Visual and Auditory Prompts: Extraordinary Inspiration

When facing the blank page, many authors resort to prompts to get both the creativity and words to flow. There are dozens of prompt books available such as Fred White’s The Daily Writer and Sexton Burke’s The Writer’s Lab: A place to experiment with fiction. But nothing helps a writer incarnate better than to experience a visual or auditory prompt.

If you have a favorite artist, do a Google image search and scan what comes up. What draws your eye? What story or character does the painting or pot or sculpture bring to mind? When inspired, free write. The point is not to write the next blockbuster, but rather to make writing fun again, to nurture the inner creative.

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What We Love: An essay by Dawn Xiana Moon

Kathy Kitts (Northern Illinois University) in the GSECARS research station at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, mounting a Genesis Probe sample (under the yellow plastic cover) prior to data taking. Image credit: Richard Fenner, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

Sometimes we see something so good out in the Interwebs, we have to share it too. Here is an essay by Dawn Xiana Moon on being the other, being a geek, and art as both refuge and resistance. Check it out over on Uncanny.

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When Chaos Rains

©K. Kitts

(Originally published in August of 2016)

How to get back to work when the Universe conspires against you

We’ve been suffering a five-year drought here in the high desert. This year the monsoon returned and has been spitting mud every evening for the last several weeks. It doesn’t rain in the southwest like it does in the North- or Midwest where it can rain for three days straight. Here, no one carries umbrellas because you wait ten minutes and the spot thundershower moves on. Well, usually.

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Alma Alexander: High Science And High Fantasy Walk Into A Bar

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I have a science degree. Well, I have three, actually. I got my basic undergraduate BSc back in 1984, and then followed that up with what in South Africa at the time was a stepping-stone half-undergraduate and half-postgrad degree known as BSc (Hons.)

In my Honours year, there were five of us – three young women, two young men, all eager-beaver young scientists all dewy fresh and enthusiastic. At our post-graduation-ceremony celebration, gathered together at the worst-kept secret at my University, a watering hole called Spanish Gardens. (I used it as a setting for a novel I wrote back before the Mayans said the world would end.)

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Dawn Vogel on Writing in Shared Universes

    

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Today Dawn Vogel has agreed to talk to us today about writing in shared universes.

GC: Dawn please tell us about yourself. What do you write? What themes tend to appear in your work? Which writers have influenced you?

I’m a Midwest native who transplanted herself to the West Coast almost 10 years ago. Though I’ve been writing all my life, I started getting serious about it after my transplanting. I write speculative fiction, though I tend toward a lot of fantasy, steampunk, and alternate history. Most of what I write is short stories, but I have published one novella, and my first novel is due out in 2017.

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