Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 13, 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

Shannon Dittemore presents The Writer vs The Author posted at Go Teen Writer.

Melanie Bishop presents The Value of Writing Retreats posted at Jane Friedman.

Casey Herringshaw presents Criticism? Who Likes Criticism?? posted at The Writers Alley.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Elsie Hagley presents Pusillanimous Pantoum Poem in response to Prompt #3078 Word of the Week – Pusillanimous.

Sharing Our Work

Joseph Lewis presents Lessons From Stella posted at Simple Thoughts From A Complicated Mind, Sort Of . . ..

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Ali Luke presents Why Novellas are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) posted at AliVentures.

Elizabeth presents Taking Series Characters on the Road posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Janice Hardy presents In the Flesh: Fleshing Out Flat Characters posted at Fiction University.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Nonfiction Book Success–The Challenge of Telling Someone Else’s True Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Melissa Bowersock presents Why Can’t Writers Kill the Little Darlings? posted at Indies Unlimited.

Angela Ackerman presents Character Motivation Entry: Protecting One’s Home or Property posted at Writers Helping Writers.

Blogging

Elvis Michael presents How to Screw Up Your Guest Blogging Opportunities posted at Blogging Pro.

Jennifer Brown Banks presents How to Attract Quality Guest Bloggers posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Goins Writer is all about How to Build a Community of Raving Fans for Your Book Launch.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Control, Planning, and the Amazon UK Store.

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Structure on the Fly.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Frictionless Marketing with Damon Courtney.

The Business of Creativity

Sabrina presents 8 Fun Trends in Reading and Publishing posted at Digital Pubbing.

Peter Boyle presents How to Break Up with a Client without Burning Your Bridges posted at Be A Freelance Blogger.

Robin Cutler presents Libraries and Bookstores Are Getting Into Indie Publishing posted at BookWorks.

Editor presents How Freelancers Can Make a Good First Impression on Clients posted at Blogging Tips.

Susan Daffron presents How to create an e-book box set from a series of books posted at Build Book Buzz.

W. Bradford Swift presents Breaking into the Lucrative Magazine Market with the Big R Game posted at Funds for Writers.

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

 

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: nightlife on Big Happy Fun House

“Meet me tomorrow?” she said. –Under the Eaves by LAVIE TIDHAR

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 a secret rendezvous you had as a young person.

Art Prompt: Rendezvous

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story of a young love.

Photo Credit: Suzette – www.suzette.nu on Flickr

pusillanimous

  • lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  • proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

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

Journaling Prompt: What do you wish you had the courage to do?

Art Prompt: Pusillanimous

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

Photo Credit: Insomnia Cured Here on Flickr

Fat shaming on social media has become prevalent and weight is the most common reason children are bullied in school with 85 percent of surveyed adolescents reportedly seeing overweight classmates teased in gym class, McHugh said.

Evidence confirms that fat shaming is not an effective approach to reducing obesity or improving health, McHugh said. “Rather, stigmatization of obese individuals poses serious risks to their psychological health,” she added. “Research demonstrates that weight stigma leads to psychological stress, which can lead to poor physical and psychological health outcomes for obese people.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which conflict is driven by shaming based on a physical characterist.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about fat people? What thoughts pop into your mind when you see someone who is fat?

Art Prompt: Fat Shamin

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about fat shaming on social media in today’s culture.

Photo Credit: Facebook Screen Capture

It’s impossible to give someone the world. You can show them glimpses of yours, hope they join you in it, but to give them the world means you have to be willing to give up your own. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who wants the world, and isn’t worried about destroying the other person to get it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the boundaries that you have that help you protect your world.

Art Prompt: If I gave you the world…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how abusive spouses use power and control to demolish their victim’s world.

Photo Credit: Cindy Schultz on Flickr

The history of merit badges in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been tracked by categorizing them into a series of merit badge types. In addition to the Boy Scouts of America, many other Scouting and Scouting-like organizations around the world, such as Pathfinders, Baden-Powell Scouts and Royal Rangers, issue merit badges or their equivalent; though they are sometimes called honors or proficiency badges. Other organizations, such as fire brigades, issue badges or awards that they refer to as merit badges, but that are in some respects different from the badges awarded by the BSA.

