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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 1, 2012. 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.

Responses to Writing Reader Prompts

Sara Healy presents Fiction Friday – The End in response to Prompt #285 Defending the System.

The Creative Mindset

wizard presents Improve mental function and memory by looking at nature posted at Comments for Optimum Awareness Leads to Optimum Control in Your Life.


Michael presents 5 Creative Thank You Card Ideas posted at Thank You Notes.

Sharing Our Work

Joseph V DeMartino presents Fantasy: An exploration and defense. posted at Brain Burst Writing.

Pamela Jorrick presents The Meal posted at Escape is Possible.

vidushi presents Mad Men – An American TV Series posted at vidushisandhir.

Liz Shaw presents World Building: Time on Alykan at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind; how the observation of last year seems childish, superficial; how this year — even this week — even with this new phrase — it seems to us that we have grown to a new maturity. It may be a fallacious persuasion, but at least it is stimulating, and so long as it persists, one does not stagnate. -Vita Sackville-West

Writing Tips and Prompts

Jeremy Dean presents 10 of the Most Suprising Findings from Psychological Studies posted at A treasure trove of ideas for writers!

Mark Nichol presents Narrative, Plot, and Story at Daily Writing Tips. Includes info on narrative voice and narrative point of view.

Annette Fix presents Self-Editing for Fiction Writers at WOW! Women on Writing.

Creativity Boosts

Jennif3r presents Butterfly Visions: “The Clouded Bright Moon” posted at Freedom from Ashes. A very cool visual writing prompt.


This week’s episode at Writing Excuses has Dan, Mary, and Howard talking about Man vs. Nature archetypal stories, particularly the strengths and pitfalls to avoid.

Visual Arts

Nicole Elena Robertson presents Nicole Elena Robertson: Northern Rivers posted at Nicole Elena Robertson.

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 8, 2012. We’ve got some really interesting links to explore today. Click through. They will open in a new tab, so you’ll be able to enjoy them, leave a comment, and then come right back here for more.

The Creative Mindset

Alexis presents BrainSync – Alpha Wave + Fractals posted at treehouse. Gorgeous 2o minute meditation video with fractals, my favorite.


Charles Chua C K presents What Is the Difference Between a Journal and a Diary? posted at All About Living with Life.

Linda@NHE presents Natural Winter Uses for Pine Cones posted at Natural Health Ezine, saying, “Here are some of my ideas of uses for pinecones during the winter months.”

The Business of Creativity

Ella presents Bleu Nature posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix, which showcases an amazing twist of interior design, art and nature.

Jacob D presents 5 Reasons YOU Need to Link to Other Blogs posted at The Writer Tank Journal.

Sharing Our Work

David Leonhardt presents Fable of the Porcupine Family posted at Self-Help Happiness Blog, saying, “Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings perfect people closer together. It is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of the others and can admire each other’s endearing qualities and find happiness together.”

Marcy L presents Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies in Cages with Tigers posted at (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish, saying, “In this story, I tell about petting tigers in Thailand with my children, and I invite writers to link up a story about an animal or about a time they were criticized for a parenting choice.”

Creativity Boosts

Goddess Leonie presents The River: Ten Ways to Fly Beyond Creative Dreams Frustrations and Fears.

Chuck Wendig presents 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing Now.

Writing Excuses presents When Good Characters Go Bad.

Writing Quote of the Week

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. -Isaac Asimov

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! I hope you enjoy the links I found for you this week.

The Creative Mindset

7 Creativity Roadblocks You Need to be Aware of  by @arkarthick will help you identify the thinking patterns that are holding you back from being the creative soul you are meant to be.

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, gives you 20 Ideas from Creativity Connoiseurs to Inspire Your Imagination. Numbers 13 and 18 are my favorites. What are yours?


Take the color test to see what your ideal career would be. I got Creator!

If you need to come up with character names, especially if you write fantasy or science fiction, you need the free Everchanging Book of Names.

The Business of Creativity

Rebecca Joines Schinsky aka the BookLady brings us The First Book You Must Put on Your 2012 Reading List. This will appeal primarily to anyone who is writing nonfiction, but I definitely put it on my reading list.

Sharing Our Work

Robin Hawke posts flash fiction every day. This week, one of her offerings dovetailed with one of my prompts, Ablution.

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

Here’s a short, sweet NaNo pep talk from Hugo Award winning Mary Robinette Kowal. Take heart, WriMos. Mary is slaving through NaNo with us.

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. I am not getting any email from, so please use my personal phone. If you submitted a link in the last couple of weeks, I apologize that it never got posted. Please feel free to resubmit it.