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The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process

The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process


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For devotees of Bird by Bird and The Artist's Way, a memoir-driven guide to healing through the craft of writing

Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the award-winning Weetzie Bat series. Her writing has been called "transcendent" by The New York Times, and her books have been included in "best of" lists compiled by Time magazine and NPR.

In this long-anticipated guide to the craft of writing, Block offers an intimate glimpse of an artist at work and a detailed guide to help readers channel their own experiences and creative energy. Sharing visceral insights and powerful exercises, she gently guides us down the write-to-heal path, revealing at each turn the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences onto the page.

Named for the painting by Frida Kahlo, who famously transformed her own personal suffering into art, The Thorn Necklace offers lessons on life, love, and the creative process.

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ISBN-13: 9781580057516
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books of stories, nonfiction, and fiction, including the Weetzie Bat books, her series of magical-realism novels. She has received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award, and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles, a city the New York Times says she describes "better than any writer since Raymond Chandler." She teachers writing at UCLA, Antioch University, and numerous workshops across the country.

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, co-founder of the literary journal 101 Word Story, co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, and the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo (Chronicle Books).

Table of Contents

Foreword: Four Simple Words ix

Introduction: You Are an Artist! xv

1 Echo: Find a Mentor 1

The 12 Questions: Gifts and Flaws 18

2 Dangerous Angels: Find a Muse 21

The 12 Questions: Wants and Needs 61

3 Blood Roses: Channel Pain into Art 67

The 12 Questions: Arc 86

4 Quakeland: Banish the Critic 89

The 12 Questions: Antagonist 106

5 The Frenzy: Chaos into Order 111

The 12 Questions: Setting 141

6 Roses And Bones: Develop Your Style 147

The 12 Questions: Style 169

7 Guarding The Moon: Persevere 173

The 12 Questions: Theme 189

8 Beyond The Pale Motel: Face Your Fears 191

The 12 Questions: Crisis 216

9 Rough Magick: Love 219

The 12 Questions: Climax 249

10 The Thorn Necklace: Words into Action 253

The 12 Questions: Resolution 260

Scenes 263

Exercises 267

Afterword: The Magic is Within 273

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