I first learned about Inktober last October, when I was browsing through my Instagram feed. What was this? Fantastic ink drawings? These people were seriously talented! I wanted to do that too!
Twenty minutes later, I crumpled my piece of paper and threw my pen with disgust. Nope. I was not an artist.
In January 2017, I started to bullet journal and, because no one was watching and there was no pressure, I began to draw again. Those early drawings were awful, but they improved. And now, this October, I realized I was ready to take on the #Inktober challenge. To my delight, I discovered that not only artists, but authors, had now joined the challenge! While artists penned an ink drawing according to the Inktober daily prompts, authors penned 50 word microfiction. The results from these authors are just as spectacular and talented as the results from the artists!
I decided to combine the challenges into my own: a 50-word story AND a drawing to go with it. I'm happiest with lots of colors, so, although #Inktober is all about pen and paper, I've added my markers into the mix. Check out my video about it!
I may end up skipping a day here or there, but even so, I'm excited by the explosion of creativity all around me. Follow the hashtag #Inktober on social media and read stories, view artwork, and connect with incredible creatives from all over the world!
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I write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that explores fantastic new worlds, with stories that burn through the darkest realities with hope and redemption.
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