Encouraging a non-writer to write can be a real struggle. So can finding something to satiate the passion of a child who loves to write. What if you could hand them a book with 642 things to write about?
This oversized writing journal gets the creative juices flowing with a wide range of prompts from the fun and silly, to the deep and thoughtful, to self-reflection, to fictional, to poetry and even just writing simple things like definitions or single words.
- What would you do with an extra arm?
- Write about something you got in trouble for.
- Write about falling, without using the word falling.
- Write a poem in the shape of a tree.
- Describe your most embarrassing moment using only five words or phrases.
Each prompt has a place right in the book where you can write your response (and there’s always extra paper if you need MORE space!) And nothing needs to be overwhelming – most of the answer spaces are half a page or less, with only a few leaving the gap of the whole page for writing.
If your child really really hates writing, but you want to be able to help them think creatively or invite conversation – take the prompts and do it orally. They can even make great dinner story starters for everyone to think about and contribute to.
Now, what if it’s YOU that wants the encouragement for creative writing? Well, they have a smaller edition for adults too – 642 Stories to Write. The difference between these two books is that the adult one has some prompts which I wouldn’t consider kid-friendly or even safe – such as drinking, relationships, religion, language, and such. But there are some pretty fun ones in there too! This one is my favourite: “It was the only obvious thing to do with 100 yards of bubble wrap.” That one has sparked some creative ideas and conversations with my kids! How FUN would 100 yards of bubble wrap be?!
In honesty, I’d say that this particular book isn’t for everyone, but the kid one is terrific.
Where else can you ask a kid to both share about a special person who is no longer in their life, and if they’ve ever laughed so hard that something came out of their nose? I call this book a win.