The Write Time: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Daily Writing Life

Second Edition

Robert Yehling
Compiled by Melissa Jenkins

Take the year-long journey plotted in these pages, give yourself over to its process, and behold the inevitable transformation.

Robert Yehling's collection of 366 writing exercises for people of all ages and skill levels guides you to explore aspects of yourself through daily experiences,nature, your personality, your character, and your soul. Each time you sit down to write you will be encouraged to expand your awareness of your environment and your place in it.

Praise for The Write Time

"Whether you are a professional writer, a student, or simply love to journal, you must read and utilize this work of art in your daily contemplations."

Cleveland Book Review

"The knowledge gleaned from a prolific writing and teaching career has been expertly translated into this entertaining, informative and practical tool."

—Lynne Martin, author, Home Sweet Anywhere, 2014 New York Times bestseller

"An invocation to sit at the shore of new creativity, take up your ink-cup, drink plentifully, and be refreshed by the waters of a new day, all intentionally assembled by a fellow writer, reader and lover of literature."

—Andres Torres, AP English director, Minooka (IL) Community High School

"Robert Yehling has created a book in which he imparts a year’s worth of writing exercises that will inspire writers of all stripes to discover their own ideas and truths. He opens the door to new, sometimes challenging work, and invites you to step through."

—Barbara Stahura, author, What I Thought I Knew

About the Author

Robert Yehling is the author and/or co-author of 17 books, including Just Add Water, the biography of autistic surfing great Clay Marzo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); and When We Were the Boys, with former Smithsonian Institution music advisor Stevie Salas (Taylor Trade). The companion to The Write Time, Writes of Life (Open Books Press 2015, second edition) won the 2007 Independent Publishers Book Award. A former college writing professor, Yehling teaches at workshops, classrooms, retreats, conferences and writing centers throughout the U.S.

About the Compiler

Melissa Jenkins was born in Oceanside, California. She moved to Kentucky at a young age, becoming enthralled with reading and writing as a student. After editing and writing for the Crittenden County (KY) High School newspaper, she began her professional career at Faircount International, working on magazines for the British Film Institute, Rolls-Royce, and late golf champion Payne Stewart. She has also been a contributor and assistant editor to the Freedom of Vision and The Hummingbird Review anthologies.

Melissa assembled and ordered all of the materials in The Write Time, often writing out the exercises to better determine location. The mother of three, she now works, writes, and lives in Portland, Oregon.