Writing Prompt: Censorship

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Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: Imagine a very ordinary and mundane piece of writing that is threatened with censorship for political, military, or social reasons.  This exercise treats our own moment of history as if it were historic—as if we were living in 1930s Stalinist Russia or in England during the French Revolution—but you can also try to imagine a historical moment, what it would be like to write a letter to your mother and worry about a unseen Soviet censor reading the words. Show the effects of writing something that could get the writer arrested, jailed, or even killed. Show both the writing itself and the thoughts of the writer. (—From “The 3 A.M. Epiphany” by Brian Kiteley.)

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]

Happy Writing,

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