Some Inspiration for Fiction Writers

During my undergrad, one of my creative writing classes required this really awesome “textbook.”

What If? - Bernays & Painter

It’s called “What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers” by Anne Bernays & Pamela Painter (like the picture of the book says!).

The entire thing is filled with a bunch of prompts and scenarios to work out your brain’s creative muscles. What I love about the prompts is that they’re reusable. The book asks you to come up with scenarios and create pieces that evoke specific feelings, so you can revisit the prompts and look at them from different angles the second time.

What we did during my class was keep a journal, and each week we had to choose two prompts from this book and write our responses in our journals (my teacher also made us hand write the responses – but that’s a post for another day). He collected them randomly throughout the semester to check them, of course, but I enjoyed the exercises.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for the perfect cure for that writer’s block! Here’s the link for both Amazon and Barnes & Noble if you’d like to check it out! There are older editions available, too.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/What-Writing-Exercises-Fiction-Writers/dp/0205616887/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341453510&sr=1-1&keywords=what+if+bernays

Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/What-If-Writing-Exercises-for-Fiction-Writers/Anne-Bernays/e/9780205616886

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