See the fun new gallery of imaginary “Greetings from Hell!” — a series of special Instigation postcards sent in from writers responding to a “creative prompt on the dark side” on the back in clever ways.
In loving homage to Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt’s “Oblique Strategies” lateral thinking cards, I have been creating Diabolique Strategies: a random generator of dark, creative provocations. This will be a free website/webapp you can visit whenever you get stuck in a creative rut and want a little weird, random inspiration. You can also load it up on a mobile browser and install it as an “app” so it’ll always be on hand on your phone or tablet.
Readers of Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side will definitely want to check it out. The new project is currently in development, but almost ready. As a visitor to this webpage, you’re the first to learn about it! You can go to diaboliquestrategies.com to get a sneak peek and learn more.
[As this is in its early stages, I’d appreciate any feedback you’d like to leave in the comments].
Have you tried the Instigation Playground yet? It’s a fun way to collaborate on responses to my “prompts on the dark side” live on twitter, using an awesome new interface called AuthorBee, it allows writers and readers to switch and continue threads “mid-stream” as the storytelling unfolds.
The “playground” was mentioned this week in Publisher’s Weekly‘s coverage of AuthorBee, in Calvin Reid’s article, “Using Twitter, @AuthorBee Creates Fan Engagement”:
Award-winning horror novelist Michael A. Arnzen (100 Jolts and The Gorelets Omnibus) is using the @AuthorBee app to engage his fans in advance of the release of his new book, Instigation (which is a collection of tips and advice to fuel creativity in writers). Arnzen sent out a call to his followers to help him create “a seven course meal menu that gets increasingly disgusting with each new entrée.” His followers responded with a long list of creatively awful suggestions for the hypothetical meal that are archived for reference and future use. His branded @AuthorBee channels also offers fans the ability to buy the book directly via the @AuthorBee website.
Arnzen said, “I see AuthorBee as a great literary experiment. The platform is designed to enable collaborative writing and creativity, and it’s a smart way to integrate Twitter, especially since a lot of ideas come from story prompts that I’ve shared with my followers. It will be cool to see how people use it to create multiple storylines and see their collaborations in a different way.” — Publisher’s Weekly
To join the Instigation Playground, you just need to have a free twitter account, and to follow @AuthorBee to have access to the site. Once you’re there, it’s easy: go to the #Instigation channel, and add segments underneath the story prompts to your heart’s content, continuing an already-begun tale or starting off on your own path. Alternatively, you can just reply to story segments in twitter itself. Along the way, it might help inspire you to come up with new story ideas of your own, which is the whole purpose of Instigation. Come over and play!
It’s “NaNoWriMo” and writers all around America are sweating over their keyboards, slurping coffee, and getting blistery fingers as they challenge themselves to write a complete novel in just 30 days.
Many get stuck and give up halfway through. My book, Instigation, has special help just for novelists and includes a special chapter on “Binge Writing” that might help them persist. Is that you?
In celebration of National Novel Writing Month 2013, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, is discounted to just $1.99 if you buy it directly from this website via PayPal. THAT’S HALF OFF. You’ll only find this offer available right here. Simply click on the button below to order and a password for our Exclusive Content download page will be provided within 48 hours.
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If you’re a fan of Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, come join me and other writers in the beta test of the new “Instigation Playground” on the fantastic collaborative website for users of twitter, AuthorBee.
It’s simple to join.
First, you need a free twitter account.
Then simply send a tweet to @AuthorBee (to gain access) and then go to my personal channel at http://tweet.authorbee.com/channel/instigation.
Once you’re there, you can use AuthorBee’s ingenious collaborative storytelling interface to use short snippets to respond to the posted prompts, or continue stories started by others at any step along the way.
AuthorBee is currently in private beta so you’ll be an early adopter and be among the first to trample in the playground sand with your creative weirdness.
Don’t forget, too, to let me know about stories you publish that were inspired by Instigation so you can be included on the roster at the Instigation Showcase. Our second featured writer is Nora Thompson — learn more at the Showcase, where extra prompts and other inspiration awaits you.
Tonight is Instigation night. Help me spread the word, share a link to this website, circulate by hashtag (#Instigation) on twitter, or just write something instigated by the prompts on gorelets.com and then let me know if you publish it online.
Subscribers to the newsletter at the mastication website (see sidebar or front page for form) can get a copy directly from us at a discount, once it is available for sale online. Backers of The Fridge of the Damned will all be getting their copies first via email, as their reward. It will also be made available for purchase via paypal here. Then it will begin to appear on amazon, nook, and other ebook providers over the week to come. The circle will be complete. The corruption will spread. The end will be nigh. The four horsemen of the gorpocalypse ride tonight. They’ve got meat wagons hitched up behind them. Climb aboard! 🙂
I have also just released the Instigation Showcase page to highlight the work that people produce as a result of working on the Instigation prompts. Let me know if you’re already one of them and you’ll get listed early. I love receiving feedback in reviews, comments, and email as well. It’s no longer my book once it is released this evening. It will then be yours. — Mike Arnzen
Here is Renate Muller’s final cover art for our soon-to-be-published ebook, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side. She did a fabulous job building all the pitchfork components from scratch — and I love all the little details (like the way it pokes through the “O” in “prompts” and how the ‘pencil’ tip smolders with puffs of smoke made of lettering. The title font, too, is fetching and dastardly.
The book rocks and the scope of it is quite epic. It is in the final editing stages and on time for an early March release. Backers of the Fridge of the Damned (sneak photo of the tins here) will be getting their copies first, in gratitude.
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” — Ray Bradbury
February has been a high production month, to the core.Working hard to finish many things related to the recently funded (doubly-so!) kickstarter campaign for The Fridge of the Damned, in cooperation with the good folks at Raw Dog Screaming Press and microhorror.com. (You can see some of what I’ve been up to behind-the-scenes this month in my flickr photo set related to it). Chief among these projects is the Instigation ebook, which is a very big collection of creative writing prompts, story starters, and imagination agitations — and everyone who backed the fridge magnet set will be getting a free copy of it. The book right now has 365 prompts, 31 “spurs” for stories-in-progress, and countless other forms of inspiration for journal writing, revision and more. Proofing and organizing the ebook has gotten me thinking of all sorts of new things… and Bradbury’s quote above rings true to me. The more you do, the better you get. But more than that, the more you do, the more you want to do. Creativity is contagious and sparks lead to fire.
I’m excited to see how people will respond to Instigation…I want to see a raging inferno come out of it. Assuming everything stays on track, the ebook will be released early March.
Here’s a screen capture of the “corkboard” in Scrivener that I’ve been using to organize the prompts… and this is only a partial, vague, view of what is going into this book.