

Carol Tice presents Online Writing Jobs: The Inside Scoop on 17 Job Boards 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 March 3, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Ali Luke presents Why Being (a Little) Selfish Might Be the Best Thing You Do for Your Writing posted at Aliventures.
John Soares presents Successful Writers Need Free Time Alone posted at Productive Writer.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Rosemary Carlson presents Censorship and the Bookstore on the Corner in response to Prompt #2010 Word of the Week – Booklegging.
Reena Saxena presents Silent Screams in response to Prompt #1987 Only Once.
Lana Burgess presents Can’t Stop Thinking: 5 Ways to Break Negative Thought Loops in response to Prompt #1248 Can’t Stop Thinking.
Jane Frieman presents a response in the comments at Prompt #1292 First Line of the Week – David Gerrold.
Chris Black presents a response in the comments at Prompt #1286 Visual Prompt of the Week – Snuggling.
Amanda Patterson presents 9 Free Online Grammar Resources You Can’t Ignore posted at Writers Write.
Abria Mattina presents 7 SIGNS YOU’RE STUCK IN RESEARCH HELL posted at Writerology.

Creativity Quote of the Week

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Resources

LAST THING I WROTE (WRITER WORKSHEET WEDNESDAY) provided by E.A. Deverell.

Writing Tips

Chris Winkle presents Transform a Hero Into a Villain in Seven Steps posted at Mythcreants.
Laurence MacNaughton presents 7 Keys to Irresistible Plots posted at Fiction University.
Mary Carroll Moore presents Writing against an Edge: How to Push Your Intimacy on the Page posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.
Kevin McNamara presents 10 Easy Ways to Level-Up Your Writing Productivity posted at NovelPublicity.
Nina Amir presents 5 Mental Strategies to Help Complete Writing Projects posted at Pen & Prosper.
Mary Simses presents 10 Dos & Don’ts For the Aspiring Novelist posted at Writers Digest.
Kristen presents How Horror Fiction Can Make Us Better Writers posted at Kristen Lamb.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Creating Effective Characters with Alida Winternheimer.
This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about The Secret of Monkey Island — Storytelling Principles in Games.
This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Gutsy Writing with Leslie Watts.
This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Social Sharing, Failure, and Millennials.
This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Crafting a Welcome Email Sequence for your Author Email List.
This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Fantasy Food, with Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch.
This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Non-Fiction Writing Tips And How To Live a Good Life With Serial Entrepreneur Jonathan Fields.

The Business of Creativity

Amy Collins presents Book Publicity Do’s & Don’ts for Indie Authors posted at BookWorks.
Kathryn Goldman presents Illustrating a book? Know your rights to protect your work. posted at Better Novel Project.
Tara Lazar presents Thinking Outside the Bookstore for Events posted at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).
Bryan Hutchinson presents Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It) posted at Positive Writer.
Carol Tice presents Online Writing Jobs: The Inside Scoop on 17 Job Boards 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 January 22, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Chuck Sambuchino presents 5 Easy Steps to Conquer the Heartache of Rejection posted at Writers Digest.

Jody presents 6 Things I Tell Myself Once I’m Done Writing a Book posted at Jody Hedlund.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena presents A Mission in response to Visual Prompt #1953 – Decision Point.

Lady Lee Manila presents The Rules of Magic in response to Prompt #1964 The Rules of Magic.
Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents We The People posted at View from the Winepress.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal #writingprompt 52: Power posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Resources

Idea Ranker worksheet provided by Eva Deverell.

Writing Tips

Anthony Ehlers presents Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 24: How Important Is Style In A Story? posted at Writers Write.

Christine Frazier presents MuggleNet Academia Podcast: How to Write Like Rowling posted at Better Novel Project.

Editor presents Short Prose Genres: Defining Essay, Short Story, Commentary, Memoir, and Mixed Genre posted at Writer’s Relief.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Tips for Better Business Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Faye Kirwin presents DON’T PANIC! WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MANY STORY IDEAS posted at Writerology.

Janice Hardy presents Revealing a Character’s Past Without Falling Into Backstory posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents How to Write the Perfect Plot (in 2 Easy Steps) posted at Word Play.

Joe Kawano presents WHY WE WRITE STORIES posted at Launch Your Universe.

Linda Gilden presents Article Writing Basics posted at The Write Conversation.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Project in Depth, GHOST TALKERS, by Mary Robinette Kowal.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Finding New Angles on Old Ideas.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Planes, Clickbait, and Google Buy Buttons.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Writing Sane & Healthy.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Man of Steel — Delineating Character Dimension.

Visual Arts

Editor presents MONICA ROHAN posted at I Need a Guide.

Journaling

Dolly Garland presents Journaling Exercise: What Is Your Relationship With Your Body…Beyond the Surface posted at Kaizen Journaling.

The Business of Creativity

Editors presents Art Sales Strategy: Create Urgency posted at Arts Business Institute.

Ali Luke presents How I Make a Living as an Online Writer (And How You Could Too) posted at AliVentures.

Susan Breen presents Prepping for a Pitch Conference posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Carol Tice presents The One Big Reason You Need a Freelance Writer Community posted at Productive Writers.

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 January 8, 2017. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

Announcements

I’m very honored to announce that The Writing Reader was named One of the Top Writing Blogs to Read over at WordCounter. Thank you so much!

The Creative Mindset

David presents Samurai Concepts For Creators posted at davidjrogersftw.

Carrie presents Your creativity probably won’t save the world posted at Carrie Mallon.

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

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

Joe Kawano presents Stories are Seeded by Hope posted at Launch Your Universe.

