Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 19, 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

Ashley Clark presents The Biggest Threat of Rejection posted at The Writers Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Reena presents The Chandelier in response to Prompt #1999 He was the Wind that Bends Trees.

Cheryl Oreglia presents IF ONLY… posted at Prompt #191 Word of the Week – Adamantine.

Rosemary Carlson presents The Trauma posted at Prompt #2030 And then the Nightmares Began.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Creativity Prompt

Nada Adel presents Takhayyal writing prompt 57: Kom Ombo Awakens! posted at Nadaness in Motion.

Writing Tips

Mary Carroll Moore presents The Push to Do Risky Things with Your Writing posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

E.A. presents HOW TO WRITE YOUR FASTEST STORY EVER posted at EA Deverell.

Brian Klems presents How to Write the Last 10% of Your Novel posted at Writer’s Digest.

Cindy Sproul presents CLIFFHANGERS FOR NOVELISTS—TIPS TO USE THEM EFFECTIVELY posted at The Write Conversation.

Melissa Donovan presents Literary Style in Storytelling posted at Writing Forward.

Jami Gold presents The Revision Circle: Does My Story Have Too Many Problems? posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Alex Limberg presents FINISH THAT NOVEL—Tips to Help You Go the Distance posted at Kristen Lamb.

Blogging

Thomas Milva presents How to Protect Your Blog with 5 Simple Steps posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Mythcreants is all about Working With Feedback.

This week’s podcast at Rocking Self-Publishing is all about Superhero Adventure with Percival Constantine.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Hand-Selling Your Book to Potential Readers, with Michael R. Underwood.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Replay of Breakout success with The Martian author Andy Weir and narrator Bob Bray.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Simon Whistler on Starting From Scratch.

This week’s podcast at The Author Biz is all about What Should You Do when your Author Superhero Costume No Longer Fits?.

This week’s podcast at The Story Tool Kit is all about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — Blind Obsessions for Series.

The Business of Creativity

Beth Revis presents Finding Your Path to Publishing posted at Fiction University.

Jane presents What Is a Hybrid Publisher? posted at Jane Friedman.

Jack Joseph presents Who Else Wants to Be Published? posted at Novel Publicity.

Alex Cavanaugh presents When a Publishing Deal Goes South posted at Paving My Author’s Road.

C. Hope Clark presents Are Book Signings Too Old-Fashioned? posted at Funds for Writing.

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

 

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Photo Credit: oh yea on Big Happy Fun House

I didn’t want this day to begin. –All Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Art Prompt: First thing in the morning

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your morning routine and how it supports or hinders you.

Photo Credit: Ludosphère on Flickr

dissident adj
  • In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What would you protest today?

Art Prompt: Dissident

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: xx on Flickr

Mrs. M would never forget that day. She was walking along a busy road next to the vegetable market when two goons zipped past on a bike. One man’s hand shot out and grabbed the chain around her neck. The next instant, she had stumbled to her knees, and was dragged along in the wake of the bike. Thankfully, the chain snapped, and she got away with a mildly bruised neck. Though dazed by the incident, Mrs. M was fine until a week after the incident.

Then, the nightmares began.

She would struggle and yell and fight in her sleep every night with phantom chain snatchers. Every bout left her charged with anger and often left her depressed. The episodes continued for several months until they finally stopped. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone struggling with the aftermath of trauma.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you were frightened and how you felt afterwards.

Art Prompt: Trauma

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the after effects of trauma.

Photo Credit: Andis on Flickr

Deirdre sucked in her breath. Her memory must have developed fault lines. –CRAFT DAY BY BRENDA ANDERSON

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves fractured memories.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you don’t remember things happening the way everyone else says it did.

Art Prompt: Faulty memories

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story involving a memory lapse.

Photo Credit: Neil Moralee on Flickr

The immense volume of water in the five Great Lakes holds heat that allows the lakes to remain relatively warm for much later into the year and postpones the Arctic spread in the region. During the autumn months, two major weather tracks converge over the area. Cold, dry air moves south/southeast from the province of Alberta and northern Canada; warm, moist air moves north/northeast from the Gulf of Mexico, along the lee of the central Rocky Mountains. The collision of these masses forms large storm systems in the middle of the North American continent, including the Great Lakes. When the cold air from these storms moves over the lakes, it is warmed by the waters below and picks up a spin. As the cyclonic system continues over the lakes, its power is intensified by the jet stream above and the warm waters below.

The result is commonly referred to as a “November gale” or “November witch.” Such a storm can maintain hurricane-force wind gusts, produce waves over 50 feet (15 m) high, and dump several inches of rain or feet of snow. Fuelled by the warm lake water, these powerful storms may remain over the Great Lakes for days. Intense winds ravage the lakes and surrounding shores, severely eroding and flooding the shorelines.

November gales have been a bane of the Great Lakes, with at least 25 killer storms striking the region since 1847. During the Big Blow of 1905, 27 wooden vessels were lost. During a November gale in 1975, the giant ore bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank suddenly with all hands, without a distress signal. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set during a November gale on the Great Lakes.
Journaling Prompt: Write about the worst storm you’ve ever weathered.

Art Prompt: Storm at sea

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic story about a storm on the Great Lakes.

Photo Credit: Great Lakes 1913 Storm Shipwrecks on Wikimedia

We might, had we time, consider the birds of Irish folk legend from many other points of view besides that of storytellers and historians. There are the seabirds at whom Cuchulain aims his sling stone and who turned into maidens the most beautiful that the world had ever seen. There were the lovely birds of varied plumage who flew two and two linked together with silver chains to guide the Ulster heroes to the place where Cuchulain was to be born and who, flinging off their bird skins, showed themselves as Dechtire, his mother, and her 50 companions. There were the scall crows and ravens into which the goddesses of war, Badb and Morrigu, transform themselves when they follow the march of armies or hovered over a battlefield.

And there were the birds of fairyland, singing everlastingly from the pure purple trees which stand at the eastern door of the haunts of the blessed. It is but a short step from this conception to that of the birds of paradise, where a bird of red gold with its hundred wings sings from the very golden cross which guards the entries, and the splendid bird flock sustains a perfect melody from the flowering tree of life within the heavenly bounds. -Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom by Caitlin Matthews

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which a bird plays a prominent role.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite bird.

Art Prompt: Birds

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about birds in folklore.

Photo Credit: Shelly Prevost on Flickr

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!

 

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