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The Creative Mindset

Learn how the guys at Writing Excuses do brainstorming and outlining in their first ever episode.

Resources/Tools

In case you didn’t hear me cheering last week, Scrivener for Windows is finally out. I love, love, love this program! The learning curve is steep if you want to learn all the bells and whistles, but trust me, you can start out using it just like you do Word. Learn about the fiddly bits as you go along. Great tutorial as well. Get a free trial during NaNoWriMo and see what you think.

Sharing Our Work

Columbi Bueno is back with his response to Prompt #149 Guardian Angels. And to keep with the Guardian Angel theme, here is my personal pick for the week: Tree Bungee, in which ZenCherry acts as a guardian angel to the menfolk of her clan.

Creativity Boosts

Here’s a Twitter hashtag to check out: #journalchat. Lots of writing prompts there. Heaven!

Inspiration for NaNoWriMo

There are a lot of bashers out there saying that NaNo is a monumental waste of time. Well, I say to them, “Thank you for sharing.” And then I just keep writing. Everyone has their own way of doing things. Getting a rough first draft down as quickly as possible works for some of us. NaNo is perfect for that. Here’s bestselling author Ann Aguirre‘s point of view in The Build a Book Workshop.

And here’s a quote from another bestselling author, Jennifer Egan: “[Be] willing to write really badly. It won’t hurt you to do that. I think there is this fear of writing badly, something primal about it, like: ‘This bad stuff is coming out of me…’ Forget it! Let it float away and the good stuff follows. For me, the bad beginning is just something to build on. It’s no big deal. You have to give yourself permission to do that because you can’t expect to write regularly and always write well. That’s when people get into the habit of waiting for the good moments, and that is where I think writer’s block comes from. Like: It’s not happening. Well, maybe good writing isn’t happening, but let some bad writing happen… When I was writing ‘The Keep,’ my writing was so terrible. It was God-awful. My working title for that first draft was, A Short Bad Novel. I thought: ‘How can I disappoint?’”

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 this week’s Carnival of Creativity. Click through some links and share some comment love with the submitters!

Sharing Our Work

Sara Healy has had a fun week responding to Writing Reader prompts. Check out The Witness and Thinking Thursday on Domestic Violence.

Columbi Bueno presents a flash fiction piece, Jester’s Romance.

The Creative Mindset

Ever wondered where to find a great idea? Try some Brainstorming from Story Seeds with the Writing Excuses gang.

David Leonhardt offers a short look Individuality Explained.

The Business of Creativity

Kyle presents How to Get Paid $50 to Write a Guest Post posted at The Penny Hoarder.

Dexter Petley shares his views of writing and editing in Time & Motion posted at Write Edit Seek Literary Agent.

Just for NaNoWriMo Players

“Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of “Lincoln’s Melancholy” I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.” -Joshua Wolf Shenk

Resources/Tools

If you’re writing SciFi or Fantasy, you need to be checking out the Turkey City Lexicon courtesy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Creative photographer presents Best Canon Lenses for Creative Photography.

And finally, just for kicks, my favorite spam of the week:

“Precisely the facts we is in research associated with. Should certainly disrupt my personal costs quickly.”

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