Megan Ray Nichols presents 6 PERSONALITY TRAITS OF THE CREATIVE WRITER posted at Writerology.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena presents The Man who knew no Love in response to Prompt #1936 Healing the Wound.

Ann WJ White presents The Smithy in response to Prompt #1942 Visual Prompt of the Week – The Smithy.

LADYLEEMANILA presents Prompt #1956 Visual Prompt – Rose Parade in response to Prompt #1956 Visual Prompt – Rose Parade.

 

 

 

 

Sharing Our Work

Greg presents Instead of New Year’s Resolutions this year… posted at Greg Masters.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal 51: Santa, a Pirate?! posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Resources

AirTable presents Novel Planning Database.

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Should You Write Faster? Here’s What Four Indie Authors Do (Plus My Take) posted at Aliventures.

Stephanie Orges presents How to Fix Your Sagging Plot posted at Be Kind, Rewrite.

Mark Nichol presents 10 Types of Transitions posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents Set Up or Start Up? Making Critical Character Traits Part of Your Plot posted at Fiction University.

Jody presents 3 Tips to Help Increase Writing Output posted at Jody Hedlund.

CS Lakin presents How to Create a Powerful Image System for Your Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

KM Weiland presents How to Create a Complex Moral Argument for Your Theme posted at Word Play.

Lydia Chricton presents How to Turn Traumatic Experiences Into Fuel For Your Writing posted at Writers Digest.

Editors presents New Writers: 10 Tips To Turn Rejections Into Acceptances posted at Writer’s Relief.

Blogging

Molly Jo Realy presents 5 Simple Ways Counting Kittens Can Boost Your Blog Traffic posted at The Write Conversation.

Amanda Patterson presents A Really Useful Blog Post Template posted at Writers Write.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Elemental Drama as a Sub-Genre.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Write a Novel in a Month: Interview with Grant Faulkner.

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Fantasy in Space.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Trusting the Process to Get Through Tough Writing Snags.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about BitLit, PayPal, and Brand Building.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Self Publishing – Formatting an E-Book.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Columbo – Delineating Character Dimension.

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

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

The Business of Creativity

Niki Breeser Tschirgi presents How I Made and Use My Book Trailer posted at BookWorks.

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

Lidy presents How to Set Up a Blog Tour & Cover Reveal! posted at Paving My Author’s Road.

John Soares presents Why I Did Not Help a Fellow Freelance Writer posted at Productive Writer.

Rachelle presents Traditional or Self Publishing? posted at Rachelle Gardner.

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 December 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.

Announcements

The Carnival will take a break on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. See you back here on January 8, 2017.

The Creative Mindset

Shannon Dittemore presents Why Do YOU Write? posted at Go Teen Writers.

Lesley Vos presents Fear and Loathing in Freelance Blogging: Your 7 Techniques to Smash Them posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Jennifer presents A Peek into How I Manage All My Creative Projects and Ideas posted at Jennifer Loudon.

Michael Nye presents 10 Things Emerging Writers Need To Learn posted at Missouri Review.

Julia Reffner presents Resetting Your Creativity posted at The Writers Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena Saxena presents a story in the comments in response to Prompt #1934 First Line of the Week – Stephanie Burkhart.

Sharing Our Work

Emi Bauer presents What is a Cackle? posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Jena presents Memories of White Christmases Past posted at Painting with Words.

Eula McLeod presents And the Rockets Red Glare posted at View from the Winepress.

David presents Angie posted at davidjrogersftw.

Rob McLeod presents Chilly Out Tonight posted at Florida Cracker Chronicles.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Resources

Gabriela Pereira presents Writing Goals Sheet posted at DIYFMA.

Writing Tips

Mark Nichol presents 7 Cases for Inserting or Omitting Commas posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Janice Hardy presents Working With Multiple POVs and Timelines posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Writing More Than One Book? How to Storyboard with a Sequel in Mind posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Stephanie Orges presents When Editing Goes Too Far posted at Be Kind, ReWrite.

Mia Botha presents 7 Simple Things To Remember About Setting posted at Writers Write.

KM Weiland presents The #1 Tip for How to Write Books Readers Can’t Put Down posted at Word Play.

Pamela Hodges presents 37 Questions to Ask Your Character posted at The Write Practice.

Cyle Young presents 5 Ways to Write Using the Five Senses—Taste posted at The Write Conversation.

Blogging

Ali Luke presents How to Quickly and Easily Create Plenty of Blog Post Ideas posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Nina Amir presents Use Content Curation to Build Expert Status posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Characterization and Differentiation, with Robin Hobb.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Video Game Writing and Writing While Keeping Your Day Job with Justin Sloan.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Disruption, Grazing, and Worst-Case Scenarios.

This week’s podcast at JoinedUp is all about Creating a book cover.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about Batman v Superman vs Captain America Civil War — 2: Cast Polarization.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Gorgeous Patterns of the Sea: Macro Photographs of Starfish by Alexander Semenov posted at This is Colossal.

The Business of Creativity

Elizabeth presents Distributing Free Books posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Penny Sensevieri presents How to Create a Website That Works in 10 Easy Steps posted at Book Works.

Jody presents Can Traditional and Indie Publication Live as Friendly Neighbors? posted at Jody Hedlund.

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

Staff presents Why It Pays To Be A Nice Writer posted at Writers Relief.

Jo Linsdell presents How To Deal With Copyright Infringement posted at Writers and Authors.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for the January 8 Carnival of Creativity by Friday January 6 at midnight!