InkWell Prompts

Writing Prompt: Write the Red Letter/the Dead Letter

WRITING PROMPT: Red Letter/Dead LetterFeel free to take the following prompt home or post a response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re having trouble with the captcha code sticking, e-mail your piece and...

Being Resolute on Your New Year’s Writing Resolution

They resurface in lost pockets every so often, covered in lint, scrawled on Post-it notes. I analyze them like an archaeologist, studying their messages—some successful, others negotiable, others well, less than so. Go Europe. Quit Smoking. Sell book. Fried food: No. Take more photos; take photos of anything other than [delightful pet basset hound]...

Top 20 Lessons From WD Mag in 2009: Steve Berry

Hey writers, Wasted and lost writing time: We all worry (if not obsess) over it. As it turns out, we’re not alone. It’s time for the next installment in our Top 20 Lessons From WD Magazine in 2009 series. No. 19: Heed the Voice“I didn’t write my first word until I was 35 years...

Mid-Week Prompt: Selling Out/Buying In

Hey writers, Promptly and some of the other WD blogs had a bit of a blackout earlier, but it appears we’re back online (I write as I compose into a Word file, cringing while optimistically eying the “Post” button). Sorry for the radio silence! Assuming all of our technical difficulties have shown mercy on...

Your Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: That Strange Day

Hey writers, The July/August issue of Writer’s Digest is nearly off newsstands, and I feel a bit weepy, like an old friend is about to pack up the U-Haul, give some of those awkward parting hugs and hit the road. I love this edition, and I say that not to get everyone out to...