Issue 41 - Creativity Carnival for Writers - SARK, Julia Cameron, Christine Kane


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Issue 41 - Creativity Carnival for Writers - SARK, Julia Cameron, Christine Kane

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME: CREATIVITY CARNIVAL FOR WRITERS

When it comes to creativity, it’s a carnival of possibilities for writers. There are so many different ways we can express ourselves and tap into the core of our creativity. Even the process of creating a new piece of work can be a wild ride. Turn your muse loose on this issue and she’ll be just as excited as a child at her first carnival. We have great interviews with the top creativity experts in the field and articles that take every colorful turn in the creativity kaleidoscope including brainstorming techniques, creating a vision board, sources for prompts and exercises, tips to break through writer’s block, ideas on how to take your creativity on a much-needed retreat, and even ways you can give your home-office space a creative boost using Feng Shui… MORE >>

     

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  2. TAKE A BREAK FOR CREATIVITY

For writers, stress from juggling too many distractions manifests as difficulty in writing, plotting, and brainstorming, and can contribute to writer’s block. As creative people, isolation can help us calm our minds and break through blocks. Read on to learn how taking a distraction-free break, even an hour at a coffee shop or thirty minutes behind closed doors, can give you the solitude you need to center yourself and get back to writing. Bridgid Gallagher interviews authors—Dr. Shelley Carson, Therese Walsh, Katherine Center, Elizabeth Spann Craig, Kathleen Bolton, and Karen Walrond—who share their best ideas on how to take your creativity on a much-needed retreat so you can get back into the writing zone…MORE >>

     
  3. THE SUCCULENT, BODACIOUS, AND FABULOUS SARK

No matter the genre, a writer’s job is to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary—not always the easiest task. But one writer and artist has built a prolific career on this skill, and works with others, both writers and non-writers, to develop their own ability to celebrate both the ordinary and the extraordinary. SARK (Susan Kennedy) is a best-selling author and artist, with sixteen titles in print and well over two million books sold, an acclaimed speaker and teacher, and creator of Planet SARK: a thriving business that creates innovative products and services designed to inspire your muse. Join Sara Hodon as she chats with SARK about how to channel your creativity, avoid creative dry spells, and make your creative dreams real… MORE >>

     
  4. CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING FOR WRITERS

Creativity, an integral part of writing, is often elusive. What can a writer do to try to recapture or increase creativity and allow it to flow onto the page? There are a variety of exercises and tools to help a writer tap into her creativity, including brainstorming, listing, and mind-mapping. Elizabeth King Humphrey shares a collection of insights, ideas, and inspirations from Jill Bodonsky, Whitney Ferré, and her own techniques for exercising your creative muscles… MORE >>


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  5. 20 QUESTIONS: CREATIVITY EXPERT CHRISTINE KANE

Are you creating your life or just reacting to it? This is the question Christine Kane would ask you. Christine Kane is a singer-songwriter, life coach and mentor, retreat leader, and creativity consultant for the Federal government. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Vision Boards, which she offers as a free download on her website. In this interview, by Patricia Anne McGoldrick, Christine talks about how to keep perfectionism and negative self-talk from crippling your creativity, how creating your own success principles can bring you prosperity, and how to live your life as a Conscious Creative… MORE >>

     
  6. CREATIVE IDEAS TO GET PANTSERS OVER A WRITER’S BLOCK WALL

You're a Pantser, a writer who likes to just sit down and see what grows organically from your keyboard or pen, but you've got a problem. Everything is blank. Oh, sure, you started out in a burst of creative ecstasy, but it was the equivalent of a one-night stand. Well, maybe a month-long stand. But you still need to know what happens next to move your story along. From storyboards to timelines, a wall of notes, and everything in between, Beth Daniels shows Pantsers a baker’s dozen of creative ways to break through writer’s block and stay true to their non-plotting passion… MORE >>

     
  7. FENG SHUI FOR WRITERS: HOW TO CREATE A SPACE YOU LOVE

As writers, it is important to have a space that allows the words to flow and Feng Shui can help accomplish that. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot and can be done with items you already have in your own home. In this article, Kerrie Flanagan shares simple ways you can implement Feng Shui into your writing space, making it a place that encourages creativity, inspiration, and success… MORE >>

     
  8. THE CREATIVE LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH JULIA CAMERON

How do you harness your creativity and channel it onto the page? The Artist’s Way creativity guru, Julia Cameron, author of The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration, will be the first person to remind you that creativity is “a process” and “you must stay open-minded.” Join Annette Fix as she chats with Julia about her creative life, the pros and cons of collaboration, and her secret for how to… MORE >>

     
  9. REVIEW: FINDING CREATIVE INSPIRATION THROUGH PROMPTS AND EXERCISES

Why does it so often seem that for some of us, the hardest part of “creative writing” is the “creative” part? How can simply coming up with an idea, getting those first few words out, and spinning something new seem so overwhelming? In her article, Erika Dreifus provides a guide to books, e-mail newsletters, blogs, and other online sources for prompts and exercises that are sure to inspire creativity and get your muse running to the page… MORE >>

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The Succulent, Bodacious, and Fabulous SARK - Bestselling Author Creativity Expert - Interview by Sara Hodon
Take A Break For Creativity - How time without distractions can help you get back into the zone - Bridgid Gallagher
Creative Brainstorming For Writers - Excite Your Muse! Brainstorming, Techniques, Lists, Mind-Mapping - Elizabeth King Humphrey
20 Questions Christine Kane - Singer-Songwriter, Author of Guuide to Vision Boards, Creativity Mentor - Interview by Patricia Anne McGoldrick
Feng Shui For Writers: How To Create A Space You Love - Including Tips From Feng Shui Experts and Authors - by Kerrie Flanagan
The Artist's Way Creativity Guru Julia Cameron - The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration - Interview by Annette Fix
Finding Creative Inspiration Through Prompts and Excercises - Erika Dreifus
Creative Ideas To Get Pantsers Over A Writer's Block Wall - A Baker's Doxen of Non-Plotter Ideas - by author Beth Daniels
Writing a Strong Story - Beginnings, Middles, Ends - Debbie Dadey, Jodi Picoult - by Kerrie Flanagan
Using Setting and Description in Creative, yet Crucial Ways - by Darcy Pattison
Red Pencil Round-Up - Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - by Annette Fix
Avoiding Plotholes - by Gayle Trent
Creating Scenes - Fiction's Building Blocks - by Sue Bradford Edwards
Voice - by Cathy C. Hall
Spring 2010 Contest Winners! - Sarah Warburton - Caleb Collier - Angelica R. Jackson
Winter 2010 Contest Winners! - Corinne Mahoney - Lauren Leatherman - Laura J. Silver
Fall 2009 Contest Winners! - Leigha Butler - Arlene Walker - James Tipton
 
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