• Prompt: “All sorrows can be borne”

    By on March 19, 2022 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 14 comments


    Writing Prompt: Write a response to the following line from Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen): “All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.” If you’d like to share — and we hope you will! — post it in the comments below.


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    Your Best 2021 Writing Experience

    By on February 19, 2022 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 23 comments


    Discussion question: What was your best 2021 writing experience? That one particular day when every word was the right word? That time the walls came down and you wrote your way through a problem that had been nagging at you for months or years? Or when your writing and the environment in which you wrote combined to form a memorable experience? Let us hear about it in the comments.


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    Your Best 2021 Reading Experience

    By on January 22, 2022 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 31 comments



    Discussion question: What was your best 2021 reading experience? When timing, environment, and the book itself came together in a memorable way? read more

    Prompt: In 2021, I; In 2022, I

    By on January 1, 2022 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 49 comments



    Writing Prompt: Fill in the blanks: “In 2021 I ______” and “In 2022 I ______.” Your responses do not have to be about writing & reading! Take it where you want it to go; let it take you wherever it wants you to go. read more

    The Writer’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

    By on December 18, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 37 comments



    Discussion question: Help us build the writer’s ultimate holiday gift guide. What are the best literary gifts you’ve ever given or received? 


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    Prompt: Hurts, Hearts, Keep Going

    By on December 4, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 28 comments



    Discussion question: This week we welcome two new writing coaches! For a prompt, write a response to one of the following pieces of writing advice offered by Tariq and Darcie: 1) Write what hurts most; 2) Keep going; 3) Ask yourself what the story is doing in the reader’s heart.

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    Prompt: All the Places You’ve Written

    By on November 13, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 26 comments



    Discussion questions: This week I want us to take a look at some of the memorable places we’ve written, whether they’re former favorite writing spots or one-time stolen moments during our travels, or even during our everyday lives. Write about the places you’ve written! And like last time, feel free to share a photo. read more

    Prompt: Your Writing Space

    By on October 30, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 48 comments



    Discussion question: This week’s post is a simple prompt: Write about your writing space. And share a photo with us!

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    Prompt: Your Last 10 Words

    By on October 3, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 42 comments

    Discussion questions: Not a question, but write a story or poem or *something* using the last five to ten words you’ve looked up on your dictionary app or online or, if you can remember, in your actual dictionary. (If you don’t have such a log, you can use my words.) Also, share with us why you looked up these words, if there’s an interesting reason.

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    Is a Novel “Written By” Its Narrator?

    By on September 4, 2021 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 32 comments


    Discussion questions: My writer friend operates under the premise that any novel he reads is a book written and published by its (fictitious) narrator. What he wants to know is: “Am I really the only one who thinks this shit?” So, is he? What’s your take on novels or stories as being the written product of their narrators?


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