Freewriting, also known as “automatic writing,” is a technique that can help get a lot of material out of your head and onto the page—quickly. To freewrite, choose a period of time—between five and fifteen minutes if you’re just getting started with freewriting—and set a timer. Then choose a writing prompt—a sentence with a word… Read more

First drafts

“We have to approach the first draft of a short story entirely differently from how we work on any of the subsequent drafts. This is the draft in which we do no assessing and no organizing because we are inventing. We are still generating, not judging. In the first draft, we get to be like… Read more


“Every form is difficult, no one is easier than another. They all kick your ass.” – James Baldwin