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.
- 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?