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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 14, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Anne Truitt on Resisting the Label “Artist” and the Difference Between Doing Art and Being an Artist posted at Brain Pickings.

Drew presents 5 Ways to Rediscover your Art and Reclaim your Passion posted at Skinny Artist.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents As We Express Gratitude posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Art Quote of the Week

The best art … makes the world feel a little bit less terrifying, it makes things feel a little more intertwined…-Shepard Fairey

Writing Tips

Larry Brooks presents Infusing your Fiction With Heart and Soul: An Exercise posted at Story Fix.

Maeve Maddux presents What’s Your Novel’s Log Line? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Lauren presents The One Mistake Writers Make That Can Ruin Their Characters posted at Laren Sapala.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Structure Advice for Wordsmiths: Why Good Writing Comes After Good Structure When Developing Your Book posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Chrys Fey presents Naming Fictional Towns and Cities posted at Write with Fey.

Amy Christine Parket presents Learning to be an Unapologetic ‘Planster’ posted at Fiction University.

KM Weiland presents The Impact Character: Why Every Character Arc Needs One posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Nina Munteanu presents Choosing Your Tense…and Keeping It posted at Amazing Stories.

Nicole Miller presents Writing Tips: How to Beat Writer’s Block and Create a Sticky Writing Habit posted at Buffer.

Monica M. Clark presents Read Memoirs to Understand Character Motivation posted at The Write Practice.

Melissa Donovan presents From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Rock and Rhyme (Poetry) posted at Writing Forward.

Bill Ferris presents Why You Need To Write a Series posted at Writer Unboxed.

Veronica Bale presents Reinventing the Cliché Write What You Know posted at Romance University.

Kat Flannery presents 5 How-To Tips for Writing Historical Fiction posted at Live Write Thrive.

Becca Puglisi presents 11 Novelist-Tested Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Carol Tice presents Is This Insidious Affliction Shrinking Your Freelance Writing Income? posted at Make a Living Writing.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 9 Tips on How to Tell the Scariest Story Ever (Halloween or Any Time) posted at Positive Writer.

Christine presents 6 Writing ‘Rules’ that Even Bestselling Authors Break posted at Better Novel Project.

SG Rogers presents Welcome To My Worlds – One Author’s Approach to Building Fantasy Worlds posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jane presents How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché posted at Jane Friedman.

Blogging

Kevin presents The Four Stages of Growing a Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about Practical Strategies to Build Your Platform .

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

Videos

What is being creative? from Kristian Ulrich Larsen on Vimeo.

Visual Arts

Editor presents The Daily Muse: David Fullarton, Visual Artist and Illustrator posted at Elusive Muse.

Journaling

Lisa Vollrath presents What is an Art Journal? posted at Go Make Something.

Debra presents What makes us laugh? Tonight’s journal writing exercise posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Joanna Penn presents Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh posted at The Creative Penn.

Elizabeth presents Getting Reviews 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 December 7, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Tam presents 5 Ways to Get Trhough Creative Block posted at Willowing.

Martice Smith II presents Five Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered posted at Mixed Media Art.

Katrina Schwartz presents Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians posted at MindShift.

Jeff DeGraff, PhD presents How to Create Better Ideas Faster posted at Psychology Today.

LL Barkat presents You’ve Got Hate Mail: How to Deal with (Annoying) Critics posted at Jane Friedman.

Rachael presents 16 Things to Do When Your Creative Mojo Has Left The Building posted at Rachael Rice.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Natural Beauty posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Fear of failure and criticism can be crippling. Don’t let others’ negativity take away your joy. ~Lee Hammond

Writing Tips

Benjamin Clayborne presents Assessing Your Writing – How Do You Know When It’s Good? posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jo presents Creative Yin and Yang: Making Time for Writing while Riding the Waves of Creativity posted at Inspire Portal.

Lizzie presents How To Stay Motivated Whilst Writing posted at Wanderful World.

Mooderino presents What Is Your Story Missing? posted at Moody Writing.

KM Weiland presents Writing Epic Love Stories posted at Romance University.

