Write Away Weekly
“Write. Find a way to keep alive and write. There is nothing else to say. If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real.” —James Baldwin
What’d You Write?
What Is Write Away Weekly?
- For those who have resolved to commit or recommit to their writing…
- For those who want a fun, creative way to express themselves every week…
- For those looking to breathe new energy into their practice…
- For those who need a little push, a little prompt
Every Saturday you’ll receive an email with a writing prompt and inspiration for the week. Each email is full of examples and craft notes that are practical and insightful.
Choose an old draft to revise.
Consider the narration interspersed with lines of dialogue.
Try including dialogue in a poem. Make the whole poem feel like one side of an imaginary conversation.
If there’s verbatim dialogue, is it still nonfiction?
Establish the relationship between characters through dialogue. Make patterns just to break them.
Dialogue can be indirect, unsaid, or imagined, and still be revelatory.
Write the truth. Free the tigers.
Write using cool science facts as a prompt.
Revisit art you once loved and write with empathy for that version of yourself.
We want more plagiarism! So make us some more plagiarism.
A prompt inspired by a great thinker, Molly Brodak.
Listen. Write down what you hear.
The first day of the intro fiction workshop I took with David Foster Wallace, we played Two Truths and a Lie.
Repetition is a spiritual practice. Just as rituals center and sustain us, we eschew novelty and reach for the eternal.
Anaphora, in which the start of each sentence or phrase is repeated, is our business today.