An epigraph is a tool that every writer can use when the creative muse refuses to appear. It’s one of those things that can help us ward off the infamous writer’s block. What is an epigraph? It has nothing to do with words you see on a gravestone — that’s an epitaph. An epigraph is a short quotation that is placed at the beginning of an article, a journal entry, or any writing piece. Why are they such great writing tools? An epigraph can get the writer to start thinking – akin to a writing prompt. The difference is that the epigraph not only stimulates the writer to write, it also provides direction and insight: It is, after all, the wise saying of another person.