Ricky L. Brown presents A Matter of Fact – Getting it Right posted at Amazing Stories.

Maria Popova presents The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine posted at Brain Pickings.

Melissa Donovan presents A Selection of Journal Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Becca Puglisi presents Kick it up a Notch: Top Tips on Writing a Page-Turning Novel posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Janice Hardy presents On Tonight’s Episode: Fixing Episodic Chapters posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents You Need to Ask this Question Every Time You Sit Down to Write posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents Showing Settings through the Eyes of Your Characters posted at Live Write Thrive.

Meg Rosoff presents Why You Don’t Need to Rush Your Writing posted at Writer Unboxed.

Marcy McKay presents 2 Insanely Simple Steps For Becoming A REAL Writer posted at Positive Writer.

Larry Brooks presents Have You Written Yourself Into a Corner? posted at Story Fix.

Christine presents Tell it Like it Isn’t: Two Moments for Withholding Information posted at Better Novel Project.

Blogging

Debbie Dragon presents 6 Tips for Writing for Web Readers posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Writing for Enfranchised Readers.

Video

Visual Arts

Kate Leonard presents 5 creative ways to fill your sketchbook posted at Illustration Friday.

Christopher Jobson presents Dreamlike Conceptual Self-Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents A Rainy day journal writing session: Ten writing prompts posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Editor presents Build Your Artist Credentials posted at Art Business Institute.

Steph Weber presents One Writer’s Fear-Busting Journey to $1,500 a Month in Blogging Gigs posted at Make a Living Writer.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 30, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society posted at Brain Pickings.

Susan K. Perry, PhD presents 5 Artistic Ways to Get Your Creativity Unstuck posted at Psychology Today.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents Every Day Brings a Choice posted at Create a Brilliant Life.

Writing Quote of the Week

“We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer’s job is to see what’s behind it, to see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words—not just into any words but if we can, into rhythm and blues.” – Anne Lamott

Resources

The Advanced Marketing Institute provides the Emotional Marketing Value Analyzer to help you tweak your blog headlines and article titles.

Writing Tips

John Soares presents The Top 27 Ways to Boost Your Writing Willpower posted at Productive Writing.

Bill Johnson presents Putting the Tense in Narrative Tension posted at Story Fix.

Angela Ackerman presents Boost Story Conflict By Exploring The Dark Side of Your Hero’s Best Qualities posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Chrys Fey presents Chapter Titles posted at Write with Fey.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Prioritize Your Writing Ideas posted at Writing Forward.

Nina Munteanu presents Beating Today’s “S” Curve (or Why an Editor is Every Writer’s Best Friend) posted at Amazing Stories.

Warren Adler presents On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists posted at Live Write Thrive.

Barry Knister presents Your Characters’ Names: Do You Know Why You Chose Them? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents How Not to Start a Novel: Four Things to Avoid on Page One posted at Anne R. Allen.

Emily Wenstrom presents One Surprising Way to Write Better posted at The Write Practice.

Charlie Jane Anders presents How To Create A Killer Opening For Your Science Fiction Short Story posted at io9.

Brian Klem presents How to Give Your Character an Authentic Dialect posted at Writer’s Digest.

Dave King presents It’s a funny world. posted at Writer Unboxed.

Christine presents What Michelangelo Taught Me About Writer’s Doubt posted at Positive Writer.

Brian DeLeonard presents Bridging the Gap Between Author and Character posted at Mythic Scribes.

Justin P Lambert presents Are You Cutting With Shears or a Chainsaw? posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Meredith Resnick presents The 5-Question [Book/Acquisitions Editor] Interview: Jessica Gadsden posted at The Writer’s Inner Journey.

Blogging

Seth Waite presents Writing Powerful Short Posts posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hiding the Open Grave.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Deb presents Five journal writing prompts for this evening posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 9 :: From My Heart To Yours posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Tracy presents A few prompts posted at Sojourner.

The Business of Creativity

Editor presents 10-Point Checklist for an Awesome Art Website posted at Arts Business Institute.

