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Welcome to The Time Is Now. For even more inspiration, check out our Tumblr, Lines We Live By, a collection of excerpts from our favorite books.

Poetry Prompt

Write an epistolary poem in which you apologize to the recipient of the letter. Read "This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams and "I Had Just Hung Up From Talking to You" by Jessica Greenbaum for two examples.

 
Fiction Prompt

Write a story in which you present no detailed descriptions of the characters, major or minor. The information the reader gleans about the characters in the story--their motivations, their gender, their personalities, even their looks--must be conveyed entirely through what they say. Observe how this reliance on dialogue changes the way you go about structuring the story.

 

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

The summers of youth--and the unparalleled magic carried with them--have inspired many great works of literature. In "Once More to the Lake," E.B. White's classic coming-of-age essay about the August when he was twelve, the author writes: "Summertime, oh summertime, pattern of life indelible, the fade proof lake, the woods unshatterable, the pasture with the sweet fern and the juniper forever and ever, summer without end." Write an essay about being a child in the summertime. It may be about one particular moment or one particular summer, or about the season as a whole. For inspiration, read White's essay or Ray Bradbury's semi-autobiographical novel about summer and youth, Dandelion Wine. 

 

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:

You Can't Make This Stuff Up  
 
You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between (Da Capo Press, 2012) by Lee Gutkind

 

 

 

 

 

 

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