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Writer’s Block: What Causes Writer’s Block, and How to Overcome It

Writer’s block—having difficulty producing new writing—affects almost every writer at some point, and it can be debilitating for our creativity. If you’ve explored creative writing, I probably don’t have to tell you how painful and challenging writer’s block can be. In this article, we’ll look at writer’s block more deeply, asking “What is writer’s block?”—beyond…

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The body and soul of your memoir | memoir writing course

Writing About Real People

Sneak Peek: This essay is excerpted from some of the materials I’ll be sharing in my class, “The Body and Soul of Your Memoir: Shape, Focus, and Write Your Memoir” at Writers.com starting June 4. When my memoir, The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body,…

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what is free indirect discourse?

What is Free Indirect Discourse? Writing the “Intimate 3rd Person”

Free indirect discourse is a narrative technique in which writers employ the third person POV with the intimacy of 1st person perspective. While this technique became popularized in the 20th century, it has been used for generations of storytellers, as writers have experimented with exploring their characters’ interiorities. Also known as free indirect speech or…

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embodied writing | online writing class

Embodied Writing: Interview with Rosemary Tantra Bensko

In this interview, Writers.com instructor Rosemary Tantra Bensko discusses her practice of embodied writing, a creative writing process that uses movement exercises to access the wisdom of the whole body. How did you get interested in the relationship between writing and the body? Around five years ago, I was reading the new reports that came out…

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tips for food writers

Five Tips for Aspiring Food Writers: Interview with Jennifer Billock

In this interview, Writers.com instructor and professional food writer Jennifer Billock shares her most important advice for anyone interested in food writing. 1. Don’t Be a Picky Eater The first thing is that you’d have to be willing to eat a lot of different things, and sometimes not super-pleasant things. For example, I was just…

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flash fiction writing prompt

Flash Fiction Prompt: The Storyteller

Below is “The Storyteller,” a flash fiction prompt by Writers.com instructor Barbara Henning from her forthcoming The Prompt Book. Enjoy it as a jumping-off point for your creativity! — Think of a story that someone told you, maybe when you were growing up. Or retell a story that you have told others. Let the voice of…

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Jump-start your creativity with our writing prompts. Check back regularly for new prompts!

Show and Tell

Write a story or poem about an object with a lot of nostalgic value for you/the narrator. Do not, at any point, tell the reader explicitly what this object is.

Forgive and Forget

Write a story or poem about a time when you had to forget something to maintain a friendship or relationship.

Trash Day

Collect pieces of “junk writing”—spam emails, credit card advertisements, roadside billboards, bumper stickers, etc. Then, write a story or poem that uses all of the junk writing you collected.