Prompt to Page with Katerina Stoykova

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 15

For our fifteenth episode, we talk to Katerina Stoykova, author of Second Skin and Senior Editor of Accents Publishing. Katerina discusses how she uses her journals to create writing prompts for herself and offers advice for doing so with your own journals.

She believes that writers should "learn to write when you don't have time for writing." She says writing "when you don't have time... prepares you a whole lot better for stretches of time when you do have time for writing."

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Prompt to Page with Sarah Combs

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 13

For our thirteenth episode, we talk to Sarah Combs, author of Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic. Sarah shares her love of writing groups, reading "at whim," and offers a writing prompt that works for all levels and genres. If you're gearing up for National Novel Writing Month, you may find her prompt especially helpful.

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Prompt to Page with Shawn Pryor

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 12

For our twelfth episode, we talk to Shawn Pryor, author of the graphic novel series Cash and Carrie and a guest at this year's Comic Surge. Shawn describes the collaborative process of writing graphic novels and shares three of his favorite prompts. He explains how he uses writing prompts both when he's working on books and when he just wants to have fun. more: Prompt to Page with Shawn Pryor

Prompt to Page With Claudia Love Mair

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 11

For our eleventh episode, we talk to Claudia Love Mair, author and coordinator of the Carnegie Center's Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative. Claudia Love discusses the importance of names in her life and shares a prompt that will make you see your own name—and yourself—in a new way.

Claudia Love advises all writers to "stay open. All around you are prompts. There are prompts in the trees and in the clouds and in your mother's face. So, don't look at prompts as only being, you know, words on paper or something that you get at a workshop, something in the books. There are prompts all around you. Take advantage and keep writing."

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Prompt to Page With David Dominé

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 10

For our 10th episode, we talk to David Dominé, author of A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City. David offers a food-related writing prompt that will have you reaching into the back of your refrigerator.

He also talks about his writing process, including how he manages rejection. "It's hard to get a publishing house, even if you have an agent," he says.  "So just don't give up every time you get a rejection letter, just put it on the pile. And every time I got a rejection letter, I'd be like, well, that's one try closer to my book finally getting accepted. So you have to be persistent."

Plus, we're excited to share a story submitted by listener Beth Kelly, "The Box on the Porch." Beth wrote her story in response to Gwenda Bond's prompt in episode 9. more: Prompt to Page With David Dominé

Prompt to Page With Gwenda Bond

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 9

For our ninth episode, we talk to New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond.

Gwenda shares two writing prompts that will spark your imagination no matter what genre you write.

She also explains why writing prompts can help you be more creative. "I have a theory that creativity actually thrives under restriction," she says. "And so I think anytime you can give your brain parameters of any kind, it's more helpful than just starting from nothing."

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Prompt to Page With Tiffany Reisz

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 7

For our seventh episode, we talk to USA Today-bestselling author Tiffany Reisz. Tiffany shares a favorite writing prompt from V.E. Schwab that will help you check in with your characters. Tiffany offers a writing prompt she designed that will help you raise the stakes of your plot and engage your readers.

Tiffany also shares her thoughts on writer's block. "When you're stuck," she says, "that's your brain trying to tell you, we need to go in a different direction. And writing prompts or writing craft books can help you find that direction. The writer's block is always trying to tell you something. It's not a wall; it's a sign, and you need to learn how to read the sign." more: Prompt to Page With Tiffany Reisz