Lisa presents Why Thank You is the Creative Nonfiction Writer’s All-Purpose Response to Critics and Admirers Alike posted at Lisa Romeo Writes.

Carol Tice presents How to Get Hired When You Apply for Online Freelance Writing Jobs posted at How to Make a Living Writing.

Marcy Kennedy presents 7 Reasons Twitter Isn’t Building Your Author Platform (And How to Fix It) posted at Jane Friedman.

Pooja Lohana presents How To Make Great Money In Freelance Writing – 3 Surefire Ways posted at Writers Village.

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 November 23, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Editor presents Meditation makes you more creative posted at Science Daily.

Lauren presents 3 Ways Writers Can Stay Creative And Protect Their Mental Health posted at Lauren Sapala.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #10 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

Art is the overflow of emotion into action. ~Brian Raif

Creativity Prompt

Liz Langley presents Animal Myths From Around the World posted at National Geographic.

Resources

Artists Network is offering a free download for on Pencil Shading Techniques.

Writing Tips

Michael J. Sullivan presents Starting out Strong – How to Write a Killer Opening posted at Mythic Scribes.

Maeve Maddux presents Parallel Construction posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Medical Doctors posted at Write with Fey.

Becca Puglisi presents How to Keep your Story Moving and Your Character Believable posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Melissa Donovan presents Are You Dedicated to Better Writing? posted at Writing Forward.

Maria Popova presents Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer posted at Brain Pickings.

Nina Munteanu presents Make Your Openings Count posted at Amazing Stories.

Elizabeth presents Writing Our Region—Without Overdoing It posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

CS Lakin presents How Settings and Locale Shape Us and the Characters We Create posted at Live Write Thrive.

Jeffrey Whitney presents Want to Write Better Dialogue? Break the Rules posted at The Write Practice.

Darcy Pattison presents Evergreen Characters: Populating a Series With Characters Who Never Get Old posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Warren Adler presents On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists posted at Writer Unboxed.

Maria MacKenzie presents A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Writing Dialogue posted at Romance University.

Rita Wilson, MPH presents Memoir Writing Bridges Past and Present posted at Psychology Today.

Mooderino presents Romancing the Reader posted at Moody Writing.

Larry Brooks presents Getting Published: The Genre-Concept Connection posted at Story Fix.

Sally Ember EdD presents Ten Ways To Find A Great Writing Community On The Web posted at Writers Village.

Blogging

Adrienne Carlson presents 5 Things to Know When Starting Your Blog posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jane presents What Should Authors Blog About? posted at Jane Friedman.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Conversations with a Bookseller.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters 1950s Advertising and Fashion Photography with Hand-Stitched Embroidery posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Debra presents When you feel discouraged…achieving your dreams by continuing to show up posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 8 :: Floooow posted at Dirty Footprint Studio.

Tracy Woodsford presents Journal exercises posted at Sojourner.

The Business of Creativity

Marcy Kennedy presents 5 Guidelines for Approaching Book Review Bloggers posted at Fiction University.

Editor presents Does Discounting Hurt Your Art Business? posted at Arts Business Institute.

Bryan Hutchinson presents What I Learned From Screwing-up My Book Cover Design posted at Positive Writer.

Kim Barloso presents No Freelance Writing Gigs? Here are 7 Ways to Stay Productive posted at Make a Living Writing.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Self-Publishing: No Longer Just the “Vanity” Option for Today’s First-Time Authors posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 16, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Art, Inc.: A Field Guide to the Psychology and Practicalities of Becoming a Successful Artist posted at Brain Pickings.

Robin LaFevers presents The Surprising Importance of Doing Nothing posted at Writer Unboxed.

Molly Castelloe presents When a Painting Opens a Spiritual Path posted at Psychology Today.

Quinn presents Controlling the Tricky Muse posted at Quinn Creative.

Mihir Patkar presents Treat Starting, Not Finishing, As Your Greatest Success posted at Life Hacker.

