Back in November of last year, I stumbled across the perfect journal for anyone hoping to cure writers-block or find inspiration from which to string together a sentence or two. Whether you see yourself as a writer, a diarist, a humorist or maybe even a doodler, you’re bound to find something in this thick volume to whet your creative appetite.
The journal is called 642 Things to Write About, and it’s the brainchild of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Collected from the minds and notebooks of the Grotto’s “inhabitants,” the prompts range from personal confessions to quirky character suggestions, all the way to outrageous list starters and everything in between and beyond. What’s also unique about the book is how the editor managed to compile the final manuscript and send it to the publisher in under a day. After distributing a call-out for writing prompts, enthusiastic members of the Grotto filled his inbox within hours, and soon enough…well…the Grotto had 642 suggestions to draw from.
Filling out an entry in 642 Things to Write About is part of my morning routine before coming to the WordFest office. The challenge of drumming up a response to a daily writing prompt is a nice way to kick off the day, much like those stretching exercises some of us like to do. Below is a sample of some of my entries. It’s clear I don’t always take the process too seriously, which makes filling out the book all the more fun!