What can happen in a second

Just a quick review on a creative book that I found with a really unique take on writing.

I absolutely love to write, but often I don’t because I remember that every time I sit down to write I am met with, what is essentially, ‘writers block’. This leads me to think that I am just not a good writer, whereas I have recently come to realise that this occurs simply because my mind is just distracted by the stresses of everyday life as a twenty-something year old.

But my view changed, and continues to change, since I discovered this book. 

The book is titled ‘642 things to write about’ and contains just that. 642 original subjects and scenarios to infuse your mind with imagination and ideas. Some of these starters contain just a few lines to fill your literary ideas with, whilst others offer an entire page.

These ideas range from a mere solitary word, such as “comfort” or “honesty” whereas others try to kickstart a real story, for example, “you have a dream that you’ve murdered someone. Who is it, how and why did the murder happen, and what happens afterward?” 

The book also contains some philosophical-thinking-style subjects too, such as “who people think you are, compared to who you know you are” as well as “write an anonymous letter to a stranger detailing the things you’ve learned about life”

The book was written by 35 different writers coming up with the ideas for writing subjects within just 24-hours.

For me, the book has worked incredibly well. It’s one of those things where it’s best not to think about it too much, and just allow your hand to write, and I’m actually pretty impressed with some of the things that I have written after I look back at my mini stories next time I pick up my book.

Strangely (or perhaps completely expectedly) every single one of the writing prompts enticed my creativity, and before I knew it I had filled the entire page with views and ideas that I never thought I could even imagine!

Whether it was good or not is pretty irrelevant, as it really helps to get the wordsmith in me flowing, and that’s great! The idea for me is that once I get used to writing like, this about the most random of subjects, soon I’ll be able to write well about just about anything without these clever prompts.


The book is by The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and I purchased mine from Urban Outfitters.

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