Writer’s Toolbox

Author Q&A

Here we present our exclusive collection of Q&As with a long list of illustrious authors.

Jaed Coffin

Jaed CoffinJaed Coffin is the author of memoirs such as A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants and Roughhouse Friday.

What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?

Taking a day off from writing, doing something with my hands: making something, building something, drawing, using the non-verbal part of my brain.

What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?

Using the Seven Deadly Sins as a starting point for structuring a personal essay.

What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?

It's your job. Treat it that way. From my mother.