Title: The Writer’s Book of Matches 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction
Authors: The staff of fresh boiled peanuts, a literary journal
Year Published: 2005 (Writer’s Digest Books)
Year Purchased: 2005/2006
Source: Writer’s Digest Book Club
About: It took buying a book of prompts for me to realize that it is not for me. Not just this book, but in general: I’m not a prompts type of person. My mind doesn’t work that way. I don’t spark off of random sentences that are thrust in my face as something that will drive my creativity or discipline. I already have too many ideas, phrases, plots and sentences of my own to get bogged down with these. I also get bored, instantly bored. Not a few exercises in, but pronto. Basically, before I even open the book. I’ve tried several times to learn something from this perfectly sound tool, something useful. Something to propel my fiction forward to the place (or places) I know it can go. I am ready to admit-finally, after six or seven years-that the only lesson I have learned is that I really don’t like this kind of thing. At all. But maybe you do, which is lovely and brilliant and just as it should be for you. This book is portable, comes with 1,001 nicely varied prompts, has nifty photos and illustrations. It’s funny, too. I’m actually ready to part with this one. I think I’m going to give it away in a future post, pass it on to a writer who appreciates the idea. Stay tuned.
Motivation: I had never used a book of prompts before, or any prompts period. Not in school, not on my own. Now I know why.
Times Read: Casually, a sentence here and a sentence there
Random Excerpt/Page 80: ” A young woman must run errands while wearing an embarrassing and inappropriate outfit.” (This sounds like that feature in Glamour magazine. Or is it Cosmo?)
Happiness Scale: 3 (but only because it is not my thing)