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For many people, creative writing sounds fun but intimidating. "I'm not good at that," they think, without even knowing where they’d start. Experienced writers, on the other hand, may know exactly where to start, but have plenty of other excuses for not putting pen to paper: too busy, too tired, or the dreaded "writer's block."

The solution for both is the same: just start writing. This handy workbook will give you plenty of fun, low-pressure opportunities for you to get your imagination flowing. Collected from the minds and notebooks of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, the book's prompts range from personal reflection, to silly lyric writing, to character development, and everything in between and beyond. Take them seriously or just have fun. Grab a pen, open this book to any page, and find the writer inside you. Printed in China.

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21324
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100% recycled paper label stock
Measurements
9" H x 7.5" W; 304 pages.

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642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Inspirational (7)
  • Easy to understand (6)
  • Well written (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (7)
  • Younger readers (4)
  • Older readers (3)
  • Travel reading (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (5), Everyday reader (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (10)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child (6), Other (4), Self (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (9), Other (3)

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4.0

Just as expected

By 

from Boston, MA

About Me Rarely Read

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Understand

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Creative writing
    • Gift

    Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

    I bought this as a stocking gift for my 15 year old daughter who loves to write. She has enjoyed going through it and has already picked out some ides from the book that she is going to use to write a creative story. Also it was well made, sturdy and came wrapped in plastic covering so nothing was bent.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great present for writers

    By 

    from Florida

    About Me Bookworm

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun Ideas Great Layout

    Cons

    • Space To Write Is Limited

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Travel Reading
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

    It's a unique gift.
    You can write into the book,but sometimes you need more space so an xtra notebook is necessary if you want to go full out with your writing. The writing ideas are fun,easy and also challenging. Perfect for ppl who love to write

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Very Cool Concept

    By 

    from Maryland

    About Me Bookworm

    Pros

    • Creative
    • Great gift

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift

      Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

      This product is a gift so I haven't seen beyond the sample provided online but the questions I have seen are really thought provoking and neat. I am excited to present this gift to a friend who has embarked on the arduous journey of becoming a writer and hope it is inspirational to him in challenging times. Sometimes you just need to get the juices flowing!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I took a second look and liked it!

      By 

      from Virginia

      About Me Everyday Reader

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Exciting
      • HELPFUL
      • Inspirational

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Reluctant Writers
        • Wannabe Writers
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

        I bought this as a gift for my 14-year-old grandson, figuring that a shy kid who doesn't talk about "feelings" much might have trouble coming up with ideas for school writing assignments. The book does what the title suggests: gives 642 topics that people can write about. Examples: "On becoming a tycoon," "You bring someone back from the dead. Who is it?" "Put your iPod on random shuffle, write down the lyric of the first song that comes on, and use it as an opening line," "Write wedding vows. The bride is 35 years old; it's her first marriage. The groom is 48, and it's his third go-round at the altar."
        When I first opened it, I came across a topic that was a bit on the mature side, and figured this wouldn't work for my grandson. But looking at it again, I realized that mature subjects are the rare exception, not the rule. So it WILL go to my grandson. I hope that the tips in the book will serve as an impetus to get him writing! You don't even need paper. The book leaves anywhere from a quarter page to a full page (lined) to explore the subject. Now I am tempted to get another copy for myself. As a member of a memoir-writing group, I could use these prompts from time to time, and I find the suggestions very motivating.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a wonderful idea!

        By 

        from US

        About Me Bookworm

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Creative
        • Useful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

            This book is such a terrific gift idea for any one who wants to write more but is unsure where to begin. Bought this as a gift and think the recipient will enjoy it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Child
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            inappropriate

            By 

            from ashburn va

            About Me Everyday Reader

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Disappointing
              • Inappropriate For Teens
              • Not What I Expected

              Best Uses

                Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

                totally inappropriate for teens!!! i bought 2 and will be returning both. very disappointing.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Get Writing

                By 

                from Foster City, CA

                About Me Casual Reader

                Pros

                • Can Be Serious
                • Encourages Thought
                • Inspirational
                • Jogs Your Brain
                • Makes you think
                • Sometimes Funny

                Cons

                • Needs Topic Index

                Best Uses

                • Dispels Boredom
                • For Quiet Times

                Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

                Bought it for a young poet, hoping he mightlike writing about things he had not considered before.

                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not what I expected but interesting

                By 

                from Napa,CA

                About Me Everyday Reader

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Understand
                • Good Suggestions
                • Informative
                • Well Written

                Cons

                • Needs "happy" Subjects
                • Not What I Expected

                Best Uses

                • Reference
                • Travel Reading
                • Writing Class Reference
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

                Planned to use for ideas to write frequent letters to long time friend(50 yrs.)
                Lots of thought provoking subjects but some were depressing TO ME...This of course was not the goal of writers..My friend and I are both retired nurses, have seen a lot of suffering AND have lost loved ones and friends. I was looking for little humor, "uplifting"..maybe "off the wall" stuff.
                As I age, now 80, some subjects seemed mundane...ONLY because my perspective has changed..
                This product would be great for a English class. I feel younger people would look at subjects from a much different perspective.
                The title intrigued me and I am glad I purchased product.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Self
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                creative thinking!!!

