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“When we rely on our feelings, what feels ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ summarizes all the knowledge and information that we have acquired consciously and unconsciously about the world around us. It is this cumulative knowledge, which our feelings summarize for us, that allows us make better predictions. In a sense, our feelings give us access to a privileged window of knowledge and information — a window that a more analytical form of reasoning blocks us from.”

In accordance with the privileged window hypothesis, the researchers caution that some amount of relevant knowledge appears to be required to more accurately forecast the future. For example, in one study participants were asked to predict the weather. While participants who trusted their feelings were again better able to predict the weather, they were only able to do so for the weather in their own zip codes, not for the weather in Beijing or Melbourne. Professor Leonard Lee explains this is because “…they don’t possess a knowledge base that would help them to make those predictions.” As another example, only participants who had some background knowledge about the current football season benefited from trust in feelings in predicting the winner of the national college football BCS game.

Thus, if we have a proper knowledge base, the future need not be totally indecipherable if we simply learn to trust our feelings. -Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about a character who is in touch with his or her feelings and is able to predict the futures of friends and family.

Journaling Prompt: How does journaling help you listen to your feelings?

Art Prompt: Intuition

Photo Credit: Rob Lee on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for June 3, 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

Linda Fisher Thornton presents What is Creativity? posted at Leading in Context LLC

Resources/Tools

Looking for some inspiration? Try the Poets & Writers Literary Places Database. Or how about joining a conversation at the Conversation Cafe?

Mark Nichol presents 7 Great Websites for Writers posted at Daily Writing Tips.

Sharing Our Work

Emi Bauer presents All Those Whiny Vegetarians posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Eula McLeod presents True North posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz Shaw presents The Inner Critic posted at LizAndraShaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide. -Roddy Doyle

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents Endings that Spark Beginnings posted at Live Write Thrive.

Phil Plait presents How I Stopped Worrying (About Science) and Learned to Love the Story posted at io9.com.

D.D. Syrdal presents Don’t Let Anybody Squash You presented at Filling Spaces.

Ali Luke presents Keeping a Journal Can Save Your Life posted at The Change Blog.

Creativity Boosts

JeanNicole Rivers presents Hello! Happy Birthday! Get Well Soon! posted at JeanNicole Rivers.

Podcasts

The podcasters at Writing Excuses are answering questions asked by their Facebook fans in this week’s episode, Microcasting.

Visual Arts

Katie presents Koko: The Gorilla That Speaks to Humans and Paints posted at Anthropology Gallery.

Creative People Paying it Forward

Carisa Mellado presents Magic Monster Radio Posts Highlights of 24 Hour Fundraiser Broadcast For Streaming posted at Magic Monster Music, saying, “Only the self-professed strangest radio station in LA, Magic Monster Radio, could manifest a 24-hour circus in a week’s time. When it came time to raise cash for their appearance at SXSW, this most motley of crews called on friends new and old to join them as they braved sleep deprivation, ghost stories, and close encounters of every kind in a 24-hour live broadcast heard round the world.”

The Business of Creativity

Daniela Baker presents 7 Hobbies that Can Make You Money posted at Hobbies on a Budget, saying, “Are you thinking of starting a side business and are looking for ideas? Look no further than the things you love and the activities you enjoy doing. Here are just some of the hobbies you can use to make money.”

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for May 6, 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

Melanie Marttila presents Why Spoilers are Good for Writers posted at Writerly Goodness. Written in response to Prompt #134 Spoilers.

The Creative Mindset

Angela Ackerman presents The Positive Side of Rejection posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Resources/Tools

Jason Boog presents YouTube Time Machine for Book Research posted at Media Bistro.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Chickens Live Longer posted at View from the Winepress.

Liz Shaw presents I Talk, It Types posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. – Paul Engle

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Movies as Writing Inspiration posted at Write with Fey.

Sarah Goslee presents World Building with Real Worlds posted at Science in my Fiction.

