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Welcome to this week's installment of The Time Is Now. And if you're looking for even more inspiration for your writing, check out Writers Recommend, our online exclusive where authors share books, art, music, writing prompts,
films--anything and everything--that has inspired them in their writing. 
 

POETRY PROMPT
Poet Stanley Kunitz often advised his students to end a poem on an image without explaining it. Write a new poem or revise an old one, ending it with an evocative image left unexplained.  

 

FICTION PROMPT
Think about a time or incident from your past when you just barely averted disaster. Write a story about it, but change the circumstances so that the disaster actually happens. 

 

CREATIVE NONFICTION PROMPT

Research one of the decades during which you were a child. Make a list of the popular music at the time, the best-selling books, the favorite movies and celebrities. Then write notes about politics--who was president? what were the major political issues in the United States and globally? Then freewrite about the neighborhood where you lived--who were your neighbors? what was the living situation like? what was a typical day for you and the people around you. Finally, choose an event from your life or from history that happened during the time you've researched and write about it, using your research to inform and contextualize what you write.  

 

THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick:



     

19th Century American Writers on Writing
(Trinity University Press, 2011), edited by Brenda Wineapple
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