                By 

                from minneapolis, mn

                About Me Rarely Read

                Pros

                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
                • Inspirational
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Inspirational
                  • Self

                  Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

                  I originally wanted to purchase this book for myself because I was starting to feel like I was losing whatever creativity I had in me to life's stress and chaos. Then things started to get really chaotic with my teenage daughter, and I thought it would be a really neat thing for her to at least take a look at to possibly spark interest in other things for her and hopefully help her deter herself from some of the peer pressure and bullying that goes on in our kids' lives.

                  Both of us love the book! Some of the ideas made me laugh, some made me want to cry, some didn't make sense the first time I read it or would be more relevant when I'm going through a different situation at the time I'm wanting to write in it.

                  I can tell with her when she's writing in it and when she's not. It definitely brightens her mood and gets her thinking!

                  The book was sold out when I went to purchase it the first time, but let me tell you, it's definitely worth the wait!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Child
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love It!!!

                  By 

                  from Wall, NJ

                  About Me Everyday Reader

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Inspirational
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT:

                      This book is so much fun - I love to write and journal and I was inspired like I as when I was in college - It's very cool!!!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Self
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                      411votes, 46 comments

                      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                      We don't need 642 reasons to carry this fun book, but we would love to hear a few comments on why you think we should. Would you love to get creative with 642 Things to Write About?

                      Malorie
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      This is a great way to get your brain going!

                      Ann
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      An interesting gift idea.

                      Geoffrey
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Clever and different. Would be nice if everything wasn't made in China.

                      Robyn
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      fun gift item for folks of all ages but esp a fun gift for someone who has everything or someone that you don't want to spend too much money on ;)

                      Jan
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Nothing like good old inspiration!

                      Shannon
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Kinda cool to get some creative juices flowing!

                      Holly
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      print in the US and i would buy

                      Betty
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Not worth the price

                      Pauline
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I love this idea. Would buy it for sure.

                      Therese
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Very clever! Wonderful way to cure boredom or ease writer's block.

                      Tricia
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Good idea. Wish it were made elsewhere!

                      Debbie
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      This is great, I lready know who I will buy it for (besides myself)

                      Jill
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Made in China....won't buy it!

                      Beth
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Anything that spark's creativity is a good thing.

                      Robin
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Interesting idea...but printed in China? Come on!!!!

                      Donna
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Why made in CHINA??? There are paper printers here in the States! The Ideas are American..... So should be the BOOK!

                      Mary
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      seems like an awesome book

                      Barbara F
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      I'm not going to comment anymore, as what I'm saying is "erased" before I'm finished.

                      Anne
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      another scratch pad?

                      Denise
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      make it in the USA

                      Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                      Hi, Barbara. We're sorry for any frustration caused by your comments getting erased. It does take a while for comments to show up once you've posted them, and it looks like many of your comments are now live on our voting site. If you're having trouble with getting logged out before you can finish commenting please let me know!

                      Madeline
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Too bad it isn't "Made in the USA"....Why CHINA?? A Proud American should Buy American!

                      Anita
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Not a writer myself but I thought this looked like it would be interesting to use.

                      Kim
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      Sell these in my store cheaper

                      Holly
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      eh. That price plus shipping? Not really worth it. Cute design though. Also, why is it made in China?

                      Christine
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Very cool!

                      Alysha
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      I could see this being entertaining for about a day or two and then ending up getting lost on a bookshelf.

                      Ashley
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      This is a really cool, different idea! I would totally buy this book-seems good as a gift, or for yourself! The price is actually pretty decent too. Very clever and thought-provoking!~*(*^_^*)*~

                      Tiana
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      This would also make a nice journal. It's a paper blog! All your random thoughts minus the embarrassing Internet trail.

                      Sondra
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      ALTHOUGH THE IDEA AND POSSIBILITIES AREENTICING--MADE IN CHINA IS NOT

                      Andie
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      This seems really cool. Any information on whether it is appropriate for young adults.

                      Barbara
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Getting a little creative never hurts!

                      Daphne
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      If you are a writer you shouldn't need this!

                      Samantha
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Great gift idea!! I know JUST who I want to get this for!!

                      Linda
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Love this and would buy multiples for gifts!

                      Sima

                      Would love to see this made in the US from repurposed/recycled materials.

                      Kelly
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Creative!

                      amy
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      very fun and great idea!

                      david
                      Vote: Thumbs down!

                      boring things for boring people and made in China

                      Tanny
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      great gift for a sick friend, good price point.

                      Karen
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Can I buy this now please? :)

                      Kim
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      great journal for kids to use over the summer and for an aspiring writer of any age!

                      Helena
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Love it. Know many people I would give this to as a gift.

                      Elizabeth
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Sounds fun. Would like one for myself.

                      Debbie
                      Vote: Thumbs up!

                      Creative idea

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