Weekly Writing Invite Winner: Kate Foley

(Each week, Spun from Ink will be posting a writing invitation. Readers are encouraged to send a short piece to SpunFromInk@gmail.com for the chance to have it featured on this blog. For more information, including submission rules, please visit the Weekly Writing Invitations page.)

I am so excited to bring you the first winner of Spun From Ink’s weekly writing invitations: Kate Foley.


Kate FoleyI am a 14-year-old homeschooler, author, daydreamer, voracious reader, and fangirl. I love the impossible (which might explain my obsessions with fantasy novels and Harry Potter) but I dip into the real world . . . occasionally. I tend to get overly emotional when reading sad parts in my favorite books or whenever anyone mentions “Doomsday,” “The Reichenbach Fall,” and basically anything related to “Supernatural.” I write to survive and will often yell at my characters if they aren’t behaving, which is always. It doesn’t usually help. I am a contributor to the “Fauxpocalypse” anthology. You can check out my blog at http://themagicviolinist.blogspot.com/ and follow me on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist.

This is a short chapter from my YA novel, The Sorceress. It’s a medieval fantasy about a girl named Anya who wants to be a soldier in the king’s army, even though it’s against the rules for a woman to join.

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45 Tumblrs for Writers

 I really enjoy tumblr because it’s full of people enthusiastic about just about anything you can think of. That makes it a great place for all kinds of people, including writers. I thought I’d put together a list of some of the blogs I’ve found to share with you.

I tried to organize, but another one of tumblr’s charms is in its eccentricity, so be prepared for surprises. Even if you can’t find what you need here, try searching on your own. I also tried to make sure these blog were recently active, but I may have missed something. I apologize in advance.

General Writer’s Reference (AKA the things that I couldn’t put in one category)

1. The Writer’s Helpers
2. I Am Not an Expert 
3. The Writing Café 
4. Writing Questions Answered
5. Writer’s Yoga
6. Office of Letters and Light
7. Reference for Writers
8. Bristled 
9. Everything 4 Writers
10. Max Kirin
11. The Writing Box
12. Writing Masterposts
13. Down to the Kitchens
14. The Scribe’s Notes
15. Kiara’s Writing Masterpost
16. The Fiction Tree
17. Write World
18. Starrify-everything’s Writing Masterpost
19. Writing Infographic Masterpost
20. ANC Writer’s Resources
21. Late Night Novel Writing

Writing Prompts and Exercises
22. Promptly Written
23. I Dare You to Write
24. The Story Bank’s Vault 
25. One Sentence Writing Prompts
26. Writing Prompts that Don’t Suck
27. Suddenly; Prompts! 

Writing Motivation and Humor
28. GR8 Writing Tips
29. Writing Memes

Fantasy and Scifi Writing
30. Bibliotecha Secreta
31. Public Secrets
32. Art Inspires Me to Write
33. Writing Prompts, Tips, and Advice
34. The Wandering Folklorist 
35. Science Fiction World
36. LannisterJoanna’s Fantasy Writing Post

Character Development
37. Fuck Yeah Character Development
38. A Question of Character 
39. Writing with Color
40. Masterpost of Character Writing Guides 
41. Character Quirks are Cool

42. Pew Research
43. How To Fight Write
44. American Heritage Dictionary
45. WordStuck

I might not be on as often as I used to, but you can find my tumblr here. Feel free to mention any other tumblrs you’ve found helpful that I may have missed!



Weekly Writing Invitation (January 14th)

(Each week, Spun from Ink will be posting a writing invitation. Readers are encouraged to send a short piece to SpunFromInk@gmail.com for the chance to have it featured on this blog. For more information, including submission rules, please visit the Weekly Writing Invitations page.)

This week, we are going to try something new. Below, you will find a list of sentences. Choose two, and use one to open your story and one to close it. If you are thinking about entering poetry, the same rules apply, but you make break these sentences into as many lines as you choose.

Opening Lines:

The night was too cold for any creature to be moving outside.

“Next time, I swear I’ll actually listen to your advice! Just get me out of this!”

He wasn’t at all what she’d expected, but that gave her an advantage.

Closing Lines:

I stared up at the sun.

She knew what her next move had to be.

Now, we just had to come up with a story to hide how we’d actually spent spring break.

Feel free to adjust pronouns and tense as you wish, but be wary of making other adjustments because I have chosen these because they can apply to many different types of writing. If you believe it is completely necessary, try to email me before the deadline (January 13th at 11:59 PM EST) and I’ll let you know if your changes are acceptable or not. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to post them in the comments or to email them to me.

Hope to hear from you soon,


So Many Books, So Little Time (Also, Writing Invitation Submission Deadline!)

First of all, please note that the deadline for my first writing invitation is tonight at 11:59 PM EST. Tomorrow, I will be posting a new invitation, regardless of if I receive entries. Even if you have just a little time to write something up, don’t be afraid to send it in to me! I’d really love to have somebody’s work to post, and I’m really excited to get in contact with you guys.

Anyway, I’m  looking forward to a very busy semester. I start my last three at GRCC next week, and then it’s off to Grand Valley. I’ve also realized that maybe I should’ve spent more time applying for scholarships, but I think that late is still better then never. Even though I am going to be swamped, I still look forward to sharing my thoughts here with all of you, and I promise that I will try to post something of relevance at least once a week, but please forgive me if I slip up. This blog is really important to me for a lot of reasons, so I am going to put as much effort into this as my priorities allow.Read More »

Spun from Ink’s New Year

Hey everyone! I hope that all of you had a safe and exciting New Year’s Eve!

I am a little reluctant to see 2014 go, regardless of some of the shit that happened. I finally took a creative writing class last semester, which led to a lot of great things for me. One, it helped me get closer to two amazing young ladies. Two, it led me to getting an editorial position at Display, my school’s twice-yearly literature and art publication. Since I’m presently thinking about going into publishing, it was great to hear what our adviser had to say and to have the hands on experience. I was also really excited to have one of my poems published in it as well. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a link to share with you guys because I am really proud of what I wrote.

That class also pushed me to create Spun from Ink. It gives me a place to talk about the thing I love the most, and has already helped me develop a great friendship with Kate at The Magic Violinist. She’s an absolute sweetheart and I always look forward to reading her comments and emails. Hopefully, she’s just the first of many other writers that I will be able to connect with through this blog. I also love the feeling of pride I get when I look at how much work I’ve put into this. I also want to thank all of you for reading what I have to say. It makes me so happy to think that my advice is helping other writers.Read More »