It’s been a little while, but I thought now was as good a time as any to dig in and post something to my writing blog about, yes, writing — but also about feeling inspired or creative, imagining, and learning during COVID-19 and this time of social distancing, staying home, and making time for things we enjoy and wish to pursue.
Since I’m a graduate student pursing my masters in Library and Information Science, I wanted to share this Wakelet I recently created for a literacy course. It features creative writing resources for educators, librarians, and middle grade and high school students. But this Wakelet can really be for anyone who finds this bunch of curated resources interesting or useful.
Below I listed additional resources (some of these are in the Wakelet!) that have inspired and interested me lately, since I haven’t been really able to focus on my fiction writing and personal reading in some time, and I’m somehow sure I’m not the only one in a creative slump.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started #StayHomeWriMo, which you can also follow along with on Twitter. Also, make sure to check out the virtual write-ins they are hosting on YouTube through April.
Some of these are hosted by well known writers and authors, and can be found on Twitter and other social media. Libraries, schools and writers host workshops, activities and panels year-round, which are free and noteworthy while writers and learners are seeking to keep busy and motivated. Many of these were found via Twitter, doing a search for “writing workshops.”
Building (or Rebuilding) Your Writing Practice is a “free, seven day, on-your-own-schedule course,” by Nebula-nominated author Kate Heartfield.
Tips for Beginners archive of articles on worldbuilding, writers’ block, and even grant applications from the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America).
Other resources and inspo
- Creative Writing Prompts from Writers Digest is a source for hundreds of writing prompts, or you can even download their free writing prompt boot camp for more structured writing and ideas.
- The Time is Now from Poets & Writers offers a weekly writing prompt, different genres on different days of the week, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
- Plot Generator can help you get inspired to write a story re: plot, characters, settings, and so much more. It can be a fill-in-the-blank resource for anything from a poem or story to move scripts and blurbs for all different genres.
- Flash Fiction Resources as part of the Flash Fiction Resource Center includes articles, tips and prompts for writing flash fiction, defined as “a style of literature providing a complete story within 500-1,000 words,” with variations like microfiction, nanofiction and Twitfic (Flash Fiction Online).
As always, thanks for reading! May your writing endeavors be fruitful and rewarding, and may you feel inspired to sit with your writing, think, or maybe find new ways to approach your work.
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