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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.

 

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 1, 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

Judith Coche, PhD presents “I Think I Can…I Think I Can”: The Creative Spirit posted at Psychology Today.

Päivi Eerola presents Get the Most Out of Art Critique posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1306 First Line of the Week – Robin McKinley. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Sharing Our Work

Amanda LJ presents Happy Feet posted at Accessible Action.

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #15 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. Picasso

Writing Tips

John Yeoman presents Three Ways To Close Your Stories With Panache – And Win Awards! posted at Writers Village.

Anne Leonard presents Why The Best Fantasy Stories Include Mundane Everyday Life posted at io9.

Amy Paturel presents The Top 5 Mistakes Even Smart Essayists Make posted at The ASJA Word.

Mark Nichol presents 50 Rhetorical Devices for Rational Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Maria Popova presents A Book Is a Heart That Only Beats in the Chest of Another: Rebecca Solnit on the Solitary Intimacy of Reading and Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Chrys Fey presents The Ultimate Editing List posted at Write with Fey.

Lisa Cron presents A Reader’s Manifesto: 12 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has posted at Writer Unboxed.

Stafanie Gaither presents Setting the Stage: How I Hook Readers From Page One posted at Fiction University.

Matt Herron presents How to Create a Setting Sketch Using Scrivener posted at The Write Practice.

Jack Woodville presents Take Your Writing Seriously posted at Writing Forward.

CS Lakin presents Creating a Strong Voice in Your Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

Phillip Overby presents Learning to Love Editing posted at Mythic Scribes.

Mary Carroll Moore presents When You’re Making Radical Manuscript Changes: A Helpful Technique for Writers posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Emlynd Chand presents Lessons Learned: My 10 Biggest Mistakes as a Self-Published Author posted at Novel Publicity.

Podcasts

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

This week’s podcast at The Accidental Creative is all about 7 Essential Questions To Ask Yourself In 2015.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Dreams, Shots and Kobo Kool-Aid.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Forging Unbreakable Bonds with Readers Who Love You.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about A No Rules Approach to Building Your Author Business – With Jane Friedman.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Audiobooks For Indies With Simon Whistler.

Videos

Visual Arts

Johnny Strategy presents Feathers, Form and Function: New Cut Feather Artwork by Chris Maynard posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Quinn presents Keeping a Journal posted at Quinn Creative.

Debra presents Who are your angels? posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Joel Readence presents 4 Tips to Live a Balanced, Happy Life with Fewer Regrets posted at Tiny Buddha.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Marketing 101: Making Exceptional Covers posted at Amazing Story.

Tessa Shapcott presents To Tweet or Not to Tweet: The Writer’s Social Media Dilemma posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents 5 Ways to Get Your Flaky Freelance Client to Pay Up posted at Make a Living Writing.

Spam of the Week

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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 February 22, 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

James presents The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation (They Do This Instead) posted at James Clear.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Getting Time in Your Every Day for Eminent Creativity: How It’s Different from Everyday Creativity (and Understanding the Demands of Each) posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Jackie Johansen presents How to Transform Your Inner Critic Into an Inner Cheerleader posted at The Write Practice.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Check out Joyce’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1299 First line of the week – Esmi Rowan. Then go Like her Facebook page for her Haiku Happy project.

Check out Win’s response (in the comments) to Prompt #1303 Psychopaths at Happy Hour.

Sharing Our Work

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

Amanda LJ presents One Foot in the Grave posted at Accessible Reaction.

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #14 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

I don’t think we need to narrow down creativity to just mean paintings and music. -Calvin Correli

Creativity Prompt

Melissa Donovan presents 25 Creative Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Writing Tips

Christine Frazier presents 6 Simple Ways to Write a Physical Description posted at Better Novel Project.

Vaughn Roycroft presents Seeking Immersion Conversion posted at Writer Unboxed.

Maria Popova presents The Sense of Style: Psycholinguist Steven Pinker on the Art and Science of Beautiful Writing posted at Brain Pickings.

Summerita Rhayne presents Careers in Romance Novels and How They Affect Characterization posted at Romance University.

Cari Bennette presents Why You Shouldn’t Say ‘Boo’ to Being a Ghostwriter posted at Live Write Thrive.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Alice Leiper presents Using History as Inspiration for Fantasy posted at Mythic Scribes.

Becca Puglisi presents Four Logic Problems that Will Ruin Your Day (and Your Manuscript) posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Alex presents Money vs. Wood: Learning about Subtext and Theme from Chekhov’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ posted at Ride the Pen.