Amber Lee Starfire presents A Week’s Worth of Journaling Prompts: Uncertainty posted at Writing Through Life.

Jennifer Derrick presents Journaling for a Frugal, More Productive Life posted at Saving Advice.

Michael presents Wedding Thank You Note Etiquette posted at Thank You Notes.

Podcasts

James Artimus Owen joins the Writing Excuses podcasters to discuss Discovering Your Voice.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 22, 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

iman presents How to stay creative in a non-creative environment posted at LabellaIman, saying, “A few tips on staying creative in a non creative environment”

Resources/Tools

Chrys Fey presents Formatting Your Manuscript posted at Write with Fey.

Sharing Our Work

Tracy Fulks presents working out : eating bacon posted at tracyfulks, saying, “I know I’m not the only one…”

Eula McLeod presents That’s Entertainment posted at View from the Winepress. Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Sherril presentes Water Run posted at Today’s Visions.

Marcy presents 47 Years of Great Rock: You Say It’s Your Birthday at Too Timid, Too Squeamish. Don’t miss this one – put on your headphones and enjoy!

Liz Shaw presents Peter Watts, Feedbooks, and FictFact posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them…if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. -Elmore Leonard

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents The Defining of a Scene posted at Live, Write, Thrive.

Creativity Boosts

Melanie Grant presents How to Journal: Create a Personal Profile posted at Mel’s Mouthful on Mothering, saying, “Creatively designing your journal creates a wonderful environment for you to express yourself”

Podcasts

The Writing Excuses podcast is continued from last week as the guys continue giving Mary feedback on her novel outline.

Visual Arts

Sarah presents Etsy Spring Amsterdam posted at Natsumi.

Daniela Baker presents 7 Landscape Film Photography Tips posted at Guide to Film Photography, saying, “For those who want to build a career in landscape photography, here are 7 tips that will give you stunning landscape photographs every time.”

The Business of Creativity

Chase Dumont presents How to Make an eBook (That Makes You Buckets of Money) posted at Chase Dumont, Rainmaker.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for April 15, 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.

Resources/Tools

Here’s a great resource for anyone looking to publish an ebook – a spreadsheet of folks who provide professional services, including cover design and editing.

Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod’s two loves -baking pies and speeding in her SUV- collide in her story, Carma, posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer shares her opinion on sharing your opinion In Mixed Company on Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Liz Shaw shares a book review of Tahoe Blowup by Todd Borg at Liz Andra Shaw and gives it 5 stars. More importantly, the dogs give it 2 paws up.

Writing Quote of the Week

My prediction is that, if you sit a million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years, you’ll just end up with a lot of monkey junk all over your rebuilt Smith-Coronas—that, and a big banana bill. And they won’t change the ribbons as often as they should—if, of course, at all. So—no Shakespeare, no Hemingway— not even Judy Blume. Now, I don’t have the math or the millions— OR the time—to prove this, but I’m going on record here and now anyway: no Shakespeare. And esp. not—if punctuation counts. So, you know—let me know how that works out. —W. Gregory Stewart

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey is back with an excellent post on The Very Sentence posted at Write with Fey. Carol Riggs weighs in on the same subject in Hook: The First Line posted at Artzicarol Ramblings.

Charlie Jane Anders shares 10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read posted at io9.

C.S. Lakin shows us how to See the World through your Character’s Eyes at Live Write Thrive.

Cynthia Morris helps us to Write a Book Even When Clueless at Original Impulse.

Ashley March gives us 5 Dialogue Mistakes You Can Fix Right Now at Fiction Groupie.

Jayme Gates stimulates our creative juices with prompts about Water Purification and Civilization at Science in My Fiction.

Podcasts

Mary Robinette Kowal allows her fellow writers at Writing Excuses to offer editing advice on her novel outline. Interesting process!

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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.

Resources/Tools

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

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

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