Jenniebellie presents How to Get On *& Stay On* a Creative ROLL posted at Jenniebellie’s Studio.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #8 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity can come from uncertainty and a bit of angst. ~David Curtis

Resources

Alison Burke presents a free online class Finding Your Muse.

Writing Tips

Jennifer Moline presents 6 Tips for Focusing When Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Chrys Fey presents Two Character Perspectives posted at Write with Fey.

Alex presents How to Create Drama and Story Plot Without a Single Facebook Entry: Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” posted at Ride the Pen.

Melissa Donovan presents 10 Reasons Writers Should Learn Good Grammar posted at Writing Forward.

KM Weiland presents Can a Character’s Arc Be a Subplot? posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Elizabeth presents Using Critical Reviews as Resources posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents Writing Basics: The Inciting Event posted at Fiction University.

Liz Bureman presents Finagle’s Law: A Writer’s Guide posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves (and How to Learn from Their Mistakes) posted at Live Write Thrive.

Larry Brooks presents Storytelling in Context to… What? posted at Story Fix.

Shanan Haislip presents 6 Weird but Awesome Hacks for a Happy Writing Life posted at Positive Writer.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Detail That Matters and Detail That Doesn’t: Why the First Makes Your Writing Come Alive and the Second Dulls the Shine posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Lauren presents 5 Things Beta Readers Should Know Before They Agree To The Task posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jodie Renner presents Six Fast Ways To Sharpen Your Stories posted at Writers Village.

Olivia La Bianca presents The Map of Your Manuscript’s Quest posted at Novel Publicity.

Blogging

Seth Apter presents The Sound of Authenticity posted at The Altered Page.

Barry Pearman presents How to Wow Your Audience with the Right Image posted at Goins Writer.

Aditya Mahesh presents 4 Ways To Promote Your Blog Offline posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Disability in Narrative.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Surreal Worlds Digitally Painted by Gediminas Pranckevicius posted at This is Colossal.

Ann presents Living with Art: Ten Tips for Making a Magnificent Masterboard posted at Wonderstrange.

Journaling

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 7 :: Experiment posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Debra presents Acting “as if”- what if we had no fear? posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Michael J. Sullivan presents Dear Self-published authors, it’s your turn to listen up posted at Amazing Stories.

Kimberly Kincaid presents What to Expect When You’re Expecting Your First Book posted at Romance University.

Carol Tice presents Which Freelance Writing Tips Have Helped You Most? posted at Make a Living Writing.

ABI presents Too Busy? When to Delegate posted at Art Business Institute.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 9, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are posted at Brain Pickings.

Isaac Asimov presents How Do People Get New Ideas? posted at Technology Review.

Kelly presents Trusting Yourself and the Process posted at Kelly Kilmer.

Ken presents 3 Ways to Discover Your Strengths posted at Kenneth Lange.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #8 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

“It is time for writers to admit that nothing in this world makes sense. Only fools and charlatans think they know and understand everything. The stupider they are, the wider they conceive their horizons to be. And if an artist decides to declare that he understands nothing of what he sees–this in itself constitutes a considerable clarity in the realm of thought, and a great step forward.”—Anton Chekhov

Resources

Tweak Your Biz provides bloggers and article writers with fodder for their writing with the Title Generator.

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents Poetry Writing Exercises: Alliteration and Assonance posted at Writing Forward.

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

Neal Abbott presents 3 Reasons You Should Consider Writing a Novella Right Now posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Lesley J. Vos presents Writing A Novelette: 5 Myths Debunked posted at Fiction University.

Maggie Touissant presents Pacing Can Make or Break Your Story posted at Romance University.

CS Lakin presents Setting with a Purpose posted at Live Write Thrive.

Sheila Kohler presents How To Write A Great Beginning posted at Psychology Today.

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.

Art Holcomb presents Eight Fundamental Steps to being a Professional Writer posted at Story Fix.

Lauren presents Why Do Some Writers Have So Much Trouble Actually Writing? posted at Lauren Sapala.

Anthony Metivier presents Writers’ Block? How To Turn It Into Story Gold! posted at Writers Village.

