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Book Review: 642 Things to Write About by The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto

Book Review: 642 Things to Write About by The San Francisco Writers' Grotto

“All manner of creative writers will find inspiration in this collection of intriguing and inspirational writing prompts. With unique prompts (from ‘fix the plot of the worst movie you’ve ever seen’ to ‘write a love letter to a person you dislike’) and plenty of space to write, this journal is sure to get the creative juices flowing.”

Book Review: 642 Things to Write About by The San Francisco Writers' Grotto

What I thought:

I’ve got something different for you today! As you’ve possibly guessed by my recent lack of reviews, I haven’t had much time to read lately. I spotted 642 Things to Write About on my desk along with my other writing guides and plotting devices. Many of you are writers, so I thought why not? Book reviews don’t always have to be novels! *laughs nervously*

So, this is one for my fellow writers.

Do you ever want to start writing but don’t know how to start? Or do you need to write because of deadlines, but you’re stuck in a writing slump?

642 Things to Write About is the answer to your problems*.

An unexpected gift.

(With this prompt, you get a small quarter-of-a-page box of space.)

642 Things to Write About was an impulse buy. I love a writing prompt, and at the time I thought it’d be brilliant for filling my Monday slots. Can’t remember if I ever used it for that or not… *ahem*

What I love about it is that you can apply most prompts to any genre, and it dictates how much space you have which forces you to approach each prompt a little differently.

Some give you more chance to elaborate, others ask you to get to the point fast.

You wake up by the side of the road lying next to a bicycle, with no memory and no wallet. What happens in the next hour?

(This prompt gives you a whole page.)

It’s the perfect thing to shake up your routine or end your writing slump!

Also, the prompts are diverse. Some are long and give you a little detail, others are short and vague. It has everything you need to get in the mood****.

I tried to give you an idea of just how diverse these prompts are here, but there’s so much more inside!

Only ten people will fit in the life raft. Convince the captain that you should be one of them.

(This one gives you half a page.)

Some prompts play on each other, but most are unrelated. Others even ask you to get up and do something, like setting an alarm for 3am and writing down the first thing you think of, or approaching a stranger and asking them to tell you something they never told anyone else.

It’s very easy to open the book at random and do the first prompt you see. Some of the prompts I’ve done have grown into larger ideas.

With that many prompts to choose from, 642 Things to Write About will last you a while! If the limited space puts you off, you can always do what I do and keep writing on a separate sheet of paper when an idea grips you. It’s easy enough to paperclip onto the page when you’re done, and you don’t have to stop 😉

Buy it on Amazon

*Writing problems, that is. It can’t help you with anything more severe. OR CAN IT**
**No, probably not. Although, writing is therapeutic***
*** *dies laughing*
**** to WRITE, you filthy people!

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One Comment

  1. I always see these books in B&N and I want to pick them up, but I know I’ll never get to fill out all the prompts. I like the page restrictions though because it makes you get to the point of your writing quickly. Maybe I can convince my fiance to get it for me! 🙂

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