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When you finally have the opportunity to sit down and write, you want absolutely nothing to get in your way In an ideal world, the ideas would flow from head to pen quickly and easily. You would have thousands of 'ideas at your fingertips. This new idea-generating book makes that dream a reality. With exactly one thousand prompts, 1,000 ...
When you finally have the opportunity to sit down and write, you want absolutely nothing to get in your way In an ideal world, the ideas would flow from head to pen quickly and easily. You would have thousands of 'ideas at your fingertips. This new idea-generating book makes that dream a reality. With exactly one thousand prompts, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More is truly a cure for writers block. These story starters cover a large range of topics, including:
The American Dream
…and over 40 more!
These prompts help you to write from the heart so that you can relate to your audience. They work for blogs, scripts, stories, poems, essays and anything else that requires that you write with no interruptions.
1 Holidays 1
2 Seasons 9
3 Memories 14
4 Life 30
5 Health 47
6 For the Kids 55
7 Literature and Genre 59
8 Art 79
9 Sports 84
10 The Outdoors 89
11 The Modern World 96
12 The Weird 106
13 General 111
About the Author 119
Posted February 13, 2011
Story inspiration can come from many places, but there are days when it's down-right impossible to find one good idea. When it comes to non-fiction writing, such as for my writers' blog, I've been known to hit bedrock at the bottom of the idea well.
That is, until today.
I received a review copy of Bryan Cohen's "1,000 Creative Writing Prompts" a few weeks ago, and I must admit I didn't have very high expectations. Regular readers of my blog know I'm not a big fan of writing prompts. Most of them are isolated exercises that, like free-writing, are designed to "prime the pump." Such exercises feel wasteful of my creative energy. I want to be able to use what I write, and that isn't always possible with the average story prompt.
Cohen's introduction immediately dispelled my doubts. It is well-written and lays the foundation for how to use his story idea questions effectively. (Very practical!) I personally found this instructive, and I've been at this for a lot of years! But I'm getting ahead of myself.
When I set out to review "1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More," instead of reading every word in this 100-page volume, I did what I expect an average reader would do -- devour the introduction and skim through the prompts until a category, sub-category, or individual prompt caught my interest.
My evaluation: Bryan Cohen's prompts are pure genius in their construction.
Please don't misunderstand. I don't mean that I liked ALL the prompts. There were many I didn't care for, but that will be true for anyone. There were subcategories, for example, that rubbed me the wrong way. Such reactions, however, should not rule out using those prompts. On the contrary, writing about a topic you are passionately opposed to could turn out to be some of your best writing, because you're speaking from your heart.
The thing I love most is that his technique for creating these 1,000 prompts is truly inspired. They are written as questions.
What's inspired about that? Our brains, when presented with a question, immediately begin to find an answer. Cohen has organized these question-prompts into 12 categories that should resonate with nearly everyone. From holidays to seasons, from memories to "the weird," there is something for even the pickiest writer.
So you'll have to excuse me now. I'm heading back over to his mystery and fantasy prompts, hoping to find some story inspiration of my own. You could be writing up a storm within a few minutes yourself.
If you're a writer who needs a boost in the creativity department at least occasionally, don't pass up this bargain of a book! It should be on every writer's Nook.
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Posted February 5, 2012
To answer the question brought up in "HELP" about the age appropriateness... eh. Certainly if you read every prompt like I did you will run into some iffy stuff (sprinkled throughout, often in the love and romance sections) but on the whole this collection is fairly interesting. A twelve year old could not complete every prompt as some pertain to college, your job, etc. but there are enough other/relateable prompts to keep a kid occupied.
Not bad. I was looking for more fantasy/fiction prompts than this included, but if you want to write about memories and yourself and your life, (more like a journaling prompt sort of thing for about half the book) then this is great. Certainly could inspire hours of writing.
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If you like writing, at all, whether it's just for you, for practice, or for an audience, you need to take a gander at this. The title is no joke. There really are 1000 writing prompts, and they aren't lame. Bryan did a fan-freaking-tastic job of pulling these together. You don't have to have major publishing goals to benefit from this collection of prompts, you just have to like to write.
The prompts are sorted by category or topic, and there's an index at the front to help you. Be sure to read the intro material, too.
The particularly great thing about these prompts is that they are a mix of fiction and nonfiction ideas. Some ask you to draw on memories. Some ask you to imagine yourself in new situations. Some are kind of out in left field and have nothing to do with you at all, which is useful for any writer who wants to grow.