Laurie Scheer presents How to Tell If Your Story Idea Is Mediocre—And How to Improve It posted at Jane Friedman.

Anne Marie Gazzolo presents How to Write Captivating Villains posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jenni Chapelle presents How to Write Compelling and Balanced Backstory posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jeff Goins presents How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 14 Tricks That Work posted at Goins Writer.

Steven presents Man versus Man: Four Forms posted at Steven M Long.

Warren Adler presents On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists posted at Novel Publicity.

Mooderino presents Do Spoilers Spoil Stories? posted at Moody Writing.

Steven presents The Second Act Belongs to the Villain posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Claire de Boer presents 5 Ways to Know if You are Ready to Write Your Story posted at The Gift of Writing.

Blogging

Oscar Del Ben presents Challenge: Write 100 Post Ideas for Your Blog (Today!) posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Joe Bunting presents 10 Painless Steps to Writing a Blog Post that Connects with Your Readers posted at The Write Practice.

ABI presents 12 Great Blog Topics for Artists posted at Art Business Institute.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Tools for Writing from Oral Storytelling.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Meticulous Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White posted at This is Colossal.

Moira McLaughlin presents 10 Tips on Starting an Artists Collective posted at Dog Art Today.

Elise Wehle presents cut paper collages by Elise Wehle posted at I Need a Guide.

Paivi presents Can You Draw? posted at Peony and Parakeet.

Journaling

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Art Journaling Week Welcome posted at Balzer Designs.

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

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 6 :: Morning Pages posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Quinn presents Difference Between a Visual and Commonplace Journal posted at Quinn Creative.

The Business of Creativity

Cedar Anderson presents Fresh Eyes on Cover Art posted at Amazing Stories.

Jeanette presents Amazon Kindle Matchbook For Authors: Prepare Now posted at Dr. Jeanette Cates.

Lisa Cron presents How a Book Coach Can Jumpstart Your Writing Career posted at Writer Unboxed.

Bryan Hutchinson presents 9 Ways to Promote Your Writing Without Being a Jerk posted at Positive Writer.

Carol Tice presents 7 Inspiring Posts For Fearful Freelance Writers posted at Make a Living Writing.

Joanna Penn presents How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing posted at The Creative Penn.

Jonathan Gunson presents Let Your Green-Eyed Monster Make You Insanely Successful posted at Bestseller Labs.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for November 2, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents On Confidence and Creating posted at Balzer Designs.

Cathy Yardley presents How To Power Your Life And Achieve Your Goals – By Writing Stories posted at Writers Village.

Carrie presents How to Evaluate Your Creative Thinking posted at Artist Think.

Claire de Boer presents How to Quiet Your Inner Critic posted at The Gift of Writing.

Sharing Our Work

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #7 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Art Quote of the Week

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. -Helen Frankenthaler

Writing Tips

Ciele Edwards presents How to Write Battle Scenes posted at Mythic Scribes.

Maria Popova presents Nietzsche’s 10 Rules for Writers posted at Brain Pickings.

KM Weiland presents How to Figure Out WHAT Your Character’s Arc Should Be posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Melissa Donovan presents How to Become a Better Writer posted at Writing Forward.

Janice Hardy presents Painting a Scene vs Dramatizing a Scene posted at Fiction University.

The Magic Violinist presents Three Guidelines for Writing Villains posted at The Write Practice.

Katherine Pickett presents Easy Tips to Help You Save Money on That Necessary Edit posted at Live Write Thrive.

Sheila Kohler presents Seven Secrets of Narrative Technique posted at Psychology Today.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Placing Backstory: When It Helps and When It Hinders posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Heather Webb presents When the Gazillionth Pass Through Your Manuscript Tries to Kill You posted at Romance University.

Marcy McKay presents The 3 Essentials That Determine Your Writing Success posted at Positive Writer.

Lauren presents Why Writers Should Listen To Readers, Not Publishers posted at Lauren Sapala.

Larry Brooks presents My First “What if?” Moment posted at Story Fix.

