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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 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.


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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Oh, Give Me a Home posted at View from the Wine Press.

Writing Quote of the Week

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” — Wendell Berry

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents The Not-So-Long Goodbye posted at Live Write Thrive.

Charlie Jane Anders presents How to Tell if the First Draft of Your Novel Just Isn’t Worth Salvaging posted at io9.

Chrys Fey presents Five Tips To Spice Up Your Writing posted at Write with Fey.

Brandon Yawa presents Stop Writing and Be Bruce Lee posted at Brandon Yawa.

Ruth LovettSmith presents Writers Groups posted at Ruth LovettSmith


This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is all about Beginnings Revisited.


Maureen Rostad presents Homemade Sweater Pillow posted at Upcycled Fashionista.

Natasha Beaulieu presents Freshly made Cakes and other sweet mini baking posted at Eat Cake Miniatures

Visual Arts

Natasha Petrosova presents Tio’s Taco Art Garden posted at Photography Journal.

Asher Jones presents Significance of Sanskrit Tattoos posted at Tattoo Trends ( A Tattoo Blog )


Jeremy Biberdorf presents It Is Your Blogging Journey, You Make The Rules posted at Modest Money

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 May 13, 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.

Sharing Our Work

Chase Dumont presents Rain Story posted at Terrifying Tales.

Eula McLeod presents Voila! posted at View from the Winepress.

Emi Bauer presents Proud Mommy Moments posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Liz Andra Shaw presents In Which Our Heroine Competes posted at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Quote of the Week

Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page. -Margaret Atwood

Writing Tips and Prompts

JeanNicole Rivers presents Three Steps That Will Help You Finally Write That Novel posted at JeanNicole Rivers.

C.S. Lakin presents Don’t Go Nowhere Fast posted at Live Write Thrive.

Kevin Hanrahan presents What to Do and Not to Do During the Query Process posted at Kevin Hanrahan.

Jody Hedlund presents Avoid Being Branded an Amateur: Use These 7 POV Basics posted at Jody Hedlund.


James Dashner joins Writing Excuses for a live Q&A session at Life, the Universe, and Everything at Utah Valley University.

Visual Arts

Laura Edgar presents PHOTO GALLERY: Fishy Faces at Monterey Bay Aquarium posted at NerdWallet | Travel.

Crafty Creativity

Krystel Lapalme presents Bath Mitts posted at Home Spooled.

Linda Miller presents Pinterest Party -Our 1st One Ever! posted at those crafty sisters.

Meagan presents DIY Colorblock Belt posted at Questionable Logic.

Benoit presents Designing a T-Shirt posted at Blog.

The Business of Creativity

Laura Dawson presents Conquer Headlines and Shine! posted at Design Quotes Digital Marketing Blog.

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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”


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”


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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Camera Shy

Her mother was a vivacious woman with extraordinary drive, who never appeared to live in the present tense, her ferocious intellect pushing her comprehension several seconds in front of everyone else. She frantically photographed every possible family event, as if by documenting the moment it negated her own responsibility for actually participating in it.
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Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a character with a superstition about having their picture taken.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about having your picture taken?

Art Prompt: Camera Shy

Photo Credit: Johnny Jet on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 26, 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

Patti Onderko presents Get Unstuck at Success. 17 ways to bring more creativity into your life and work.

Rodney Maley presents Battling Self-Doubt posted at Life-fficient. Tips on dealing with your inner critic.

Dr. Mike presents Get Creative posted at, saying, “Creativity covers a lot of ground, and we can all find a spot to explore it and enjoy it.”

Chrys Fey presents Yes, You Can Write A Novel! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writing a novel has never been impossible in the past, nor will it ever be in the future. Anyone can do it, even you!”

Pamela Jorrick presents A Letter A Day posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “Why do I participate in these crazy challenges that I find on the internet? I don’t really know. I actually don’t need any more challenge in life, but this sounded like a fun idea, so I wanted to give it a try.”


Sheila Scarborough presents How to know when your content is pinned on Pinterest posted at Sheila’s Guide To The Good Stuff, saying, “The visual bulletin board service Pinterest is getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s certainly fun, but how do you know if your own content has been pinned on someone else’s board? This post gives a quick how-to explanation.”

Sharing Our Work

Derrick Roberts presents Mid-week Ramblings: ‘Front-porch Wisdom’ posted at Writing Wrong(Handed).