I'll be honest - I didn't read every single prompt. Is it safe for your 9 year old homeschooling cousin who can't leave his typewriter alone? I don't know, but you could ask Bryan. A lot of the prompts would be good for younger writers, though.
Is this book full of ideas to get you started when your mind is completely blank? Absolutely. Writer's blog will be a thing of the past.
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Posted March 6, 2011
I wanted to see if this book was something that would mesh with my writing style. I downloaded the free sample (yes I know it's only three dollars but still... why spend it until I know it's right for me)
You get 3 pages in the free sample, one of them being the cover. The other two are just the copyright and the first paragraph of the intro.
Don't waste your time! Anyone this stingy with their work doesn't even deserve my fifty cents.
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Posted May 3, 2014
I've heard some writers and bloggers say they've never had writer's block. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those blessed with prolific thoughts and pen. Sometimes I need a subtle push to get creative with my words. Other times I need a good whack on the side of the head to get the words to flow. That was before I received this book. I don't know why, but I have always thought my memories just weren't interesting enough to base a story or blog post on. This is the way I approached this book. Hesitantly. After several pages into it, I was glad to see that when I read something, if it applied to me, my mind would just take over and my imagination started to flow. Not all these will work for me (and probably others) but there was plenty that I could utilize for either a character flaw, a villain, or even a hero in some of my writing.
It definitely helped me and I did find this book set up in an interesting way.
Posted April 7, 2014
Already have a new story in mind, just after glancing through this! Seriously, just at a quick glance, I was inspired with a story that I'm excited to start. I have a feeling I'll be getting way too many story ideas from this book. I'm thinking its a great jumping off place for writers who can't think of anything to write, or just need to get into the habit of writing. Bryan Cohen has a talent to inspire writers, I think.
I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review, lucky for me!
Posted March 19, 2014
1,000 Creative Writing Prompts exceeded my expectations by far. I love how simple the prompts are. Even though the prompts are simple, they gave me a lot of inspiration for my stories. This book is a keeper.
When I originally picked up the book, I expected a few prompts about the weather, a few about people, and most of them to be slightly on the boring side. Instead, I found the prompts to be very exciting, helping me to think about things in a much different light than I had before. If you are stuck with writer's block, something in here is sure to get you writing again.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Posted December 18, 2012
When we think of writing prompts, we usually think a key word, or a setting/situation, or a sentence from which to start off a short story or paragraph. In this book, Cohen offers us some of those ("Write a story using word, word, word, and word", or "Pretend this or that happened and now you have to do that and this"), but he also goes outside the box and provides ideas based on various holidays during the year.
A lot of his prompts get you thinking about aspects of each holidays - how did it start, what's it's history, how is it celebrated elsewhere in the world - which I think is original. I really like how he includes those tidbits of history and of different celebrations in other countries, as well as how he uses questions, to get us thinking about the subject.
I did find a lot of the prompts were geared toward younger students - perhaps tweens to teens - with the usage of "pretend that your parents", "your family", etc, in the prompts. However, those could be easily substitute or altered to an older adult's situation as well, meaning anyone can, in the end, use the book - I know I have some ideas that sparked in my mind as I was going through it.
I think that homeschoolers especially would really love this book, as it is chuck-full of ideas to get students thinking and writing essays about various holidays - not to say that only homeschoolers can use it! Anyone can hone their writing skills, and research skills too, by going through a few prompts per holiday. And the sheer amount of prompts for each holidays means that you will be able to go back to this book for years to come, always writing something different.
Personally, I plan to do just that, and then get my girls on it too (when they, ahem, know how to write) :)
All and all, I think this is a neat compilation of prompts, original in its focus on holidays and in the way the prompts are formulated and presented. It's not just random words or settings or sentences to get you started writing fiction, but rather actual facts and tidbits that will make you think about how and why we celebrate the things that we do.
And, intersperse here and there, are some more traditional, fiction-creating prompts too ;)
Posted April 29, 2012
Good book! It gives a lot of ideas on a variety of topics. it helps me find and reflect on what's interesting to my own life, what is interesting to me, and it would also work as a starting place for fiction. Drawn from the simple experiences and feelings of life, these prompts could produce widely varied kinds of writing.The prompts are flexible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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