Mooderino presents The Problems of First Person Narrative posted at Moody Writing.

Elizabeth presents Add an Element of Mystery to Every Genre posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Jane presents How True and Factual Does Your Memoir Have to Be? 5 Principles posted at Jane Friedman.

Shawn Coyne presents Go Dark posted at Steven Pressfield Online.

Blogging

David Turnbull presents 37 Ways to Make Blogging Easier posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Jeff Goins presents 3 Reasons Why You Read Those Ridiculous Lists on the Internet posted at Goins Writer.

Julia Ogden presents Want to Hook Your Readers? Apply These 10 Principles to Create Captivating News Stories posted at CopyBlogger.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Getting in the Writer’s Mindset with Peter Beagle.

This week’s podcast at Accidental Creative is all about Alone With Your Thoughts.

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 5 :: Limit Yourself posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Debra presents A mind stretched by a new idea posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

The Business of Creativity

Jennifer Moline presents Why Freelance Writers Need an Evergreen Stable of Writing posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Cedar Sanderson presents The Power of Free posted at Amazing Stories.

Sophie Masson presents On Stage: Talking about Writing posted at Writer Unboxed.

Carol Tice presents 5 Simple Ways to Build Great Writer-Editor Relationships posted at Make a Living Writing.

Brooke Warner presents When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor? posted at Warner Coaching.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for October 26, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Jeanette Winterson on Time, Language, Reading, and How Art Creates a Sanctified Space for the Human Spirit posted at Brain Pickings.

Harriet Lerner, PhD presents Five Ways Writing Can Make You Braver and Happier posted at Psychology Today.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Finding the Time to Create posted at Balzer Designs.

Tara presents how to find time for art in a busy life posted at Tara Leaver.

Todd Henry presents A Simple Question That Will Keep You Inspired posted at The Accidental Creative.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Diedre Knight presents A Sneaky Inception in response to Prompt #1180 Word of the Week – Incipient.

Sharing Our Work

Chrys Fey presents Cancer Can’t / The Big C Blog Hop posted at Write with Fey.

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #6 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Freedom to me is a luxury of being able to follow the path of the heart, to keep the magic in your life. Freedom is necessary for me in order to create, and if I cannot create I don’t feel alive. -Joni Mitchell

Creativity Prompt

Carrie Brummer presents 10 Creative Prompts for Thumbnail Sketching posted at Artist Think.

Eric Grundhauser presents articletitle posted at Atlas Obscura.

Resources

100 Creative Actions from Andria at Drawing Near.

Writing Tips

Elizabeth presents Goals: On Setting the Bar Low posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Melissa Donovan presents Creative Writing Activities posted at Writing Forward.

KM Weiland presents The Crash: Braving Your Second Draft posted at Helping Writers Become Authors.

Janice Hardy presents It’s an Improvement: Five Ways to Kick Your Writing up a Notch posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents The Strongest Form of Characterization posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents The Secret to Crafting Genuine Characters for Your Novel posted at Live Write Thrive.

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.

Warren Adler presents Words of Advice for The Aspiring Writer posted at Positive Writer.

Siobhan Adcock presents Why Every 1st Novel Should Be a Ghost Story posted at Writer Unboxed.

Lauren presents The Difficulty Writers Have With Identity posted at Lauren Sapala.

Larry Brooks presents What is Past is Prologue posted at Story Fix.

Becca Puglisi presents Characters with No Arc? posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Melissa Cornwell presents 5 Ways Writing Fanfiction Can Help the Beginning Writer posted at Mythic Scribes.

Clair de Boer presents On Writing Memoir: Where to Begin posted at The Gift of Writing.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents 20 Tips for Coming Up with Fresh Ideas posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Madeline Iva presents Starting a Group Blog posted at Romance University.

Jeff Goins presents Why You Should Start a Blog (Even If You’re Not a Writer) posted at Goins Writer.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at The Creative Penn is all about Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick.

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

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents New Conceptual Fine Art Photography from Oleg Oprisco posted at This is Colossal.

