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Writing Prompt Madness!

I’m behind things again, so today’s post is still about my prompts, but it;s a little different. For one I’m not writing an actual prompt today. Instead I thought I’d give a shout-out to the amazing book that’s supplying me with all these prompts!


I found 642 Things to Write About on a shelf with gifts for writers in Waterstones, and instantly knew that it was for me. I didn’t think anyone would pick this up for my birthday since it’s not the sort of thing my friends would usually search for, and Christmas was a little too far away for me to wish for it directly (I also wanted it now, not in 11 months), so I treated myself.

And it was so worth it!

When I post my prompts on Mondays, you might have noticed me mentioning the amount of space I had for writing each prompt. I might say ‘I had a little more space this week’ for example. This doesn’t relate to the space in each post of course, since I’m not limited here, but rather it relates to the physical pages in the book.

Let me show you:


On the left you see four prompts with a tiny amount of space (perfect for practising your short story skills!) and on the right you see the whole page dedicated to one prompt. The post I did last week about the cheating husband was one of those. While it gives me more space I also have more time to get into the story I’m weaving, and I usually end up scribbling along the sides to fit everything.

Here are a few more examples:



I’ve done quite a few prompts by now but there are still so many others for me to play with!

If this has gotten you into the mood to write a prompt or two (and because my image quality is rubbish), let me give you ten of the prompts above:

1) Something you never told your mother

2) A missing body part

3) A piece of clothing you keep just for the memory

4) The oldest item in your possession

5) Go outside and notice three distinct sounds. Remove the labels and describe exactly what they sound like. Then write a story incorporating these sounds.

6) Rewrite your college application essay from today’s point of view, answering the last question: “Is there anything else we should know?”

7) Google search your own name. Write about the search result that is the closest to your name but isn’t you.

8) Describe one physical change you would make to yourself if you could and how this would change your life

9) You are a customer lying face down on the floor during a bank robbery. Describe the robbery from the vantage point.

10) What was the most recent incident in your life that made you upset?

You’re just going to have to buy the book if you want more 😉 Here‘s the link again, so you don’t even have to scroll back up and click it there!

Happy writing!



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All writing belongs to the author, Sarina Langer

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  1. This is brilliant – I may have to buy it!

    • It’s such a brilliant little book. The small prompts in particular are great if you don’t have a lot of time but still want to write a bit every day.

  2. I saw this book in Waterstones last year but didn’t buy it, a choice I am now beginning to regret.

    • It’s packed full of inspiration! I’m sure you’d love it if you bought it 🙂

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