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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 a poem whose title is "Preface to________." Fill in the blank. Is the poem a preface to a love note? A preface to a confession? Write the poem as if it were an introduction to another written work.  

 
Fiction Prompt

Write a story in which one of the following objects triggers a flashback: a child's keyboard, a bag of Werther's Original Caramels, a taxidermied animal, a bar of lavender soap, or an old travel brochure.

 

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

The letter is one of the earliest and most widely practiced forms of the personal essay: It tells a story about the author's life; it poses questions; and, perhaps most important, it's a way of connecting to a reader. Write a letter to someone you know, keeping the basic tenants of the personal essay in mind. The letter should be about you, but should also somehow address a larger question or idea. For inspiration, check out Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road (Grossman, 1970), a collection of letters that documents her years-long correspondence and relationship with the owners of Marks & Co., a bookstore in London.

 

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 Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir 
(St. Martin's Griffin, 2012) by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson

  

  

  

  

  

  

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