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The Time Is Now                 September 6, 2012  
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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 that incorporates the following words: transfer, single, impend, knot, rhapsody, revue, air lock.  

 

Fiction Prompt

Write a story with two major threads, each with two characters. For example, the first could be a man and a woman driving in a car. Where are they going? What happens along the way? What are they discussing? The second thread could be about two boys in a canoe. Do they get along? What is the relationship between them? What happens to cause tension between them? Switch back and forth between each thread, spinning each of the stories. Find a way to slowly weave the stories together: Do the two sets of characters cross paths? Are they somehow related? Is one story something that happened in the past of a character from the other story? 

 

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

Now that fall has almost arrived, ruminate about all that happened over the summer. Choose a moment or a scene that you distinctly remember and freewrite about it. What took place? Who was involved? Is it important? If not, why did you remember it? How did it make you feel? Review your freewriting and transform what you discover into an essay that transcends the subject at hand, so that it has universal appeal to readers. 

 

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: 

Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction  

 

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises From Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers (Rose Metal Press, 2012) edited by Dinty W. Moore  

  

  

  

  

  

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