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Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for December 23, 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

Universiteit Leiden presents Meditation Makes You More Creative posted at Science Daily.

Resources/Tools

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Sharing Our Work

Eula McLeod presents Up in Flames posted at View from the Wine Press.

Emi Bauer presents Money Well Spent posted at Confessions of an Incompetent Blogger.

Writing Quote of the Week

I believe in having a structured approach. My philosophy is that I can sit down at any time with a problem, and if I sit there and don’t allow my mind to have distractions — no phone, no music, no televi­sion — my mind will eventually start to work on it on its own. It’s like a biosphere situation. I isolate myself — ’cause this is my ‘sit’ time. -Jerry Seinfeld

Writing Tips and Prompts

Melissa Donovan presents Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery posted at Writing Forward.

Cathy presents Innocence abroad: you can’t publish an omelette without breaking a few probabilities posted at Write a Novel in 10 Minutes Flat.

Roz Morris presents How to add jeopardy to your story before the main conflict starts posted at Nail Your Novel.

Nancy Parker presents 5 Tips for Developing Supporting Characters posted at The Other Side of the Story.

Vikki presents Editing A Novel – Tips From Della Galton posted at The View Outside.

Chrys Fey presents Review Your Story; The Finale is Coming posted at Write with Fey.

Creativity Boosts

Fiona Robyn presents Mindful Writing Challenge Jan 2013 – join us? Pay more attention and fall in love with the world. posted at Writing Our Way Home.

Podcasts

This week’s podcast at Writing Excuses is another Microcasting episode where the cast takes listener questions.

Visual Arts

Meghana presents Around The World: Play Dough Ganapati posted at Around The World

Katie presents Sawdust Art Festival posted at The Golden Fox Girl

Journal Writing

Quinn presents What Else Do I Write in My Journal? posted at QuinnCreative.

The Business of Creativity

Gabriela Pereira presents Prompt: Make an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog posted at DIY MFA.

Caitlin Muir presents 89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life posted at AuthorMedia.

Jeff Goins presents What You Write About Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think posted at Jeff Goins Writer.

John Scalzi presents Writer or Spambot? posted at Whatever.

Geoff Hoff presents Creativity in Business – Finding Blog Post Ideas posted at Geoff Hoff Online.

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 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.

Siobhan Sullivan tells us how Sometimes Memory Lane Hurts Your Feet at Wonderland.

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.

Sarah Salway encourages us to have fun in The River: Putting the Fun Back Into Writing at Writing Our Way Home.

Creativity Boosts

Melanie Kindrachuk shares 12 Benefits to Start a Journal in 2012 at Four Rooms.

Podcasts

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

Visual Arts

My favorite picture of the week was shared by Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden on Flickr. It’s an illustration from the 1880s showing the port of Calcutta.
Lighthouse Diamond Point

Spam of the Week

You respond so some its most exhausting to discourse with you (not that I rattling would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new gyrate on a issue thats been graphic about for eld. Precise nonsensicality, only great!

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