“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”― Jodi Picoult

As many of us stay home doing our part to flatten the curve, consider using this extra time to start or work on a writing project. Here are some ways you can get started. 


Writing a journal can have therapeutic benefits, according to PositivePsychology.com. They promote a form of “writing therapy” you can read about here.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank

Morning Pages

Author Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way, promotes a daily practice she calls morning pages. Watch her short video explaining the beneficial concept.

Camp NaNoWriMo

The same folks who bring you National Novel Writing Month every November are back with a “lighter” spin on their annual event. April launches the popular Camp NaNoWriMo where you use the month to work on any writing project (not just novels). Best of all, your project can be in any stage—drafting, editing, finishing—and you set the goal you wish to achieve. Sign up for free now.

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ― Terry Pratchett

Young Writers Program

Not to be left out, the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program also supports the April Camp. There are three versions (by grade level) of the Novelist Workbooks available as free PDFs. Not only are these ideal for young aspiring writers, adults will find the high school version quite valuable!

Take a Gale Course

These eight-week, online courses can provide a foundation to your writing no matter what you wish to write. Classes include Writing for Children, Writing the Fantasy Novel, Write Your Life Story and so many more. A fresh round started March 18 (if you don’t mind catching up), otherwise the next class block opens April 15. All you need is your library card to get started.

PressBooks Public

Are you ready to turn your completed manuscript into an ebook and print-ready PDF? Use the free PressBooks software available via our partnership with Inkie.org.

Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project

If you already are (or planning to be) a self- and indie-published author, submit your work of adult or young adult fiction to the annual contest between April 1 and June 1.

Blogs about Writing

Here are a few favorites to support your writing now and in the future.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath

Now write!