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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About the Author
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
Afterword: The Magic is Within 273