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Carte des chotts relevée par Roudaire dans le cadre du projet de la mer intérieure

In 1874, Captain Francois-Elie Roudaire, a geographer in the French army proposed a daring idea. No doubt inspired by the successful completion of the Suez canal a few years earlier, he suggested the creation of a 120-mile-long canal that would connect the Mediterranean Sea to a part of the Sahara Desert in Algeria that lies below sea level. The result would be the flooding of more than 3000 square miles of territory. Roudaire hoped that such a huge body of water would not only allow ships to navigate into the interior of North Africa, it would also significantly change the local climate. All at a cost of a mere 25 million francs. –Ron Miller

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a story about a character with a grandiose idea.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the craziest idea you ever had. What happened when you tried to implement it?

Art Prompt: Hubris

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a grand idea and the person who promoted it.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for September 9, 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.


Thanks for your patience while I was doing my Toastmaster thing. I didn’t win or place, but I had a fabulous time, learned and grew a great deal, and I am re-energized!


Gabriela Pereira presents Build Your Reading List posted at DIYFMA.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Tully posted at View from the Wine Press.

Emi Bauer presents Out of the Mouths of Babes… er… Teenagers… posted at Emi Bauer: Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Liz Shaw presents The Great Pillow Caper posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

wizard presents God Doesn’t Want Man to become Stupid- Why Was Man Evicted from the Garden of Eden posted at Wizard Corpse.

Writing Quote of the Week

Jack Shepherd presents 30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors posted at BuzzFeed.

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Your Thoughts + Your Emotions = Your Characters posted at Writing with Fey.

Charlie Jane Anders presents Children’s author crowdsources the editing of her new time-travel novel posted at io9.

Creativity Boosts

Lali Foster presents Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee on Writer Origins posted at Asian American Writers Workshop.


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Brainstorming with Dan. I found this episode fascinating – don’t miss it!

The Business of Creativity

C.S. Lakin presents 10 Reasons to Self-Publish – No More Excuses posted at Live Write Thrive.

Roni Loren presents Bloggers Beware: You Can Get Sues for Using Pics on your Blog posted at Roni Loren: For the Fearless Romantic.

Jeremy Biberdorf presents 5 Places You’re Not Looking for Content Ideas posted at Modest Money.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 29, 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.

The Creative Mindset

Phillip Gruneich presents The stuff that IDEAS are made of posted at Short of Stories.


Sharing Our Work

Marcy presents Tuk Tuk Hell, or Heaven posted at Too Timid, Too Squeamish.

Emi Bauer presents The Strange Case of Dr. Feingold and Mr. Mike posted at Confessions of an Icompetent Blogger

Eula McLeod presents It’s Gr-r-r-r-r-reat!! posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz presents You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Chances posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

When they give you lined paper, write the other way. – Ray Bradbury

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Find Writing Inspiration posted at Writing with Fey.

C.S. Lakin presents Creating “Moments” So You Don’t Bore Your Readers posted at Live, Write, Thrive


Larry Correia joins the Writing Excuses podcasters to discuss Guns and Fiction. If you’re talking guns in your writing, you’ll want to listen to this.

Creative People Paying it Forward

Pamela Jorrick presents Trashy Art- Washed Ashore posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

The Business of Creativity

Daniela Baker presents 6 Skills Every Blogger Needs posted at Bloggers Passion, saying, “There are key ingredients in building a successful blog. You will need a set of skills like what’s listed on this article.”

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If you are coming to this web site, I assume you are a fan of creativity. You cultivate it, share it, and are proud of it. Not everyone is a fan, however.

The next time your great idea at work elicits silence or eye rolls, you might just pity those co-workers. Fresh research indicates they don’t even know what a creative idea looks like and that creativity, hailed as a positive change agent, actually makes people squirm.”How is it that people say they want creativity but in reality often reject it?” said Jack Goncalo, ILR School assistant professor of organizational behavior and co-author of research to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science…

Uncertainty drives the search for and generation of creative ideas, but “uncertainty also makes us less able to recognize creativity, perhaps when we need it most,” the researchers wrote. “Revealing the existence and nature of a bias against creativity can help explain why people might reject creative ideas and stifle scientific advancements, even in the face of strong intentions to the contrary. …

The field of creativity may need to shift its current focus from identifying how to generate more creative ideas to identify how to help innovative institutions recognize and accept creativity.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene with a creative character surrounded by people who are invested in the status quo.

Journaling Prompt: When have your creative ideas been shot down by people who are threatened by it? Have you ever stifled your own creativity because of your inner editor?

Art Prompt: Creativity

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The WritingReader is on vacation for a week, but while I’m gone, enjoy this visual prompt. Create whatever it inspires in you!

Photo by jurvetson.

We have some wonderful submissions this week for your enjoyment and edification.  Here we go!


Number Trouble from the New York Times will help you get some agreement between subjects and verbs. Warning, this is intense editor stuff, so be prepared for the My Eyes Glaze Over Syndrome. As an antidote, here’s a link to a recent podcast at Writing Excuses on The Hollywood Formula for fiction and script writers. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll be annoyed to find out how much Hollywood manipulates our emotions.

Sharing our Work 

Saşa-Liviu Stoianovici presents Fugind prin peisaj pe timp de furtună, a video made with modified 90s video hardware posted at mutre, spații, combinații. If you enjoy ambient music and abstract art, you’ll love this. Even if you don’t, it’s still pretty awesome.

Creative People Paying it Forward

Raziel presents a thought-provoking challenge with his post Feed a Soul with that extra change in your pocket on his blog, Pens Or Swords.

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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