I usually review books on my book blog, however, putting this up here since this is where I write about writing! And since I’m discussing this book here, am sure you’ve understood I have loved the book. Before I talk about it in detail, let me show what the book’s blurb says.
On the cover
If you’re new to writing prompts, indulge in all the different ways you can kick-start the creator inside of you. If you’re a veteran of writing prompts from the Internet or newspapers, you will find comfort in familiar formats, but also challenge yourself with ones you’ve never seen before and discover interests and abilities that you didn’t even know you had. From casual flash fiction authors and scriptwriters to non-fictioneers and branding executives, this book will set your creativity on fire. Be a story alchemist. Transform your writing. And above all else, have fun doing it!
The author had come up with the idea of this book upon observing how most writing prompts don’t really help. And I agree wholeheartedly with him. I for one, keep looking for prompts and have even asked people for some, but usually always what is thrown are one of two word prompts.
Mistrust, and such.
But honestly, can you really write on such vague prompts? And if you can, how much justice can you do to it? If you are practicing through prompts, would writing to such prompts help you when you write your manuscript?
Honestly, it won’t.
Burns has divided the book into eight chapters. The chapters are basically eight situations you as an Indian author might or most definitely, would include in your own manuscript. And each chapter has multiple exercises which I will talk about, soon.
In the introduction of the book, Burns very interestingly tells the story of how and where the seed of the idea for this book was sown. He also puts it out in clear words what the book will have and how will it help the reader.
The prompts are chapter oriented and really helpful. For instance, chapter 1 helps us write on what happens next and the prompts are of similar nature. Here are a couple for example –
A man hands you his business card and it appears to be totally blank. He looked at you knowingly and deliberately and handed you the card slowly and carefully.
What happens next?
Burns has included situations from different genres and likely story plots. I felt almost all scenarios have been exhausted and whatever remains, if one has practised writing on these prompts, one would know how to use the knowledge gained in the situation at hand.
Not just scenarios described in words, the book also gives you images to see and interpret in your own manner, and write a scene or story on them.
As a writer and an aspiring author, I found the book extremely useful and practical.
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