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Each week, we issue a writing prompt to our own staff, guest contributors, and readers like you. We welcome guest submissions, so if you’re interested in being featured or regularly contributing to the site, email your responses to kelaine.conochan [at]

Back in high school, they called it an “expository” writing assignment. Your teacher asked you to draft up an essay where you explained, in excruciating detail, the way to complete some task. You meticulously documented every step, careful not to force the reader to make inferences. To be honest, it was a total bore.

But here in the real world, where creative dipshits reign supreme, we like to keep it more fun. So, we’re going back to a less restrictive model. We want you to write us a HOW TO piece about anything, however you want. Welcome to freedom.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: HOW TO

If you’ve got some inspired ideas about this week’s prompt, send us your submission of 400-700 words. Write us anything that comes to mind when you think of HOW TO. It can be a personal essay, a poem, short story, script, or anything else original and fresh. Just make it worth our while and we’ll publish it, include it in our newsletter, and give you the chance to join the creative, talented staff writers here at The Prompt.

Email your responses to by Sunday, August 18th at midnight EST.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

The Prompt Staff

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