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Burnt Offerings (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

Loaded phrases. The ones offered in white on these writing prompts.They're a bit harder to come up with than you'd think. My favourite so far has been black water, maybe because it just sounds creepy-cool, or because I, like you, are mostly water and the phrase calls to some swimmy, old part of us down deep. Anyway, what I was saying is the sayings…they're tough. Maybe you've no desire to fill this writing prompt but maybe you have something that sounds…creepy-cool? Two to four words for the white bit there? Inspire me won't you?    Be Careful Writer…and Write Us Something Things...

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First Meetings: When Their Story Starts

K Caine

By K Caine First meetings are always going to have a soft spot for me. When I think about how I want to recommend a story that I love to someone—I think about the first meetings, I think about what sparks excitement for me, I think about the possibilities that come from character arcs intersecting.When I write, I try to think of those same things as well. I look at the paths that characters are on, and I look at the paths that I would prefer them to be on, and I try to figure out how I can intersect...

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Be Careful… (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

I'm glad goosebumps are not in short supply or I'd have to start rationing mine. You and your stories are making me go through in inordinate number of these little things, because you persistently insist on writing wee bits of magic when prompted with little more than some colours and an obscure image. Thank you. Will you do it again? On Space Chickens and Lonely Lochs—Inspired Writing Below are some quotes from last weeks lovelies, inspired by "Sudden Silence," and of course I'd love to include yours in next week's. ~ She is as old as this world, born in...

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6 Tips: Writers and Artists Working from Home

Jamie Ashbird Janet Anderton K Caine Tim Richards Wendy C Fries Working From Home

When All of This™ first began, I edited a Spark newsletter about working from home. That issue is chocka-block with tips from the experienced and neophyte on Getting Stuff Done when all the doing happens from the dining room table, or a corner of the couch. The tips were so great that I asked for more and more is what I got, so here, hot of the home presses are a half dozen tips to help you focus even as Fido barks and social media siren songs. How Do You Work From Home (Some Answers Involve a Tomato and a Dinosaur)?...

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Sudden Silence… (Writing Prompts)

Writing Prompts

I have a secret. I'll tell it to you because it's a good one, and the secret is this: each time you post a tiny, perfect jewel of a story, each time you use these writing prompts to create something eerie or hopeful, dark or delightful, every damned time, it's like I'm unwrapping a Christmas present. The best part is never knowing what to expect. Some of you go grim with these prompts, others write slice-of-life, many are a bit of both. I try and help with weird words and at least one slightly veering image. This week I wonder—what...

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