Five Books of Great Writing Prompts

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By now you probably know that I’m a big fan of writing prompts. Considering I have a post each month of writing prompts, and I include them in my weekly newsletters, you could say I have a bit of an obsession with them.

Because let’s be real…when I’m avoiding my main WIP, nothing gets me writing like procrastinating with a writing prompt. I still write something, and I stretch my creativity. It’s a win-win…AmIright??

So maybe sometimes writing prompts can prove to be more a procrastination technique but regardless of your motive for finding and responding to one, you’ll still be stretching your creativity and your thought muscles.

That’s definitely a win-win.

So today I figured I would really enable all you writer-procrastinators like me and share my five favorite books of writing prompts.

Because sometimes we need someone to get us motivated and other times we need someone to enable us to ignore our WIP for just one more day.

  1. 642 Things to Write About – Fiction, nonfiction, personal reflection, lists, this book has everything. You’ll never be at a loss as to what to write and you’ll never run out of ideas. I like to pull this one out both to write and to also give me inspiration for when I need help writing a scene or a blog post.
  2. 712 More Things to Write About – Essentially the sequel to book #1, there’s even more prompts to write about in every genre and category. Armed with books 1 and 2 in this list, you’ll never run out of things to write.
  3. A Year of Creative Writing Prompts – Three prompts a day for a whole year…yep…over 900 writing prompts. Divided by genre, and type (do you want to go off one word, a sentence, or a mini story?), you’ll never be bored and you’re writing and creativity will flourish.
  4. A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement – another based on a year’s worth of motivation and inspiration for writers.
  5. 642 Stories to Write – In the same vein as books #1 and #2, this provides slightly longer prompts to get your writing slightly longer stories. Rather than little vignettes, you’re inspired to write full-on short stories. Which is always a good thing for your writing.
  6. Bonus!! Story Dice – Who knew these were even a thing??? They make my writer heart and my game-lover heart so happy that I just had to share. You’ll get a little interactive with your writing prompts by rolling a few die, then letting yourself be inspired by the images. Games and writing?? I’m sold!

What are your favorite places to find writing prompts? What books do you love that aren’t on my list? I’d love to know in the comments!


Alexis Truitt

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