Kate Croston presents 20 Biggest Soccer Tragedies and the Internet Response posted at Internet Service, saying, “The history of soccer is dotted with some of the worst tragedies ever recorded in sports. Whether by natural means, or by the hands of men, there have been numerous disastrous events throughout soccer’s past.”

Lindsay Willison presents 10 Ways to Get Even with Automated Answering Services posted at Landline Phone Service, saying, “The chances of reaching a live person when placing a call these days get slimmer all the time. Every call turns into a form of techno-gymnastics, hopping through a maze of push-button options until you finally reach a human being, if ever.”

Coleen Torres presents 10 SOPA Boycotts That Were Impressive posted at, saying, “The hotly contested Stop Online Piracy Act was one of the most controversial issues of late 2011 and early 2012. Lawmakers, entertainers and consumers alike spoke out vociferously against the potentially-dangerous legislation, which was eventually shelved.”

NSFW: Gracie J presents Body Counts posted at How Sweet It Is To Be Gracie, saying, “For readers with an open mind and open discussions”

Writing Tips and Prompts

C.S. Lakin presents First Paragraph, First Thoughts at Live, Write, Thrive.

Dan Wells presents How to Build Your Story (now on video) at Fearful Symmetry.

Rebecca Joines Schinsky presents 7 Surprise Twists I’d Rather Live Without [or The Airing of Grievances, Literary Style] at BookRiot.

Catherine Ryan Howard presents How (Not?) to Get Your Book Reviewed at Catherine, Caffeinated.

Liz Shaw presents The Test of Time at LizAndraShaw, asking “Will your writing stand the test of time?”

Syaiful presents The Art of Finding Ideas For Poem posted at Poetry Writing Tips.


Writing Excuses presents The City as a Character at WritingExcuses. Mary and Dan discuss using a city as a character with Sarah Pinborough, for whom London is an important setting and one of her favorite places.

Visual Arts

Greg Phelps presents Give a photographer a promotion… posted at Lucrative Lumens, saying, “The specific examples of marketing techniques in this article apply to pro portrait photographers but the concept discussed could easily benefit other types of photographers or even people in other lines of business who want to raise their profile in the community.”

Erica K. presents 5 Avenues for Logo Design Inspiration posted at ground up graphics

The Business of Creativity

Hannah Howard presents 10 Reasons Most Social Bookmarking Sites Suck posted at Longhorn Leads, LLC, saying, “The trouble with most social bookmarking sites is that they don’t have the proper balance that would make them as useful as they could be. Either there are too many sites that rank highly for no apparent reason, or there are too few gems to pluck from the sea of rubbish to make the effort worthwhile.”

Valaney Martin presents How to get your game noticed and get paid from it posted at Ubiquitense, saying, “Here are some guidelines for the average indie game developer to follow so that there’s a better chance of their game being noticed and making a profit from it.”

Writing Quote of the Week

Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there. -Thomas Berger

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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for February 19, 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

Chrys Fey presents Catching A Spark posted at Write With Fey, saying, “An idea for a story and creativity can come from anywhere, you just have to catch that spark.”

Gabriela Pereira presents Why Writers Must be Readers First at DIY MFA.


John Lenaghan presents How And Why I Use Mind Maps posted at Recharge My Life. Includes reviews and links to mind mapping sites and software.

The Business of Creativity

Beth Haydn presents 56 Ways to Market your Business on Pinterest at CopyBlogger.

Responses to Prompts

Eula McLeod presents Sting Like a Bee posted at View from the Winepress. This is one seriously funny lady!

Sharing Our Work

Kate Croston presents 10 Ways Twitter Would Have Changed the Brady Bunch posted at Internet Service, saying, “Social networking is a recent phenomenon that has changed the way millions of people correspond. Tweets have replaced emails, phone calls, and of course the long-deceased hand-written letters of old.”

Liz Shaw presents Cold Quarry by Andy Straka, a book review, at Liz Andra Shaw.

Writing Tips and Prompts

Charlie Jane Anders presents 10 Worst Mistakes that Authors of Alternate History Make at

Jan Fischer Wade presents Twitter Hashtags Writers Should Know at BookBlogs.

Lauren Davis presents Concept Art Writing Prompt: Saturday Night at the Edge of the World at

Syaiful presents The 5 Poetry Writing Tips For Beginners posted at Poetry Writing Tips.


