642 Things To Write

23/04/2016 Reviews, Writing 12

642 Things To WriteLast Friday was my birthday (hooray for being 23!), and my parents got me a book I’ve had my eye on in Waterstones for some time: 642 Things To Write by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

This book is full of fun writing prompts with space underneath to write in, so I thought it would be a useful tool for getting those creative juices flowing when I was feeling a little uninspired. And I was right!

I’ve tried to do at least one exercise a day so far, and it has not only been really fun, but has definitely got me in the mood to write, and in one case even gave me an idea that I’m hoping to develop into a short story. Some of the prompts are really thought-provoking, whilst others are so random and bizarre you would never have thought to write about them, and I really loved this. I feel like over time this book will definitely make me see that I can write about pretty much anything.

Here’s a handful of prompts to give you an idea of the kind of thing you’ll find in this book, but I can not urge you enough to buy it (and it would definitely make a great gift for any of your writerly friends)!

  • A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live.642 Things To Write
  • Tell a story that begins with a ransom note.
  • Write the lyrics of a rap song. They must include a cop, a bad drug bust, and a dog.
  • Only ten people will fit in the life raft. Convince the captain that you should be one of them.
  • Write a love letter to a person you dislike.
  • What a character holding a blue object is thinking right now.

There’s loads more of these types of books available in Waterstones too, from more writing prompts, to drawing prompts, and even photography prompts (I now have my beady little eye set on 104 Things To Photograph!), and there are also little pocket versions for if you want one just for a bit of creative entertainment on the go.

So has anyone else tried 642 Things To Write? If not, would you buy it? How do you feel about writing prompts in general?

12 Responses to “642 Things To Write”

  1. Jackie

    I own this one 😀 I haven’t written in it nearly as much as I’d like, but I enjoyed writing what I have, so far. One of the prompts even gave my an idea for a story that I’ll give life to…er…eventually.

    • Laura

      Hehe, that’s like me. I have a few ideas for different stories (including the one I got from this book!), but it always takes me so long to get to them! 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *flings birthday cake at you* And Ohhhh this is SUCH a cool idea! And I’m kind of coveting the idea of a photography one. ;D I have never done much with writing prompts? But I think it’s an excellent exercise too keep one writing consistently, right?! Plus it just looks nice. THAT’S DEFINITELY IMPORTANT I KNOW. XD

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      It does look nice, and so far it has definitely helped me write more consistently every day.

  3. Silvara

    Happy belated birthday!!!!

    I’ve looked at writing prompt type books before, but never actually bought them. Mostly because very few of the prompts sound like anything I’d want to write about. *laughs* And since my muse is fairly stubborn about what and when I get to write, I tend to spend my money on other things instead. (Though I’m slightly envious of those who CAN use writing prompts!)

    The photography prompts book sounds like it would be fun though! I’ll have to see if I can find any here.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      Writing prompts probably aren’t the kind of thing that would work for everyone (like you, I bet loads of people have no interest at all in writing about totally random things!) but I have always found them quite fun to work with myself. Plus it helps me make sure I write something every day.
      I’m really hoping to get that photography book soon!

  4. Lola

    I remember seeing a similar book on another blog recently, they sound a lot of fun. Those prompts sound like they range from random and bizarre to more serious and thought provoking. And there are so many directions to go from there. I can see how this would be great to get the creative juices flowing. This sounds like a really fun series of books. The things to photograph sounds good too. It’s a shame we don’t have Walmart over here, might haver to see if I can find these online. Great review!

    • Laura

      It’s such a fun book, so I would definitely recommend it! I think you can buy these off Amazon, and I know my parents got mine from Waterstones, but I’m not sure if that’s just a British shop?

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