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Jolie A. Doggett
Senior Platform Editor @ZORAmag | book lover | fangirl | Black woman | Terp

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Every Wednesday, editors pick the most impactful Write Here responses

Hey writers! Jolie A. Doggett here. Each week, I’ve asked you all to get introspective, to use writing to think deeply about life and about yourselves. And each week, I’m more and more impressed by how you all interpret the Write Here prompts and free yourselves through your self-expression (and I imagine your words free your readers as well).

We picked 10 vulnerable, humorous, and relatable pieces to share. Give them a read, a highlight, a clap, and a response. Happy Write Here Wednesday!

I Need to Stop Blaming Myself for My Mother’s Death

I miss my mother. But time does heal as they say. The pain of loss is…


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Creative writing prompts to help your words flow ✍🏽

Hey there, writers!

It’s been such a joy reading your creative (and often relatable) interpretations of the Write Here prompts week to week. I recently picked out some of my favorites, but it would be even better if you all showed each other some love!

After you’ve written your own awesome Write Here piece, take a look at the “Writehere” tag and read some of the amazing stories others have come up with. Follow each other, clap, and post responses! Not only will this help with the engagement on your articles, but it’ll be really encouraging to your fellow writers.


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Editors picked the most unique, inspiring, and unexpected Write Here prompt responses ✍🏽

Hi there, writers! Jolie here, senior editor at Medium and editor of Write Here. I’m so happy you all have been able to find creative inspiration and community every week with the writing prompts. Fun fact: I read every article you all tag “WriteHere” (or at minimum, I skim them!) and I’m so impressed by your interpretations of the prompts. From detailed recounts of dreams to poetic advice and life lessons, y’all have really taken some of these thought starters to places I would never would have imagined!

The Write Here team and I wanted to shout-out some of our…


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Creative prompts plus some tips for successfully writing on Medium

Hi writers! I’m so happy to see all of the responses to the Write Here prompts but I want to make sure you’re getting more than just creative ideas. I’ve got some tips for you all to incorporate into your stories this week that will hopefully help your writing leap off the page (or screen) and into a reader’s memory.

There are three tools for success when writing on Medium: tags, pictures, and headlines. Here are some best practices that I suggest:

Tags

Again, so happy to see so many of you using the “Writehere” tag on your responses. But it’s…


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Weekly writing prompts to help spark your creativity ✨

New to Medium and don’t know what to write about? Struggling with writer’s block and trying to get unstuck? Need some help getting your awesome essays in front of the right audience?

Start Write Here, Medium’s new space for ideas, tips and topics to help you get started writing on Medium.

HOW IT WORKS:

Every Monday, we’ll post three new writing prompts to help you get your creative juices flowing. Each prompt is just a starting point — feel free to take it wherever you’d like (Does a prompt inspire a poem? A fictional story? A single sentence? A whole essay? All great!)…


Zola’s viral Twitter story is finally getting the respect and recognition it deserves on screen

In the fall of 2015, A’Ziah King (known online as “Zola”) posted pictures on Twitter of herself and a White girl and asked her followers if they wanted to hear the story why she “and this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but it’s full of suspense.”

She wasn’t lying.

In a thread over 140 tweets (before Twitter threads were even a thing), Zola detailed the story of how, at 19 years old, she’d met a woman named Jessica who invited her on a cross-country road trip to dance at a club in Florida. …


We want to hear from you! Publish a story on freedom for a chance to be featured in ZORA!

Hey ZORA Fam. Independence Day is right around the corner and we want to know: What does “freedom” mean to you?

What does it mean to be truly free in America? Are all of us free when so many of us are still fighting our rights and for equality? How has your definition of freedom changed since the pandemic? Have you ever felt you were in a situation where you couldn’t get free? When in your life do you feel the most free?

We want to hear from you! Pen a poem, write a few sentences, get personal or funny…


A new space on Medium for writers looking for a creative spark ✨

New to Medium and don’t know what to write about? Struggling with writer’s block and trying to get unstuck? Need some help getting your awesome essays in front of the right audience?

Start Write Here, Medium’s new space for ideas, tips and topics to help you get started writing on Medium.

HOW IT WORKS:

Every Monday, we’ll post three new writing prompts to help you get your creative juices flowing. Each prompt is just a starting point — feel free to take it wherever you’d like (Does a prompt inspire a poem? A fictional story? A single sentence? A whole essay? All great!)…


Six Black authors join forces to tell stories of Black love, not pain

Six bestselling Black women authors have joined forces to co-author a new love story that’s sure to have us feelin’ the heat this summer.

Bestselling authors Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk, and Tiffany D. Jackson came together to write Blackout, a new young adult novel about a fictional blackout that plunges New York City into darkness. But sparks still manage to fly between several young Black characters trying to navigate the city and their own love lives through the dark.

What makes Blackout truly unique isn’t just the collaboration between some of the biggest names…


Happy Friday ZORA fam,

Let’s get right into it. Juneteenth is officially a federal holiday but… is that a good thing? It’s a nice gesture to have national recognition for a day with incredible significance to Black folks but is that all this is, a gesture?

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Will the meaning of the Juneteenth be lost now that all of America observes it? Right now, it’s a special day to celebrate Blackness and freedom and push for equality. …

Jolie A. Doggett

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