Why Give Away Your Work for Free? — Writing Prompts — Medium

Why give away your work for free?

What do acclaimed authors Cory Doctorow, Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss and Hugh Howey all have in common?

They give away their best work — for free.


Last call! Writing 201: Poetry

Join me on the dark side: we’ll have poems!

The Daily Post

Perhaps you already love writing poetry; perhaps you’re a poet and don’t even know it. Either way, Writing 201: Poetry begins on Monday, February 16, and we’d love to see you there!

Tell me more about this poetry thing…

Even though haiku
are all some of us can write*,
poems touch us all.

Writing 201: Poetry is a two week-course. Each weekday, you’ll receive an assignment with three parts: a prompt, a poetic form, and a poetic device. You choose which you want to explore (if any). An assignment might invite you to write a poem inspired by “forgiveness.” Then, you’ll have the option to write using a particular form that we’ll introduce and explain (say, couplets). Finally, we’ll throw in an optional poetic device for you to use (for example, a synecdoche). Try all three, or any combination of them.

For a fuller description of the course, head to Ben’s original…

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Mr’s, Misses, Ma’ams, Miracles

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Teacher’s Pet.”Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

As a sat to write this piece I was brought to remember the faces of more than a dozen adults who taught a little boy in what was a better, simpler time. I think that’s a cliche, but I think it’s still true.

I was bought up by mum first in one suburb then another. First Leyton, then Leytonstone then Woodford Green, then another part of Woodford Green. Each time trading up to a larger place in a better situation. My mum could teach Estate Agents and location scouts a thing or too. She never moved into a home which wasn’t better than the last and didn’t leave a place before she was ready to leave

She was focussed entirely on moving to get me into better schools in the days before the school catchment areas determined house prices in London to the extent they do now.

The school which determined HOW I am more than any was Woodbridge Secondary in Woodford Green. I hated it. The teacher who determined WHO I am, was my year tutor Mrs Tomlinson and I loved her as a second mother.


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