Joanna Penn presents Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor posted at The Creative Penn.

Blogging

Robin Houghton presents How’s your blog doing? Top 5 things to measure and why posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Who Are All These People.

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 Marketing Your Books with the Help of an Audio Partner (with Rachel Fulginiti).

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Creating Your Production Plan for 2015 – With Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Surreal Collages by Eugenia Loli posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents Two reasons to write and three journal prompts posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Some Free Advice posted at Amazing Stories.

Gary Parkes presents Social Media for Authors 101 posted at Fiction University.

Carol Tice presents Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (and What to Do Instead) 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 February 8, 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 Creative Experience: Legendary Choreographer Merce Cunningham on Motion as Metaphor posted at Brain Pickings.

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

Polly Campbell presents Awe is the Secret to a Creative Life posted at Imperfect Spirituality.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Fly Without Wings posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. -Susan Sontag

Writing Tips

Harrison Demchick presents Writing a Convincing Culprit posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Cody Amprim presents Writing Believable Fantasy – A Guide to Keeping It Real posted at Mythic Scribes.

Writers Relief presents 7 Ways to Expertly Edit Your Own Writing posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Marcy Kennedy presents How to Save Money on Editing Your Book posted at Fiction University.

Marcy McKay presents Surviving Criticism without Losing Confidence in Your Writing posted at Positive Writer.

Tiffany Jansen presents How to get the most mileage – and money – out of your writing by double dipping posted at The Renegade Writer.

Cindy Nord presents EMOTIONAL WRITING – Two Simple Words That Wield Great Power posted at Romance University.

Melissa Donovan presents Making the Right Word Choice Makes Your Writing Better posted at Writing Forward.

Liz Bureman presents Why Writers Love Red Herrings: A Brief Guide posted at The Write Practice.

Haley Osborne presents Making Your Title Grab Readers’ Attention posted at Novel Publicity.

Stephanie Orges presents 3 Things the Novelist Can Learn From the Copywriter posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Becca Puglisi presents How Image Systems Can Supercharge a Novel posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Joanna Penn presents Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor posted at The Creative Penn.

Blogging

Edward Khoo presents 10 Tips to Manage Criticism posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about What Do You Mean My Main Character is Boring?.

This week’s podcast at Adventures in Arting is all about Carl is Addicted to Creativity.

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 How to Find Your Ideal Reader.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Using Your Day Job as a Muse for Your Writing – With Lisa Black.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Quinn presents When Your Journal Talks to You posted at Quinn Creative.

Debra presents The Wonderful Mysteries of Life: I wonder…. ten questions to ponder posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Chrys Fey presents How to Create an Author Facebook Page posted at Write with Fey.

Erika Liodice presents 9 Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Promote Your Audiobook posted at Writer Unboxed.

John Weiler presents How I Wised Up After 8 Years and Got My First Freelance Writing Contract 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 February 1, 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

Nathan Ohren is starting a book discussion group in Ventura, California. If you live in the area, check it out!

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on Art as a Mode of Knowing and Its Four Psychological Aspects posted at Brain Pickings.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

OEBooks wrote Vroom! Vroom! Scootin’ Along… in response to Prompt #1279 Visual Prompt of the Week – Scootin’ Along.

Win wrote a comment response to Prompt #1281 Sunday Visiting. Just goes to show you how different Sunday visitin’ can be in different parts of the country!

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #13 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers. — James Baldwin

Creativity Prompt

Joyce presents City in hiding posted at Dragon Writing Prompts.

Writing Tips

Warren Adler presents Writing Sex Scenes for the Non-Genre Novelist posted at Novel Publicity.

Angela Ackerman presents Overcome Your Book Doubts By Asking WHY posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Shanan presents Quit Babying Your Muse posted at ProcrastiWriter.

Lauren presents Each Writer Has A Unique GPS: Are You Using Yours? posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jo presents 8 Tools to Overcome Resistance, Uncertainty, and Let Your Writing Flow posted at Inspire Portal.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Take a Break from Words: How Image Boards Help Your Writing posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Sherry Thomas presents Learning to Love Revisions posted at Fiction University.

Elisabeth Weed presents Advice From My Authors posted at Writer Unboxed.

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

Liz Bureman presents 3 Lessons Gone Girl Teaches Writers About Suspense posted at The Write Practice.

