Describe a Time When You Found the Courage to Write: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe a time when you found the courage to write. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.
Author:
Publish date:

Our upcoming July/August issue is focused on bravery. So, we would love to know about a time when you were brave enough to write something that challenged you emotionally, creatively, or otherwise.

From Our Readers

Our formal ask: Describe a time when you found the courage to write.

Bravery, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It can take all sorts of forms and might not be obvious to the casual viewer. But anyone in a creative field knows that it takes a good amount of bravery to pursue the love of their craft.

Most recently, I found I had to be extra brave while participating in the 2021 Flash Fiction February Challenge here on the WD site. On top of committing to writing an entire draft of a story every day for 28 days, I knew I was writing first-drafts (most of which would come out, as most first drafts do, below my expectations) and that I'd be posting them specifically for other writers to view. In a strange way, it felt like stage fright! But I was still able to buckle down and complete the challenge, writing a new flash fiction piece every day in February and coming out with many pieces I'd love to revise.

Share your answers with us in the comments below for a chance to be published in the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Provide an answer to the ask "Describe a time when you found the courage to write” in the comments below.
  • Answers can be funny, weird, poignant, thought-provoking, entertaining, etc.
  • Remember to include your name as you would like it to appear in print.
  • Deadline for commenting this time around is April 21, 2021.
  • Only comments shared below will be considered for publication, though feel free to share your answers on social media with the following hashtags: #WDReaders and #WritingAchievement.

Note on commenting: If you wish to comment on the site, go to Disqus to create a free new account, verify your account on this site below (one-time thing), and then comment away.

GettyImages-119430542

Your Story #112

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Self-Published Ebook Awards

Announcing the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards! Discover the titles that placed in the categories of contemporary fiction, fantasy, memoir, mystery, and more.

Greg Russo: On Writing a Film Based on a Video Game

Greg Russo: On Writing a Screenplay Based on a Video Game

Professional screenwriter Greg Russo discusses the joy and challenge of converting a popular video games series into a screenplay and the balance of enticing a new audience while honoring a franchise's fans.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a city poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character fall under the influence of something or someone.

WD-PersonalEssay-2020-WinnerGraphic

Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Want to know how to keep your readers engaged and entertained with your mystery novel? Let these six tips from thriller author Kris Calvin guide you!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank story poem.

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.