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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.

“It can be pretty scary to have a blank page in front of you and hope to see a novel draft by the end,” she says. “So maybe it makes things easier if you think of scenes as the building blocks of a novel. And if you create a scene one by one, then eventually you might have a novel.”

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About Sarah Combs

Author Sarah Combs

Sarah Combs is the author of the young adult novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic, both from Candlewick Press. She lives with her family in Lexington, where she leads writing workshops at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Join the Prompt to Page Writing Group

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:00 p.m.

Spend time working on a cross-genre writing prompt, get feedback, and share writing and publishing tips with a supportive community of other writers. Open to all writing levels and genres (fiction, poetry, memoir, family stories, etc.).

Registration is required.


We’d love to see what you’re writing! Submit a response to Sarah’s prompt for a chance to have it read on a future episode of the podcast.