Kate Leonard presents Create Your Own Inspiration Mood Board posted at Illustration Friday.

Stephanie presents Why I Believe That You’re An Artist Too posted at Stephanie Levy.

Vicky Papaioannou presents Art Journaling 101 Series – Gesso posted at Clips-n-Cuts.

Nolwenn presents 4 things I learned regarding Art Journaling posted at Inner Voices.

Journaling

Jen presents Journal prompt: The ‘stop doing’ list posted at Journaling Dangerously.

Quinn McDonald presents This Little Journal Stayed Home posted at QuinnCreative.

Debra presents What comforts, nurtures, and soothes you? posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 4 :: Oil Pastel Love posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

The Business of Creativity

Ali Hale presents Freelance Writing 101 posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Douglas Smith presents A Brave New World: The indie publishing option for short fiction (cont’d) posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents How I Got Magazine Writing Gigs From All 3 of My Dream Markets posted at Make a Living Writing.

Nigel da Salva presents How To Sell Your Story: The Zombie Ice-Cream Wagon Gambit posted at Writers Village.

Jonathan Gunson presents 275,000 Amazon Book Sales – After 14 Publishers Tell Her “It Won’t Sell.” posted at Bestseller Labs.

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 October 19, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Ray Bradbury on Failure, Why We Hate Work, and the Importance of Love in Creative Endeavors posted at Brain Pickings.

Gregory Ciotti presents 5 Common Creativity Killers posted at Psychology Today.

Writing Quote of the Week

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” ~ Alan Watts

Sharing our Work

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

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #5 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Tips

Melissa Donovan presents A Few, Good Writing Tips to Keep You on Your Toes posted at Writing Forward.

KM Weiland presents Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories posted at Story Fix.

Janice Hardy presents An Unpredictable (and Fun)Trick to Keep Your Plots Unpredictable posted at Fiction University.

Joe Bunting presents This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time posted at The Write Practice.

CS Lakin presents Nailing Your Novel’s Genre in Your Opening Scene posted at Live Write Thrive.

Renita D’Silva presents Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned on the Path to Publication posted at Romance University.

Lauren presents How Writers Damage Their Own Self-Esteem, And Don’t Even Know They’re Doing It posted at Lauren Sapala.

Jonathan Gunson presents Don’t Let the “Play-It-Safers” Talk You Out Of Your Writing Potential posted at Bestseller Labs.

Katrina Kittle presents I’d Know That Voice Anywhere posted at Writer Unboxed.

John Yeoman presents How To Open Your Story: Three Dynamic Ways posted at Writers Village.

Simon Kewin presents 33 Writing Terms You Should Know posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Getting Started Again: Writers’ Tips for When You Get Stuck posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Angela Ackerman presents 5 Steps To Find Your Book’s Ideal Audience posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Joanna Penn presents Q&A Time: My Journey, Writing Routine, Author Platform Tips, Global Publishing And Mistakes posted at The Creative Penn.

Mooderino presents Story Structure: Pity, Fear, Catharsis posted at Moody Writing.

Jeff Goins presents Three Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit posted at Goins Writer.

Elizabeth presents Write Mysteries for Kids… for the Right Reasons posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents 6 Steps To An Effective Guest Post posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Sonia Simone presents The 7 Keys to List Posts that Are Worth Writing (and Reading) posted at CopyBlogger.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Extraordinary Scenes Hand-Cut from Rice Paper by Bovey Lee posted at This is Colossal.

Journaling

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Art Journal Every Day: A Seven Day Plan posted at Balzer Designs.

Debra presents What is causing you to lose sleep? Start a sleep journal to gain awareness. posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 3 :: Get It Out, Get It Down posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

Claire de Boer presents 15 Minutes per Day can Change Your Life posted at The Gift of Writing.

Marianne Ingheim Rossi presents 3 tips for journaling posted at Journaling for Your Life.

Kate Robertson presents Art Journaling Wisdom – My version posted at Queen of Creativity.

