Need Help Writing?

Helpful Hints for Writing a Bare Submission

PROMPTS – (these are not by any means guidelines, just ideas if you need some inspiration or are feeling stuck, if they lead to something drastically different, submit that too!)

  • Write about any sexual feeling you have had – lust, desire, etc… and where in your body you feel like it stems from – avoid clichés – when you feel pleasure of course it radiates from your pelvis, but do you feel an uplifting in your sternum? Does the top of your head tingle?
  • Write specifically about the sexual environment of Skidmore? What is it like to be of a “divergent” sexuality? to feel as though you do not fit within the institution’s sexual guidelines? Write editorially, satirically, confessionally, personally, comically.
  • Your gender stories: Tell us how you identify and what gender means to you through art, photos, essays, etc.
  • Tell us a story about body image/ self-esteem/ self-love.
  • What is something you have felt ashamed of? Why do you think you felt that shame? Recall and write down the first time you felt it, try and trace down its origins in writing – what made you feel like you were doing something wrong or something that had to be kept secret? If you maintain this shame write how it effects your life now, and if not write about the moment you overcame it and the realization. Be reflective! This can be therapeutic! This is a chance to make other people feel more comfortable in their own skins, and to make other’s realize they are not alone!
  • Are you angry about something? Do you want the world to know about a political topic/campaign/policy? Write it down and tell us about it!Write about a fantasy versus your reality
  • Have you ever felt angered by someone’s reaction to your sexuality? VENT! Write down your reasoning! This is your chance to make them aware, and help them understand!
  • Have you ever felt confined by your sexuality? Why? How? Imagine the moment that you break free and what it would be like?
  • What’s the best sexual experience you ever had? What’s the worst? Develop the context of the situation – characters, emotional background, setting – draw people into the story

HOW TO WRITE (once again, just suggestions)

  • Get graphic, if you want, or don’t – be subtle – both can be interesting, just go for it.
  • Make lists
  • Write short sentences or very long, allow your sentences to communicate how you’re feeling in the moment you’re writing about.
  • Write in diary entries
  • Write a letter to someone else
  • Make metaphors – writing about sex or sexuality does not have to be described in literal sexual terms – does sex make you think of something else? Use that action or moment to describe sex or your sexuality Ex: a tennis match, a flower blooming (very cliché example)
  • Write instructions for someone else on how to do something sexual, or how live a certain lifestyle that you have experience with – Ex: ‘How to be a Lesbian at Skidmore, How to have a threesome with your two best friends’
  • Write “a day in the life of” Ex: “A Day In the Life of a Trans Man
  • Write a conversation – via text, email, AIM or real dialogue that conveys something important – let the words speak for themselves
  • Don’t be afraid to be funny, sex is funny, people respond well to funny
  • Don’t be afraid of poetry – it doesn’t have to rhyme or be cliché – play with word choice, punctuation, alignment, and spacing. Make sure the words you use count because you will use less of them than you do in prose.
  • BE HONEST, especially if you’re submitting anonymously – what do you have to lose?


We want your paintings, sculptures (we can photograph), photographs, collages, contemporary pieces, comic strips, etc etc etc.

Check out our blog posts for some ideas!



2 thoughts on “Need Help Writing?

  1. Pingback: BARE: Spring Edition | bare.

  2. First off I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior
    to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Many thanks!

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