Posts tagged ‘Write Away’

May 3, 2010

Write Away #34

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“She was going to have to make the choice.”

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April 22, 2010

Write Away #33

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baseball
lightening
expanse

April 15, 2010

Write Away #32

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April 8, 2010

Write Away #31

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Why not write AND publish?

Click the link for today’s special Write Away at The List Anthology.

(Note: Deadlines for submissions on this writing prompt is May 15.)

April 5, 2010

Join National Poetry Writing Month!

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April is poetry, poetry, poetry. Even if you’re not a poet (but especially if you are!) join National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and pledge to write a poem a day during April. Hopefully, all your hard work will result in some excellent poems you can submit to this.

Need an idea to get you going? Check our past Write Away posts to jog those juices!

Visit the official NaPoWriMo website for further details.

April 5, 2010

Write Away #30

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Use only setting to deliver your character’s internal thoughts about his only son dying in war. Don’t specifically mention war in your piece.

March 27, 2010

Write Away #29

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March 25, 2010

Write Away #28

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bananas

March 22, 2010

Write Away #27

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“Their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.”

March 18, 2010

Write Away #26

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That pounding, that terrible, vicious, animal pounding at the temples and Freddy couldn’t find the aspirin, the little white pills to save him before Bianca arrived.

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March 14, 2010

Write Away #25

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She turned quickly and the screen door closed behind her.

March 7, 2010

Write Away #24

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“Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.”
~Arthur Schopenhauer

March 7, 2010

The Return of Write Away!

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In the midst of reading submissions and designing our new website, we’ve been more than pathetically lax with posting Write Away. Well, it’s back!

For those new to the blog (or who have just plain forgotten), Write Away sprang from this little post (reprinted below in case you’re too lazy to click the link):

      In her book Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott encourages writers to find time to sit down at their desks everyday and to write, no matter how difficult it is or how impossible it seems. Just write, even if it’s only 300 words.

      When I read this I thought, easy cake. 300 words is nothing to write everyday. And then I tried it. Like knitting or teaching kindergarteners, I realized, shit, this is hard. Especially for someone who can’t turn off the internal editor as she writes and strives to make every sentence perfect, 300 words everyday is asking quite a lot.

      One afternoon in the middle of cursing out Anne Lamott and her little challenge as I stared down my computer screen with simmering rage, willing the end of the short story I was working on to fall from my fingertips, I realized, wait a minute. She said I just have to write 300 words. She didn’t say I had to write 300 words that I would ever use again or 300 words of pure, blissful, Amy Hempel-quality, or even 300 words towards the story I was currently working on. I just had to write 300 damn words!

      Feeling like I’d decoded the top secret message to finally grant my entry to the inner circle, I opened a book to a random page, slid my finger halfway down, and wrote 300 words using the sentence my finger landed upon as the springboard. Was it the best 300 words I’d ever written? Certainly not. But it did loosen me up for a bit, yes, absolutely.

      I don’t always write 300 words from a writing prompt before I get down to work, but sometimes it helps. Sometimes, like with taxes, you need a nice distraction in between your I-9 and your 1040. Some writing prompts don’t go anywhere and that’s okay. Some are incorporated into stories I’m working on, either directly or indirectly. Some grow into an entire life of their own.

      I think writing prompts are more fun and often open up more creativity if they come from outside yourself (hence, the random book page). Beginning today, this zine is going to post one writing prompt everyday under the title “Write Away.” Why that title? First, I think if you love to write and intend to write, you often have an itch to write right now, right away, sometimes when it’s least convenient. Second, the idea of the writing prompt is to read it and go, without thinking, and just write away, without stopping to edit. You can edit later. For now you are only going to write. Maybe all you can get out is 300 words before you’re spent. Maybe you’re lost to another world the next four hours, writing away. It doesn’t matter what happens, so long as you take the time to devote at least 300 words to your writing.

      And hey, if it leads to something you send to us, wouldn’t that be great too?

Our initial goal, of course, was to bring you a new Write Away everyday. That remains our goal but hey, let’s face it, sometimes life intervenes, sometimes you need a vacation, and sometimes your MacBook just won’t corporate (that last one actually isn’t true–the MacBook always corporates).

The point is:
GOAL: to bring one new Write Away each day.
REALITY: to bring a new Write Away often enough to assuage our guilt about abandoning you for so long and to get you writing.

Let the writing day begin.

September 15, 2009

Write Away #23

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fading

 

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September 13, 2009

Write Away #22

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Order & Disorder

 

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August 29, 2009

Write Away #21

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nothing

 

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August 27, 2009

Write Away #20

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Use the ten unrelated words below and include them all in your story or poem:

 

ditch, dog, unilateral, brevity, pun, captured, mink, broken, official, lovingly.

 

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August 25, 2009

Write Away #19

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“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”
~Henry David Thoreau, “Walking”

 

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August 19, 2009

Write Away #18

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“Honesty’s the best policy.”
~Miguel de Cervantes

 

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August 10, 2009

Write Away #17

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Take the following dialogue and include it in your story or poem:

 

Person 1: I said I didn’t want to.
Person 2: Things are different now.
Person 1: You never understand.
Person 2: You aren’t the same. Nothing is the same.

 

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August 6, 2009

Write Away #16

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Write a story of at least 500 words without using the word “the.”

 

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August 5, 2009

Write Away #15

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Water Raining

    Water astonishing and difficult altogether makes a

  • meadow and a stroke.

~Gertrude Stein

 

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August 1, 2009

Write Away #14

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Write a story or poem set during a war and written from the perspective of a dog. Do not mention that you are a dog.

 

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July 31, 2009

Write Away #13

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Fear

 

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July 30, 2009

Write Away #12

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Use the following as the title for your piece. Write for ten minutes without self-editing.

 

This Can Be Your Room

 

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