This week’s topic at Writing Excuses is Historical Fantasy. It’s a fascinating look at what it takes to write in this genre. I would suggest that anyone writing historical fiction listen to this one.

Visual Arts

Daniela Baker presents 6 Tips for Better Underwater Pictures posted at Dive and More (Xtremesports), saying, “Let me share with you some tips and suggestions on how to get great looking underwater photos.”

Umair presents Barbie Doll in the fine art world posted at, saying, “Barbie does it all”

Creative People Paying it Forward

96well presents Solve puzzles for science posted at Reportergene, saying, “Creatives! Solve puzzles for science!”

Writing Quote of the Week

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ~Ray Bradbury

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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 January 15, 2012 Carnival of Creativity! All links will open in a new window or tab, so feel free to click away. Don’t forget to leave some comment love!


Chandler presents Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie posted at The Sweet Cupcaker. Omnomnomnom!


Ella presents Instagram love posted at HOME & LANDSCAPE *design fix.Lovely photos.

David Peters presents Adobe Photoshop Tutorials – How To Restore Old Photos posted at YouTube.


Kurama Mag presents Big Break For Young Writers: Our Search for a Talented Journalist posted at Kurama Magazine, saying, “Kurama Magazine is launching a writing contest where the winner will get their own column and a $50 gift voucher for Book Source.”

The Business of Creativity

Theresa Torres presents Tips for Writing a Press Release posted at Brandi-Ann Uyemura, saying, “When writing an effective press release, there are some things to remember for it to appeal to a reporter so that your company will have a better chance of being mentioned in a news article.”

Jacob D presents Freelance Life: The Right Tools posted at The Writer Tank Journal. Lots of ideas for free tools that freelancers can use to boost productivity.

I wrote about the Top Ten Reasons to Carry a Blank Notebook over at my author blog, I wrote it from the fiction writer’s perspective, but all those reasons can be adapted for non-fiction writers.


Terrence Williams presents Creating Colorful Children in a Washed Out World posted at Inspiresy. Let’s raise our kids to be creative!


The good folks at Writing Excuses talked this week about designing the flora and fauna for a fantasy world. Great writing prompt this week!

Arts and Crafts

Sandy Simmons presents Making Your Own Soap Recipe – Super Soap Making posted at Super Soap Making.

The Creative Mindset

Pamela Jorrick presents OCD Meets ADHD- My Post Holiday De-Cluttering posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “I’m finding that letting go of old work is really opening up new creative windows for me. The more clutter (physical and mental) I get rid of in my creating space, the more ideas I am generating, and the more projects I’m actually completing. I love a fresh start!”

I wrote some Random Thoughts about a month with no writing due to health issues. What I learned is that even when I’m not writing, my brain is creative!

Writing Quote of the Week

Shared on the Write a Novel in 10 Minutes Flat blog: In his useful book ‘How Fiction Works’ (Vintage 2009) the critic and novelist James Wood quotes the writer and scholar, the late WG Sebald. He said: ‘I think fiction writing which does not acknowledge the uncertainty of the narrator himself, is a form of imposture which I find very, very difficult to take. Any form of authorial writing where the narrator sets himself up as stagehand and director and judge and executor in a text, I find somehow unacceptable. I cannot bear to read books of this kind.’

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

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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 Glenn Waters.

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We have some brilliant submissions this week. I am so excited to share them with you.

Sharing our Work

I shamelessly begged Karen Scott to share her brilliant post on color in writing, Yellow tears and skies the color of milk, posted at Carpe Keyboard. Thank you, Karen!

As days are becom­ing shorter, Zhu decided to go hunt for night shots in downtown Ottawa while the weather is still nice. You’ll enjoy the beautiful photography in Night Owls posted at Correr Es Mi Destino.

The Creative Mindset

Tim Shirley tells us how to avoid being controlled by circumstances in Circumstantial Positivity posted at Along the same line, Jailan Marie explains why we need to audit our thoughts in Idle Thoughts, I Don’t Think So, posted at Innovative Solutions For Positive Change.

Creativity Boosts

Simon Jack shows you a great way to Warm Up and Stretch…. Your Mind to get ready to be creative. Posted at Creative Encounters. If you are still blocked after trying Simon’s idea, then visit Harry Bingham’s fabulous article, Courting the Muse – dealing with writer’s block posted at Write Edit Seek Literary Agent.

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