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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.

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.

Podcasts

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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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.

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.”

Resources/Tools

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).

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

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.

Podcasts

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.

The Business of Creativity

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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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.

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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