Friday Writing Prompts

Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Kathleen Ossip, author of THE DO-OVER

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

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This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Kathleen Ossip, author of The Do-Over (2015)

The end of the world

Imagine that this is your last day on earth. Free-write for 15-20 minutes on each of the following topics:

1. Think of someone who means a lot to you, someone you’re intimate with—a child, a parent, a partner, a dear friend. Write what you would urgently want to say to him or her.

2. Your last words will be printed on the front page of the New York Times. Write what you would urgently want to tell the world.

Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Annette Binder

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from L. Annette Binder, author of Rise (2012).

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Tuning In

Eavesdrop on a conversation (at the drugstore, the Jiffy Lube, wherever you might be) and wait till you hear something compelling. Start with that bit of dialogue and see where it leads you. Writers are vampires in their way.

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A Writing Prompt from T. Fleischmann, author of SYZYGY, BEAUTY

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

Today's writing prompt comes from T. Fleischmann, author of Syzygy, Beauty (2012)

 

WRITING YOUR WORST SELF

I believe that one of the most difficult challenges in writing an essay is the challenge of presenting myself—of deciding when to reveal my best self, my worst self, of finding something like honesty or authenticity in the way I construct my voice on the page. (I think this is true regardless of whether the essay is memoir or not.) So, start a new essay and write it as your worst self. Indulge your flaws. Be a jerk, be unlikable, be petty, and self-righteous and think you’re great the whole time. Root out the qualities of yourself that you most often hide and parade them around the page, seeing if maybe they have something to offer after all.  

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A WRITING PROMPT FROM MARK JARMAN, AUTHOR OF THE HERONY

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

Today's writing prompt comes from Mark Jarman, author of To the Green Man (2004), Epistles (2007), Bone Fires (2011), and a forthcoming collection of poetry, The Herony (2017). 

 

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SPLICING SONNETS

 Write a sonnet, then cut it in half. Throw one half away and see if you can make the remaining seven lines work on their own. Or save both halves and make them into separate short poems. 

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A Writing Prompt from Elena Passarello, Author of LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

Today's writing prompt comes from Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat (2012) and the forthcoming Animals Strike Curious Poses. 

 

VOICE AS MIRROR

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When in your life has someone commented on the way you sounded? Maybe you moved to a new town and got teased for your accent, or maybe your voice changed before those of the other guys in Jr. High, or maybe a lover once told you s/he called “just to hear the sound of your voice.” List up to ten of these. Then either A) tell the one story with the most potential, or B) string several shorter stories together in a series of vignettes.