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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Review: 1000 Creative Writing Prompts by Bryan Cohen

1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More - Bryan Cohen

I bought the paperback edition of this book in 2011 and have been using it randomly ever since. The prompts contain enough variety of ideas to meet every writer's needs some of the time. For my purposes, I find that certain of the themed prompts work better for me than others - comedy makes me go even more blank; the weird (go figure!) seem stir my imagination vigorously! 

Do not expect a book that tells you how to write - this is more a book that tries to stimulate your imagination enough to get your writing under your own steam. Nor is it a book you can sit & read through at one sitting - it's a book you dip into when you need help for a stale writing brain.

But it is an excellent book to have on hand when you're too tired to think of fresh ideas for yourself but want to keep your writing arm well oiled by doing some writing - any writing! - every day.

An interesting side effect of the prompts is that often I'd start writing on topic and then suddenly the story would veer off into a completely different direction. And there's nothing better than that feeling of the words flowing freely! :)