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Creative Prompts on the Dark Side

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Brimming with over 500 prompts, INSTIGATION: CREATIVE PROMPTS ON THE DARK SIDE is a treasury of twisted tips, strange scenarios and disturbing sparks to help ignite the fuel in your creative furnace. Its aim? To push you into the danger zone of your imagination, by thinking in unconventional ways and trying things you never thought -- or dared -- to try before in your writing, art, or dreams.

Writers, especially, will benefit from this book of "story starters" that can shatter writer's block and possess your fingers with an impish creative spirit. Arnzen's Instigation -- filled with unique prompts drawn directly from his fiction workshops at Seton Hill University, his columns from Hellnotes and his Bram Stoker Award-winning newsletter, The Goreletter -- has already helped hundreds of horror writers, dark creatives and unconventional artists...many of whom have not only crafted original material, but published it as a result of responding to these twisted prompts.

Contents include: Prompts: 365 Sick Scenarios | Spurs: 31 Turns for the Worse | Resurrections: 13 Radical Revisions | Memoir Mayhem: 151 Prompts for Journaling | The Devil Made You Do It Yourself: 6 DIY Exercises | Essays on Writing on the Dark Side: "In the Mood: Getting Ready to Write"; "Binge Writing and NaNoWriMo"; "Discovering Your Hidden Intentions"; "Question-Storming"; "Making Modern Monsters"; "What Corrupted Me"; "The Five Laws of Arnzen" | Tips For Further Instigaton | Apps, Websites, Related Readings, and Writing Communities

Instigation is distinctive not only in the way it focuses on drawing out your dark side, but also in Arnzen's provocations across the entire writing process, from brainstorming ideas, to starting on the blank page, to resurrecting a stalled novel or approaching revision from an alternative angle. You'll also get plenty of advice in a series of articles that round out the book with tips about the writing life and creativity from a longtime professional author with over twenty years in the business, who has taught graduate writing courses on the dark side for just as long.

Whether you're a thriller writer feeling a twinge of block, a gothic artist hoping to paint yourself out of a dark corner, a horror novelist stuck in your nanowrimo haze, a writing teacher looking for unique classroom activities...or just anyone looking to prime your creative pump, this book is sure to instigate the devil inside of you as you grope deeper into the darkness within and discover the unexpected.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Published: Mar 17, 2013
  • Publisher: Mastication Publications
  • Seller: Michael Arnzen
  • Print Length: 136 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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