boxed in

Lately my creativity has been boxed up like a black lab in an empty house full of leather furniture. I’ve only had the energy to write a quick sentence in a Christmas card or build a half scene in a writing exercise. I’m gonna blame my  short attention span on the sparkly, silvery holiday season, Netflix, and spiked hot apple cider. Yeah, probably more the last two.

Lulls in creativity happen. For me, it usually means I need to “fill the well.” Not sure what I mean by that? Filling the well is any act a creative type does to get inspired: seek out new writing prompts, go to a museum, take a long walk, sit in a coffee shop just to listen in on conversations that could become short stories. That sort of thing. How long has it been since you filled your well?

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prompt up!

Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.

This week’s prompt up taken from Jan’s essay, Outerwear, is: “Nothing is ever dead and buried even if the people are.”

more prompts for  you

Write—not sing, we promise—a ballade or check out the master class all around you in this month’s nonfiction know-how.

yeah write #296 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!

Basic yeah write guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the challenge grid badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
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  3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
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Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

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