The Business of Creativity

Douglas Smith presents A Brave New World: The indie publishing option for short fiction posted at Amazing Stories.

Carol Tice presents How Getting Rejected Made Me a Better Freelance Writer posted at Make a Living Writing.

Spam of the Week

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 October 12, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

Announcements

Calling all writers! The Vocabuverse is now opening its doors for any writer/songwriter who wants to have a go at submitting their own material to this amazing universe of words!.

The Creative Mindset

Maria Popova presents Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting posted at Brain Pickings.

Art Quote of the Week

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe

Sharing Our Work

Eula presents Listening to the Lullaby posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents The Scattered Life Collective #4 posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Tips

Larry Brooks presents Last Minute NaNoWrMo Tips posted at Story Fix.

Cedar Sanderson presents Writing on Paper posted at Amazing Stories.

Emily Wenstrom presents 3 Essential Questions for Better Backstory posted at The Write Practice.

Janice Hardy presents Real Life Diagnostics: Is This Prologue Working? posted at Fiction University.

Susan K. Perry, PhD presents The Writing Life: 8 New Tips posted at Psychology Today.

KM Weiland presents What Jane Eyre Can Teach You About Mind-Blowing Heroines posted at The Procrastiwriter.

Melissa Donovan presents A Selection of Poetry Prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts posted at Writing Forward.

Angela Ackerman presents How To Mine Your Dreams For Story Gold posted at Writers Helping Writers.

CS Lakin presents Don’t Abuse the Dot-Dot-Dots posted at Live Write Thrive.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Importance of Action: Do You Have Enough Happening? posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Bryan Hutchinson presents How To Become A Better Writer Every-Single-Day posted at Positive Writer.

Lauren presents 5 Secrets To Hitting Your Writing Goals posted at Lauren Sapala.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell presents Braiding Your Story posted at Romance University.

Anne Greenwood Brown presents Collaboration posted at Writer Unboxed.

Renee Vaughn presents How to turn a mid-book crisis into a writing triumph posted at Writers Village.

Mooderino presents Where to Start Your Story (Exactly) posted at Moody Writing.

Maeve Maddux presents What To Do About Non-standard English posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Elizabeth presents Story Signposts posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

A. Howitt presents Help! I Accidentally Wrote a Novel posted at Mythic Scribes.

Jo presents 9 Practices to Inspire Your Writing in an Instant posted at Inspire Portal.

Blogging

Daniel Scocco presents Using Formulas to Generate Ideas for Blog Posts posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer presents Some Thoughts on Blogging posted at Balzer Designs.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Fan Writing, with Christopher J. Garcia.

Videos

Visual Arts

Christopher Jobson presents Dramatic Stainless Steel Wire Fairies by Robin Wight posted at This is Colossal.

Jerry’s Blog Squad presents 25 More Perfect Reasons Why Being an Artist is the Best posted at The Splatter.

Tara presents what’s your style? :: exploring drawing {part two} posted at Tara Leaver.

Journaling

Debra presents Some journal work for tonight…. recalling and focusing on the good from today posted at The Warm Milk Journal.

Connie presents Art Journal Wisdom :: Day 2 :: The Blank Page posted at Dirty Footprints Studio.

The Business of Creativity

Deb Mitchell presents How I Broke Out of a Freelancing Slump by Breaking All the Rules posted at Renegade Writer.

Carol Tice presents 37 Essential Freelance Writing Terms You Need to Know posted at How to Make a Living Writing.

Joanna Penn presents Lessons Learned From 3 Years As An Author-Entrepreneur posted at The Creative Penn.

Jeff Goins presents Yes, You Can and Should Self-publish (Here’s Everything You Need to Know) posted at Goins Writer.

Dale Anne Potter presents How do you Market (Self-Promote) Yourself as an Artist? posted at Spreading Positive Creativity.

John Soares presents Does a Freelance Writer Need a Post Office Box? posted at Productive Writers.

Ken presents 6 Ways to Increase Your Industry Knowledge posted at Kenneth Lange.

Credit

Photo Credit: Lady Dragonfly 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!