…In 1911, the BSA manufactured the first official 57 merit badges and began awarding them.The number of badges available has been as high as 127 in 1975 and again in 1987. As of March 2014, the number of badges available is 134. Merit badge types are identifiable by the cloth and manufacturing process used to make them. The classification of badges into types came about as a way for collectors to categorize and classify their collections. Merit badge collectors often collect other Scouting memorabilia as well. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which the pursuit of a merit badge (or some equivalent) drives the plot.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a merit badge or some other award you earned that meant a great deal to you.

Art Prompt: Merit badge

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of merit badges.

Photo Credit: dennis crowley on Flickr

The Plastic People of the Universe (PPU), started with no political agenda but is widely regarded as having spurred a revolution in Czechoslovakia. The band started in 1968, the same year that Prague was invaded by Soviet tanks to shut down the liberalization known as the Prague spring. The new communist government suppressed free speech, imprisoning many musicians,. The PPU were forbidden by the government on several occasions to play, not because of any inflammatory lyric content, but because of their long hair and emulation of capitalist bands like the Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa. (The band took their name from a Zappa song.) In 1970, the government revoked PPU’s musician licenses, which made it impossible for them to get equipment or gigs; they had to play underground concerts to avoid government detection and arrest. –The World in Six Songs by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story in which music creates change.

Journaling Prompt: What song made you think about the world in a different way? Write about what you learned from the song.

Art Prompt: Protest Music

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of protest music in your country.

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for August 6, 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.

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The Creative Mindset

Jon presents BON JOVI WAS WRONG AND YOU PROBABLY ARE, TOO. posted at Jon Acuff.

Response to Writing Reader Prompt

Sharing Our Work

Aidan McNally presents Welcome Autumn, Imagine ! posted at GoodReads.

Creativity Quote of the Week

Writing Tips

Susan Maccarelli presents 5 Tips and Tools for Editing Your Own Articles (without bugging friends and loved ones) posted at Beyond Your Blog.

Ali Luke presents Everything You Need to Know About Writing Great Dialogue posted at AliVentures.

Janice Hardy presents Write What They Don’t Know: Manipulating Your Reader for Better Plots posted at Fiction University.

Jeff Goins presents How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do posted at Goins Writer.

Mary Carroll Moore presents Dreams–The Delight and Danger of Using Dreams in Your Story posted at How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book.

Gordon Long presents 6 Overused Phrases and What They Reveal About Your Writing posted at Indies Unlimited.

Jane presents When Brevity in Storytelling Is Bad posted at Jane Friedman.

James Duncan presents How to Become a Kick-Ass Writer posted at Writer’s Digest.

Martin presents What is the Theme of Your Story? A Guide for Authors posted at Reedsy.

Blogging

Editor presents 10 Tools to Manage Your Blog More Efficiently posted at Blogging Pro.

Tim Bourquin presents Why Every Freelance Writer Should Have a Blog of their Own posted at Blogging Tips.

Sophie Lizard presents Your Freelance Blogging Plan B [How to Survive When Plan A Turns to Shit] posted at Be a Freelance Blogger.

Nina Amir presents What is High Performance and Why Do Bloggers Need It? posted at How to Blog a Book.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Gendered Dialect, with J.R. Johansson.

This week’s podcast at The Self-Publishing Broadcast is all about Making the Most with What You Have.

This week’s podcast at The Sell More Books Show is all about Pen Names, Dark Matter, and Writing to Market.

This week’s podcast at The Joined Up Podcast is all about Nathan o’Hagan Interview – Never Give Up.

The Business of Creativity

Dorothy Cooper presents How a Giant Armadillo Teaches us Survival Instincts for Marketers posted at beBee.

Amy Collins presents Book Promotion for Indie Authors: Working with Bookstores posted at BookWorks.

Fred Johnson presents A quick guide to pricing your e-book posted at Build Book Buzz.

Sabrina presents Book Marketing Tips for the Holidays and Year Round posted at Digital Pubbing.

Elizabeth presents Public Speaking Tips posted at Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Alex Coyne presents What I’ve Learned Writing Internationally posted at Funds for Writers.

Stephanie Merrill presents One Thing No One Told Me About Being My Own Boss posted at Go Teen Writers.

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

 

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!