Monthly Archives: July 2012

Inkspark #40

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: Continuing with the music! Today, I bring you something I’m completely unfamiliar with. It’s ten minutes of grooving to the not-altogether-unpleasant sound of electric guitar in a very orca-like fashion. Let the music carry your emotions. Please do tell us where the music brought you in the comments. This whole week is very experimental in this whole music-as-prompts thing. I would love to know how you all feel about it.

Song: Hallogallo

Composer: Neu!

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Inkspark #39

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: More music! Just as with yesterday’s Inkspark, listen to this as you write. Let the piece’s emotion resonate with you. If you’re not into classical music, that’s fine; the same concept applies to most other music, although instrumental is generally a better option so that you don’t have another person’s words filling your head. It would be fun to see what such emotional music produces in different writers, so please don’t hesitate to tell us what emotions this produced in the comments.

Piece: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 64 in E Minor: I. Allegro molto appassionato

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

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W is for Writing

“If plan A doesn’t work, remember that the alphabet has 25 other letters. Relax.”

A few of my fellow former inkies and writing buddies have been banding about our thoughts and organizing techniques when we go about writing a novel. It inspired me to write out an ABCs of sorts (with a few letters left for you to fill in). Different ways and tools I and other writers use to build up our stories, develop our characters, track events–in all essence prep and plan ahead, with the best of intentions.  I have yet to meet a writer that does all of these things, but some are more fervent about pre-writing than others. You can these strategies when you get stuck or based on feedback you’ve received, wanting to improve certain areas of your work. Whatever the case, whenever you may use them, hope you find it helpful, dear readers and writers

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Inkspark #38

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: I feel like experimenting, so this week will be musical. Input in the comments would be really cool. What you do: Listen to this music while you write. It’s fifteen minutes, so you’ll probably pump out something fun in that brief period of time. What you want to do is let the music’s emotion guide you. It’s a fun little exercise in writing with emotion. You might find that the music helps you inject emotion into whatever you’re writing.

Song: Bolero

Composer: Maurice Ravel

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Inkspark #37

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Recently, I returned from a month spent studying creative writing at the glorious California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. We did many exercises, but one that was especially fun was the one I will tell you about today. I’m stealing it from the morning teacher, Matt Shears, and give him all the credit.

Today’s Prompt: Try un-writing. What you do is take something somebody else wrote. This works best with really clunky, thick writing, like Oscar Wilde or something else from a very different period in the history of writing. You can also use a news article, a book you loved, a book you hated – whatever you like. What you’re going to do is cross things out until you get a story all your own. Don’t add words; just cross things out until you get something completely new. You might cross out everything on a page but for a few words, or you might cross out only half the original content. Either way, you make it your own.

I once did this with an old copy of Writer’s Digest. Their articles are not something I recommend for un-writing.

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Inkspark #36: GIVEAWAY!

Today, since thirty-six is a number I enjoy, we’re going to have a giveaway. The winner receives a detailed critique of six pages (because thirty-six is six squared), single-spaced, pt. 12 font, of any work they wish. If this works nicely, we’ll have more giveaways in the future, and for even longer works!

Click here to go to the giveaway since WordPress hates me and won’t post the widget.

The critique is of any six pages you choose. This seems short, but we’re hoping to do giveaways like this at least twice a month, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get even more feedback. This length should be enough to account for an entire first chapter. I’m willing to negotiate if your first chapter is longer and you really want input on whether or not it’s engaging. I’m fine going a page or two over six for first chapters and short works. Same goes for if you have two really short chapters that add up to about seven or eight pages.

As for today’s prompt: Write about winning a contest. It can be a Hunger Games-like contest or a simple giveaway. Get creative.

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Inkspark #35

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: Have your character admit to his or her mother that they’ve done something she wouldn’t approve of.

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Inkspark #34

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: Rewrite part of a fairytale in the way you think it should’ve happened.

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Inkspark #33

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: Write a scene that repeatedly references the sun.

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Inkspark #32

Welcome to the day’s Inkspark! Every day, around midnight PST, we provide you with a prompt or picture to spark your creativity for the day.  Feel free to post and/or discuss what the day’s Inkspark leads to in the comments. Happy writing!

Today’s Prompt: I am everything now.

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