Erin Kellison presents The Mini MacGuffin posted at Romance University.

Jack Woodville London presents Fact or Fiction? How Novelists Can Blend Factual Research with Creative Storytelling posted at Live Write Thrive.

Mark Nichhol presents 5 Keys to Better Sentence Flow posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Larry Brooks presents The Role of Concept in a Real-World Story posted at Story Fix.

A. Howitt presents Memorable Characters and Their Flaws posted at Mythic Scribes.

Blogging

Jonathan Brill presents 10 Things I Wish All Bloggers I Read Would Do posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Blog Post Ideas posted at Write with Fey.

Podcasts

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

This week’s podcast at Tor Rocket Talk is all about Tina Connolly and Brad Beaulieu.

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about What About Me? Avoiding the Comparison Trap.

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

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Creating a New York Times bestseller with Joanna Penn and David Gaughran.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about Learn to Think like an Editor by Using The Story Grid, with Shawn Coyne.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Frenetic Spray-painted Birds by ‘L7m’ posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents What are you clear about? A journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Kelly presents Journal Prompt: List it! posted at Journal Wild.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Marketing 101: Book Launch – 6 months out posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents Why Some Freelance Writers Earn Big Bucks While Most Slave for Peanuts posted at Make a Living Writing.

Spam of the Week

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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 25, 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

Christopher Bergland presents How Can Daydreaming Improve Goal-Oriented Results? posted at Psychology Today.

Sharing Our Work

Ken presents Self-Improvement for Experts posted at Kenneth Lange.

Liz presents Treasure this Moment posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Art Quote of the Week

Serious art is born from serious play. –Julia Cameron

Creativity Prompt

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Astronaut Lights A Candle posted at io9.

Writing Tips

RH Ramsey presents Write what you know? Maybe, Or Maybe Not: 4 Reasons to re-think this common cliche posted at Novel Publicity.

Michael J. Sullivan presents Not All Small Presses Are Equal posted at Amazing Stories.

Janice Hardy presents Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs posted at Fiction University.

Melissa Donovan presents Are You a Stickler for Good Grammar? posted at Writing Forward.

Steven R. Leonard presents How to Write a Humorous Memoir posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Carol Tice presents 3 Proven Strategies Professional Writers Use to Avoid Creative Bankruptcy posted at Make a Living Writing.

CS Lakin presents Dialog: Compressed and Essential posted at Live Write Thrive.

Hansel presents Nix The Naysayers posted at Romance University.

Joe Bunting presents Why I Quit Writing posted at The Write Practice.

Donald Maass presents Pin Connections and the Two Journeys posted at Writer Unboxed.

Maria Popova presents William Faulkner on Writing, the Human Dilemma, and Why We Create: A Rare 1958 Recording posted at Brain Pickings.

Art Holcomb presents An Easy Approach to Story Building: The Bedtime Story Model posted at Story Fix.

Codey Amprim presents Medieval Blunt Weaponry – A Primer for Writers posted at Mythic Scribes.

Bryan Hutchinson presents Why You Need To Do Something Stupid (To Succeed As An Artist) posted at Positive Writer.

Mooderino presents The Reversal posted at Moody Writing.

Jeff Goins presents How to Never Worry About What to Write Again posted at Goins Writer.

Blogging

Jennifer Brown Banks presents Word to the Wise! 5 Ways You’re Working “Harder, not Smarter” posted at Pen and Prosper.

Jill Smokler presents 10 Things Your Blog Doesn’t Need posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Mark Nichol presents 7 Tips for Writing for Online Readers posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Blogging 101 posted at Write with Fey.

Podcasts

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

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland.

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

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about The Pre-Production Process.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about The Business and the Craft of Writing Short Stories, with Barb Goffman.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Textured Cut Paper Illustrations by Morgana Wallace Depict Scenes of Mythology and Dreams posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Alyson presents A Meaningful Journaling Practice posted at Bohol Daily.

Debra presents What are you for? posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Jen presents 5 ways to fill your creative well posted at Journal Wild.

Helen presents Journaling Prompts for Spiritual Growth posted at The Little Sage.

The Business of Creativity

Jane presents Facebook for Authors: Getting Started Guide posted at Jane Friedman.

ABI presents Are You Ready to Start Marketing? posted at Art Business Institute.

Timothy Jahn presents 3 Steps To Achieve Your Art Goals posted at Artists Network.

Image Credit

Mark Chadwick on Flickr

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