Need A Writing Prompt? Here’s 642 Of Them
A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live.
That writing prompt alone should be enough to convince you of why the 642 Things to Write About Journal isn’t your average list of writing prompts, but if not, I’ll help:
I was lucky enough to have this bought for me as a present and have enjoyed it more than any other collection of writing prompts I’ve encountered. All too often prompts are repetitive, boring and not inspiring enough to get me out of my writer’s block funk, which is why I’ve got so much fun out of this.
There’s prompts that help you explore a new story or genre you’d never try (‘Write a life as a series of postcards’, ‘Your face is on the evening news. Explain why’), ones that make you really think about your own life (‘The moment you knew you were no longer a child’, ‘Something you’ve never told your mother’) and some that are just brilliantly bizarre (‘Pen an ode to an onion’, ‘What does writer’s block feel like?’).
Some have specific instructions, others give you a single word to build a story on, but all give you permission to get creative and try something different.
My only problem? The book is too pretty to actually write in – especially first time. I know that defeats the whole point of the thing, but the thought of writing in the book and scribbling things out fills me with dread. It’s like when you wrote on the first page of your school textbook and did your best joined-up handwriting especially.
So to give me absolutely no excuse not to use the prompts, I’m going to post some on here. As in I’ve chosen one (being indecisive is also another issue) and I have already started it so there’s no excuse!
Let me know your favourite prompts and if you’ve found any other good writing prompt books/sites out there to share.