Spill that Ink!

A new writer’s platform called Inkitt is holding a free writing contest for short fiction. What is the theme of the horror contest? “You are in the darkest place in the world.” (This theme can be interpreted literally or figuratively.) We want writers who will submit their blood-curdlers, spine-tinglers, skin-crawlers, and hair-raisers; writers who will…

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Steps to Writing a Book — The “Cloisonné Technique of Writing”

I have analogized the steps to writing a book to the ancient cloisonné method for metalwork décor. The pictures serve to provide a mental picture as you work your way from vague story idea to a completed novel. What is cloisonné? Cloisonné is an enamelling technique whereby fine strips of metal are welded into metal…

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Writing Prompts Don’t Work for Writer’s Block

  Imagine that a famous artist were suffering through, as artists often are, a period of stagnation; this artist would start on canvases with great energy, only to destroy them shortly thereafter in a fit of hopelessness. Stuck in a cycle of unproductivity, this artist would be desperate to retrieve his former creative fire, to…

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