An Octopus Among Us

Roof Octopus, by Lucy Branam Release Date: March 1, 2018 Sleeping Bear Press Inked Voices member Lucy Branam was writing short fiction when she wrote the first draft of a story about an octopus. It occurred to her that the idea might make a compelling picture...

Show and Tell: Why Writers Need to Do Both

Note from Brooke: This post is by Inked Voices member writer Melissa Gardner. Sometimes we are lucky enough to host her for small group workshops, and she does professional critiques for writers, too. Every writer knows the phrase, “Show, don’t tell.” We’ve heard this...

My Year Reading Books About Writing

Note from Brooke: Today’s post is from Heather Pagano. I’ve been fortunate to hear about this journey in drips throughout this year and hope you find her conclusions as helpful as I do! *** “I don’t read books about writing.” I’ve said these words, or some...

Word Mandalas

We write, we collect words, we move forward. We build a portfolio word by word, piece by piece. This time, however, let’s veer off in a new direction. Instead of thinking of our words as inviolate, start thinking of them as ephemeral. And when I say this I don’t...
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